Claremont, Calif. (August 31, 2016)—The Princeton Review named Pitzer College #9 in “Great Financial Aid” and #11 in “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” in its 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges.
The Princeton Review surveyed 143,000 students at 381 top colleges, asking undergraduates to rate their schools on dozens of topics. The “Great Financial Aid” category reflects students’ satisfaction with their aid award packages.
Pitzer College is committed to meeting 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated need through a financial aid package that includes grants, work-study jobs and loans. The average need-based financial aid scholarship is more than $40,200 for full-time students. Pitzer has decreased the average indebtedness after four years of study to less than $22,000 and increased its institutional aid by 71 percent since 2005. The College has made financial aid a primary commitment in its fundraising efforts.
The “Students Most Engaged in Community Service” category reflects responses to the question, “How committed is the student body to community service?” Pitzer has been dedicated to building a better world since its founding in 1963. Today, Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center puts the College’s commitment to social responsibility into action by integrating work in the community with work in the classroom. Through partnerships, students spend thousands of hours engaging with the community on programs ranging from tutoring women who are recovering from drug abuse to teaching English as a second language to day laborers.
Pitzer College offers approximately 20 courses that incorporate service learning each semester, connecting students and faculty with local organizations for on-site research and educational opportunities, benefiting both the students and the community.
The 2017 edition of Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, The Best 381 Colleges (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review Books), goes on sale today; the e-book edition will be available October 11. It is the 25th annual publication of the book.
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