Claremont, Calif. (September 12, 2017)—In U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings released today, Pitzer College ranked #33 and is rated among the country’s top 20 schools for “Best Ethnic Diversity” and least student debt.
The U.S. News “Best Ethnic Diversity” category recognizes schools “where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own.” The list factors in the mix of groups on campus, excluding international students.
In “The Payback Picture,” Pitzer is among the top 25 national liberal arts schools whose class of 2016 graduated with the lowest debt load. The average amount of debt upon graduation at Pitzer was $21,569. The 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 and grant award is more than $40,400 for full-time students.
Pitzer once again proved to be one of high school counselors’ top picks, coming in at #25. All five undergraduate Claremont Colleges ranked among secondary school advisers’ top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country. Pitzer also ranked on the “Foreign Student Factor” list for liberal arts colleges with the largest proportions of international students, with 9 percent of students coming to Pitzer from other countries.
Established in 1963, Pitzer emphasizes social sciences, environmental and interdisciplinary studies, the arts and humanities, and behavioral and natural sciences. In the 50 years since its founding, Pitzer has been a leader in developing innovative academic programming from environmental studies in the 1970s to secular studies in the 2010s. For six straight years, the College was the #1 producer of student Fulbright Fellows among bachelor’s institutions in the US. Home to the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, Pitzer was dubbed the nation’s greenest college by Niche.com. Since 2002, Pitzer has moved up 37 places from #70.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2018 rankings are based on data from fall 2016. The 2018 Best Colleges rankings were compiled to help prospective students and their families research more than 1,800 US-based universities and colleges. The rankings methodology focused on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent. The top national universities and national liberal arts colleges have significantly higher graduation and freshman retention rates than other schools.