Claremont, Calif. (September 10, 2018)—U.S. News and World Report names Pitzer College among the country’s best liberal arts college and most innovative schools in its new 2019 Best Colleges rankings. U.S. News also recognized Pitzer as a best value in liberal arts colleges and a high school counselors’ top pick, as well as a top college for low student debt load and ethnic diversity.
The U.S. News “Most Innovative Schools” ranking highlights colleges or universities that are making the most “innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty students, campus life, technology or facilities” and is based on peer assessment of the college president, provost and admission dean.
Established in 1963, Pitzer College is a pioneer of innovative academic programming. The College was one of the first in the nation to offer an environmental studies program in the 1970s and was the first in the country to offer a degree in secular studies in 2010. This summer, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Pitzer College a $1.1 million grant to expand its prison education program – the nation’s first structured college curriculum of its kind—to the rest of The Claremont Colleges.
The U.S. News rankings also recognize Pitzer as a top 20 liberal arts college for lowest student debt load. The average amount of debt upon graduation at Pitzer was $20,947. 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.
For more than a decade, high school counselors have ranked Pitzer among their top school picks.
U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings are based on data gathered in spring 2018. The 2019 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 primarily focused on academic quality such as graduation rates, social mobility, faculty information and admissions data. The remaining 20 percent is based on academic reputation, determined by peer assessment from top academics at colleges and ratings from high school counselors.