Claremont, Calif. (September 9, 2019) – In the newly released 2020 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News and World Report names Pitzer College among the country’s best liberal arts colleges ranking it #35, and #9 in Least Debt at Graduation for national liberal arts colleges.
Established in 1963, Pitzer College is a pioneer of innovative academic programming while providing a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. The College was one of the first in the nation to offer an environmental studies program in the 1970s and a first in the country to offer a degree in secular studies in 2010.
Pitzer College commits 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 College made financial aid a primary commitment in its fundraising efforts to help students graduate with low debt. Currently, the median amount of debt upon graduation at Pitzer is $14,045.
In the rankings released today, Pitzer also ranks #12 in Campus Ethnic Diversity and #15 in Most International Students in the national liberal arts colleges category. Thirty percent of Pitzer faculty are from underrepresented groups. The fall 2018 student body included 38.8 percent of students from underrepresented groups and 9.1 percent international students. Fifteen percent of the student body were first-generation college students.
Pitzer tied for #35 with Bucknell University and Thomas Aquinas College. All five undergraduate institutions of The Claremont Colleges – Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College and Pitzer College – rank among the top 35 liberal arts colleges in the country in the 2020 U.S. News rankings.
Last week, College Raptor named Pitzer #5 in its Hidden Gems with the Lowest Average Federal Student Loan Debt ranking. In August, Princeton Review included Pitzer in their Best Western, Best Value Colleges, Colleges That Create Futures and Green Colleges rankings.
U.S. News ranked nearly 1,400 colleges and universities for this 35th edition of the rankings. To calculate the top schools, U.S. News focused on academic quality and emphasized on outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility. Outcomes are the most highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 35% to each school’s overall score.