Claremont, Calif. (September 14, 2020) – In the newly released 2021 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News and World Report names Pitzer College among the country’s best liberal arts colleges ranking at #36, tied with Oberlin College, Skidmore College, and Holy Cross.
Since its founding in 1963, Pitzer College has been a pioneer of innovative academic programming while emphasizing the importance of student and community engagement. The College was one of the first in the nation to offer an environmental studies program in the 1970s, and Pitzer students volunteer over 100,000 hours of service annually with local community partners.
Pitzer College meets 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated need through financial aid awards that include grants, work-study jobs and loans. The College continues to make student financial support a high priority and helps students graduate with minimal debt. Currently, the median amount of debt upon graduation at Pitzer is $14,625, which is the 12th lowest nationally for liberal arts colleges.
In the rankings released today, Pitzer also ranks #17 in Campus Ethnic Diversity in the national liberal arts colleges category. The fall 2019 student body included 37.9 percent of students from underrepresented groups and 8.3 percent international students. Fourteen percent of the Pitzer student body were first-generation college students.
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 36 liberal arts colleges in the country in the 2021 U.S. News rankings.
U.S. News ranked 1,452 colleges and universities for this 36th edition of the rankings. To calculate the top schools, U.S. News focused on academic quality and emphasized outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility. Outcomes are the most highly weighted factor, contributing 40% to each school’s overall score.
Last month, The Princeton Review ranked Pitzer #1 for Most Politically Active students and #4 for Best Campus Food in its 2021 The Best 386 Colleges publication. They also included Pitzer in their list of Colleges That Create Futures and Best Value Colleges “based on a combination of institutional and student survey data, including academic rigor, affordability, and career outcomes for graduates.”