A Decade's Performance at Pitzer College

Notable improvements to date since academic year 2001–2002

  • • US News rankings improved 50% , moving up 35 spots in 10 years (from being ranked #70 to #35, more rapidly than any other liberal arts college in the country)
  • • Moody’s increased Pitzer’s financial rating to A2 Stable (the first A2 rating in Pitzer’s history) at a time when it downgraded the entire US education sector to negative
  • Selectivity increased 76% (54% to 13%); entering student GPAs increased 11% (3.53 to 3.91)
  • Student applications increased 88% (2,300 to 4,324)\3 fundraising campaigns completed totaling $110 million
  • • Endowment increased 193%  ($43,379,000 to $127,162,000)
  • Annual Fund raising increased 80% ($1,088,304 to $1,957,574)
  • Constructed on time and under budget 8 mixed-use residence halls, for which the College was awarded gold and platinum LEED certification, and renovated two of the College's oldest buildings Scott Hall and Benson Auditorium.
  • 24 Fulbright Fellowships awarded to Pitzer seniors and alumni in 2013 (2 were awarded in 2001-02).
  • • In the past decade, Pitzer has had the most Fulbrights of any college/university per 1000 students.
  • Amount of financial aid awarded increased 125% ($9,805,820 to $13,984,033); overall institutional aid awarded grew from 54% to 86%
  • WSJ reports 6% annual increase in student debt from 2008-2012, while Pitzer showed a 16% decrease during the same time frame. The national average for student loan indebtedness after four year of college is $29,400; at Pitzer College it is $18,030, 38% less than the national average.
  • Size of the faculty increased 39% (54 to 75) with 52% of tenure/tenure track appointments made
  • Student/Faculty Ratio improved 29% (14:1 to 10:1)
  • Students studying abroad increased 36% (56% to 75%)
  • Freshman retention has increased from just over 80% in 2002 to 91% in 2013.
  • Campus acreage increased 526% (34 to 213 acres); 90% is dedicated to environmental programming
  • Square footage of academic, residential and administrative buildings increased 30% (349,431sf to 454,378sf
  • Sustainable practices reduced water usage on campus 50%