November 1, 2022

Dear Pitzer Community:

The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on two cases that may change the course of race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions.

For more than four decades, the Supreme Court has recognized race as a factor in higher education admissions processes, and the current Court could overturn this precedent when it delivers its decision early next year.

Like the two schools at the center of the cases, Harvard and University of North Carolina, Pitzer College has a holistic admissions process. We work to admit a class that reflects our core values, seeking a diverse body of students who are passionate about deepening and broadening their academic experience and for whom our special focus on social and racial justice education resonates.

This holistic admissions process is central to Pitzer’s mission, which is to produce graduates who are engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world, through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding, and environmental sensitivity. We are ever mindful of the future. This is why students come to Pitzer.

In the weeks ahead, we will continue to closely monitor the Court as the nation awaits its decisions.

What the Court decides in the Harvard and UNC cases will not change our mission. Pitzer College will adhere to the law while staying laser-focused on our mission and the core values that make us Pitzer.  

Provida Futuri,

Jill Klein P’15

Interim President