Pitzer College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

East and West Residence Halls at Pitzer College
East and West Residence Halls at Pitzer College. Lauriealosh / Wikimedia Commons

Pitzer College Admissions Overview:

Students applying to Pitzer will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement/writing sample. The school is test-optional, meaning that applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. With an acceptance rate of 14%, Pitzer is a selective school, and successful applicants will need a strong application and supporting materials.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Pitzer College Description:

Founded as a women's college in 1963, Pitzer College is now a highly-ranked, private, coeducational college. Pitzer College is one of the five undergraduate members of the Claremont Colleges, and students share resources with and often cross register at Pomona CollegeScripps CollegeClaremont-McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College. Pitzer has roughly 1,000 students on its 35-acre campus, but the collaborations between the Claremont Colleges gives it the resources of a much larger university. Pitzer has educational objectives rather than core requirements, and the curriculum is highly interdisciplinary with an emphasis on social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. Academics are supported by an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,062
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,430
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,762
  • Other Expenses: $1,000
  • Total Cost: $68,192

Pitzer College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 45%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,359
    • Loans: $4,341

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Pitzer College Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.pitzer.edu/about/mission.asp

"Pitzer College produces engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education emphasizing social justice, intercultural understanding and environmental sensitivity. The meaningful participation of students, faculty and staff in college governance and academic program design is a Pitzer core value. Our community thrives within the mutually supportive framework of The Claremont Colleges which provide an unsurpassed breadth of academic, athletic and social opportunities."