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About Pitzer

Pitzer College is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Claremont, California. Pitzer was founded in 1963 and now enrolls around 921 students a year, including 921 undergrads. Pitzer provides housing for up to 840 students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Pitzer! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Pitzer's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Pitzer students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Pitzer, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Pitzer has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Pitzer on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Pitzer on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Pitzer by April 1.

2021 Pitzer Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 37%
Average GPA 3.9
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 30%
Tuition $55,734

Is Pitzer a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer sense of what Pitzer offers and if it might be the right college for you.

Pitzer Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Pitzer. Around 17% of applicants get into Pitzer each year. Last year, 4,260 students applied to Pitzer and 706 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pitzer

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 81% of students who start at Pitzer return the next year. Pitzer's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 84%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Pitzer Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 52% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Pitzer's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Pitzer's endowment was valued at $144.4 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Pitzer spends about $36,560 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Pitzer

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Pitzer meets 97.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $41,051 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $21,032 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Pitzer. Based on this information, how does Pitzer sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Pitzer a good school for you?

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Where is Pitzer College Located?

Pitzer is located in the suburban setting of Claremont, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

If you want to see Pitzer for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 210 and 10 to Claremont, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Ontario International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Pitzer and Claremont are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Pitzer Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pitzer is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pitzer is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Pitzer ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 33

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pitzer is 32. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Pitzer. Students with an ACT score that falls between 31 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pitzer SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1330 - 1485


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

655 - 740

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pitzer students is 1410. Applicants with SAT scores of 1485 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pitzer, while applicants with SAT scores between 1330 to 1485 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1330 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pitzer.

Pitzer Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Pitzer is like? There are approximately 921 students enrolled at Pitzer. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 42% percent are from CA and 58% percent of students are from other states.


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