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About Pitzer

Pitzer College is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1963. It is very difficult to get into Pitzer. The institution enrolls around 921 students a year, including 921 undergrads.

Pitzer does not offer early action and offers early decision.

Pitzer Acceptance Rate 2021

Around 17% of applicants get into Pitzer each year. 37% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Pitzer. Out of 4,260 applications received in 2021, 706 students were offered admission .

Pitzer Application Deadlines

January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Pitzer by April 1.

Early Admissions at Pitzer

Pitzer College offers early decision. Pitzer does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 37%
Average GPA 3.9
Mean ACT score 32
Mean SAT score 1410
Tuition $55,734

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Pitzer.

Financial Aid at Pitzer

Pitzer meets 97.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Pitzer full-time are awarded $41,051 a year in financial aid, on average.

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

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve 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 don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does Pitzer Have Student Housing?

Pitzer offers housing for up to 840 students.

Most Pitzer students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for Pitzer students to join are Pitzer Outdoor Adventure, Live Your Best Life Records and First Generation Students. Kohoutek Festival, Halloween Festival, and and One Night Only (ONO) Festival are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Pitzer.

What GPA Do I Need For Pitzer College?

Pitzer is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. The average high school GPA for a student at Pitzer is 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Pitzer is 1410. The mean ACT scores is 32.

Is Pitzer Test Optional?

Pitzer is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 30% submitted the SAT. 24% submitted the ACT.

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Pitzer Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 500 applicants were waitlisted and 30 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Pitzer a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pitzer

About 81% of students who start at Pitzer come back for their second year of college. Out of the 268 students who started at Pitzer as first-time freshman, 202 graduate within four years.

Around 84% of students who started at Pitzer earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 and Debt for Pitzer Grads

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

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $21,032 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pitzer sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Pitzer a good school for you?

What is Pitzer's Endowment?

Pitzer's endowment was valued at $144,435,157 in 2021. The school spends $36,560 for each full-time student enrolled.

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Where is Pitzer?

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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33 and Above


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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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1485 and Above


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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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Student Life

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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