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Colleges / Pitzer College

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate18%
Acceptance Rate18%

Pitzer Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Pitzer, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who submit their applications to Pitzer for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Pitzer Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Pitzer's admissions stats.

Pitzer 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 69.23%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 16%
Waitlist Yes

Pitzer College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Pitzer College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 18
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 15
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Pitzer?

Pitzer offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 18.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Pitzer is 47%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 18%. In 2022, Pitzer admitted 166 of the 350 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Pitzer College Admissions

Transferring to Pitzer College

For more information on transferring to Pitzer College, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Pitzer

Pitzer has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Pitzer Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Pitzer

What does Pitzer consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Pitzer for more information on admission factors.

Pitzer 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Pitzer, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Pitzer's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pitzer?

Students admitted to Pitzer have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 14.92% submitted a class rank. At Pitzer 69.23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 90.38% were in the top 25% and 98.08% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Pitzer College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 37.72%
3.75 and 3.99 32.52%
3.50 and 3.74 21.17%
3.25 and 3.49 7.36%
3.00 and 3.24 1.23%
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Pitzer directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Pitzer considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 19% of Pitzer's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 16% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Pitzer?

To be competitive with other Pitzer applicants, you should strive to score between 1408 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pitzer 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1408, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pitzer students scored 762.5 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pitzer students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Pitzer?

To be most competitive at Pitzer, you should strive to earn between 31 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pitzer's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pitzer students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Pitzer College

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Pitzer during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Pitzer Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pitzer?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Pitzer.

Does Pitzer accept transfer credits?

✅ Pitzer accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Pitzer accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Pitzer accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pitzer?

✅ Pitzer is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Pitzer's acceptance rate?

✅ Pitzer's acceptance rate is 18%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pitzer?

✅ Pitzer's early decision acceptance rate was 47% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Pitzer?

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Pitzer Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Pitzer? Pitzer is a very selective institution. The Pitzer acceptance rate is 18%. This means that the institution accepts 18 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Pitzer ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


31 to 33


31 and Less


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Pitzer SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1408 - 1500


Math SAT Range

690 - 763


Reading SAT Range

700 - 750

Pitzer GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pitzer, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.93. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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