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Pitzer Admissions

If you want to apply to Pitzer, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Pitzer by April 1.

Pitzer Admissions Stats at a Glance

Pitzer 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 50.98%
Mean SAT Score 1410
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 24%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Pitzer?

Pitzer College 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 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Pitzer is 37%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 17%. Last year, Pitzer admitted 174 of the 472 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Pitzer College

It is very difficult to get into Pitzer. Pitzer evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Pitzer accepted 17% of students, around 706 of the 4,260 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Pitzer, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

In 2021, Pitzer waitlisted 500 students. Of those, 148 eventually got in.

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 are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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're strong.

Admissions Factors at Pitzer

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Pitzer 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

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, 22.68% submitted a class rank. At Pitzer 50.98% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 80.39% were in the top 25% and 98.04% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Pitzer College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 22.68%
3.75 and 3.99 28.64%
3.50 and 3.74 21.6%
3.25 and 3.49 6.57%
3.00 and 3.24 0.94%
2.50 and 2.9 0.94%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Pitzer considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 30% of Pitzer's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 24% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Pitzer?

To be competitive with other Pitzer applicants, you should strive to earn between 1330 and 1485 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pitzer 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1485 and 25% of scored lower than 1330, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Pitzer student is 1410.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pitzer students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 655 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pitzer students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 655 or higher.

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What's 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.

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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?

No, Pitzer is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Pitzer's acceptance rate?

Pitzer's acceptance rate is 17%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pitzer?

Pitzer's early decision acceptance rate was 37% in 2021.

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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 17%. This means that the institution accepts 16 out of every 100 applicants.



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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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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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1485 and Above


1330 to 1485


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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 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.

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