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Pitzer College

Claremont, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate18%

Pitzer Admissions

Pitzer College is very difficult to get into. The college admitted 18% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 3,500 students applied to Pitzer College and 644 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Pitzer College, the regular decision application deadline is January 7 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who apply to Pitzer College for fall semester should hear back from Pitzer College by April 1.

Pitzer College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Pitzer College's admissions stats.

Pitzer College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 52.17%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
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 1 7 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Pitzer College?

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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 18.

πŸ—“οΈ 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 College is 40%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 18%. In 2021, Pitzer College admitted 163 of the 406 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept 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 College

Pitzer College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Pitzer College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important 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 apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Pitzer College

What does Pitzer College 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
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA 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
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

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

Pitzer College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
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 College?

Students admitted to Pitzer College have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 14.89% submitted a class rank. At Pitzer College 52.17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76.09% were in the top 25% and 100% 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 46.48%
3.75 and 3.99 30.63%
3.50 and 3.74 15.49%
3.25 and 3.49 6.34%
3.00 and 3.24 1.06%
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 College 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 College does not have 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.

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 College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Pitzer College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pitzer College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Pitzer College.

Does Pitzer College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Pitzer College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Pitzer College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pitzer College?

βœ… Pitzer College is not test optional.

What is Pitzer College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Pitzer College is 18%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pitzer College?

βœ… Pitzer College's early decision acceptance rate was 40% 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 18%. This means that the institution accepts 18 out of every 100 applicants.


Pitzer Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 7

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pitzer is Jan 7.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

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 3.98. 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 Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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