Pitzer College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 700


Early Decision
November 15

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Racial / Ethnic Status
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • American Literature (United States)
  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
  • English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • European History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General

Students Say

Pitzer College is “small, personal, and unique,” but because students have access to the classes and “excellent resources” at four other local colleges through the Claremont Consortium, “you can choose to make your college experience as large or as small as you want!” Pitzer doesn’t have a lot of requirements, so there’s a high degree of academic freedom and flexibility, including the opportunity to create your own major. Students gush about the level of “student autonomy,” calling Pitzer “a challenging school that allows students to become effective leaders.” Emphasis is on “social responsibility” and “intercultural understanding,” and classes “are constantly being connected to present society and how you can pursue social issues through your field of study.” “Professors are as zesty and zany as they are brilliant and intriguing” and they “encourage respectful dialogue inside and outside the classroom.” Generally, “emphasis [is] on discussion; besides intro courses you won’t find many lecture classes.” “Pitzer is all about analytical thinking and learning to think beyond the material in front of you. Professors won’t settle for summary; be prepared to form and argue your own opinions.” Students are very positive about their professors, calling them “life changing” and “dedicated and enthusiastic.” A history major says professors “demand a lot from their students,” and a political science major adds that “they want to know each of their students individually and help them out as much as they can.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Fabian Nunez
Speaker, California State Assembly

John Landgraf
President/Gen. Manager, FX Networks

Anne Archer

Max Brooks
Writer, Saturday Night Live

Susan Feniger
Restauranteur/host Food Network's Two Hot Tamales

Matthew Baer
Movie producer

Mablean Ephraim
Superior Court Judge/past host TV's Divorce Court

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

Parents can breathe a sigh of relief; Pitzer students tend to do very well on the job market. And they certainly benefit from a fabulous career center that’s able to tap into resources for all of the Claremont schools. For example, seniors can participate in the Claremont Colleges On- Campus Recruiting Program. This program runs during the majority of both semesters and brings a variety of employers—from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—to campus. As if that wasn’t enough, Pitzer also hosts an annual non-profit and public service career fair. Further, undergrads have the opportunity to participate in the Winter Break Shadowing Program. This unique practice pairs students with alums or parent hosts and allows undergrads to experience a day (or week!) in the life of a specific job/profession. The insight gleaned and the connections made are generally invaluable.

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Pitzer produces active, engaged graduates by placing their students at the helm of their educational careers. Unlike colleges that have pre-set criteria for each major with little room for individual control, Pitzer provides a set of educational goals that students use, in cooperation with their adviser, to create an academic plan with “an individualized program of study which responds to the students’ own intellectual needs and interests.” Students can choose from any of Pitzer’s four-one majors or any major offered by another Claremont College that is not available at Pitzer. In addition, students may create their own Combined Major, which borrows elements from two majors to generate a specialized, interdisciplinary major. But for those who want to carve out an even more specialized space for themselves, Pitzer has a third option called a Special Major. Special Majors are for students who wish to pursue a line of academic inquiry that is not covered by any existing major. The student is responsible, in collaboration with at least two members of the faculty, for developing the title and purpose of the Special Major and for establishing the intellectual coherence and the academic guidelines for their Special Major. An Asian studies graduate of 2013 told us this kind of autonomy and interdisciplinary study was a huge pull. “I really liked and appreciated the fact that you had the option to design your own major, that there was no strict set of courses you had to take, but rather had the option to take many courses within different disciplines, many of which overlapped with other disciplines which allowed for a truly interdisciplinary experience.”
Service Learning

In addition to the premium it places on a student-guided education, Pitzer’s curricular structure also weaves in elements of its social justice mission. Katie Purvis-Robert, professor of chemistry and environmental science, told us that students who do well at Pitzer are “curious and want to change the world.” Student engagement is a huge part of Pitzer culture all the way down to its curriculum. All students, regardless of major, fulfill a Social Responsibility Objective through community service, community-based fieldwork, or a community based internship. Many Pitzer classes help to fulfill this requirement by pairing theory with practical, community-based application. In fact, Kathy Yep, assistant professor of sociology and Asian American studies, was awarded a Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellowship for service-learning courses that “focus on facilitating students’ analytical skills . . . by exploring social theories such as Pierre Bourdieu’s social reproduction or Chandra Mohanty’s feminist genealogies through collaborations with communities-at-large,” according to the school’s website.
Collectively these students have gained thousands of hours of experience in cooperation with “community partnerships [ranging] from after-school tutoring programs in underserved communities to first-generation college student retention efforts at the Claremont Colleges and adult literacy work with immigrant communities,” the school’s website explained. In addition, every student explores a topic of special interest within their major through at least two disciplines and two cultural perspectives. Students collaborate with their academic advisers and are encouraged to be innovative in their approach. Through social engagement and multifocal study, students are able to test, reevaluate, and fine-tune what they’ve learned in the classroom while gaining an appreciation for what Pitzer calls “the ethical implications of knowledge and action.”
Global Education

With sixty programs to choose from, study abroad is hugely popular at Pitzer. The Institute for Global Local Action “helps students integrate their learning from study abroad experiences with local community engagement.” For Sayjal Waddy, a 2007 sociology major, studying abroad was a transformative experience. “My semester abroad was the most valuable experience I had in college. The Pitzer in Botswana program was life changing. Through that program I lived in a rural village for a month with no electricity or running water. In that month I learned that I was stronger than I realized. I spent the rest of my time working in orphanages throughout the country.” Experiences like Sayjal’s run deep in Pitzer’s institutional memory. A history major from the Class of 1975 told us that “a clear grasp of their role as agents of change, here and abroad; a devotion to social-justice causes; a commitment to making the world more habitable, green, and just” are the defining characteristics of Pitzer graduates.
The college also operates a semester long study abroad program in Costa Rica through the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology. Located near the Hacienda Baru Reserve, the Firestone Center is a former lowland rainforest that was cleared for cattle farming during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Today Pitzer College manages the land through restoration ecology and sustainable forestry efforts. Students take classes in topical and human ecology where they study “critical interactions between humans and the natural world” and gain hands on experience in the study of tropical ecosystems, according to the program’s description.
Alumni Network

Alumni maintain strong ties to the college and the campus community, and nearly everyone we spoke with serves on the alumni board and mentors students. Pitzer graduates count among their numbers are a blend of writers and entertainers, including musician John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and the Emmy Award winning writer for Saturday Night Live Max Brooks. There are just as many political leaders, including Hunter Lovins, a sustainability entrepreneur and writer who served as a North American delegate to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development and was named a “Hero of the Planet” by Time magazine. When it comes to career, Pitzer College links up with rest of The Claremont Colleges in a joint On-Campus Recruiting Program that brings Paramount, Disney, Google, J.P. Morgan, and more to campus to tap into Claremont talent.
What does a Pitzer graduate, in particular, bring to the table? Dr. Suyapa Portillo, both an alumna and assistant professor at Pitzer, summed it up for us: “A graduating senior, a seasoned Pitzer student, has been engaged in some sort of project for a long-time (or the duration of their time at Pitzer and also while studying abroad), showing commitment and follow through. They are creative writers and researchers. There is a good balance between community work, and many understand the links between scholarship and societal concerns. They are probably going to apply and win a Fulbright, or Watson Fellowship, or end up going to work on something related to their course of study at Pitzer, from environment, to policy, to social justice, or healthcare.” A 2012 English and creative writing alumna agreed. She said, “Their real world identities are diverse, but what they share is that they are life-long philanthropists.”


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

At Pitzer “it’s all about possibilities.” While nearly unlimited resources and picturesque scenery don’t come without a cost— annual tuition totals $46,720 and room and board caps out at another $14,758—recent figures indicate that the school meets 100 percent of incoming freshman need and sustains that commitment across all four years. Thirty-five percent of undergraduates borrow to attend and the cumulative average indebtedness is $22,568.

Bang For Your Buck

With a strong study abroad program, a student body tallying just over 1,000 students, a student-faculty ration of 12:1, and the ability to extend one’s education in any school of the Claremont Consortium, Pitzer offers the breadth of experiences usually reserved for a large university— in an intimate college setting. Recently, students have benefited from “increasing support for students to gain internship experiences while in school,” including “a program to offer financial support to some students who partake in internships that they normally would not have had the opportunity to do because of travel and living expenses.” The Community Engagement Center “offers students the opportunity for internships that are more socially conscious in their focus and allow students the opportunity to help in the surrounding communities.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Federal ACG and National SMART
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
53% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

“The one thing all Pitzer students do have in common is awareness and community involvement. Every student on this campus has a strong voice.” Pitzer students are hard workers and “passionate thinkers,” “intelligent, chill, accepting, and friendly.” Though Pitzer is small, “there is such a wide variety of people [that] you’ll find a place where you fit in,” and a sociology student adds that, “You only really don’t fit in if you’re unfriendly and mean.” “At Pitzer, there are countless ways to meet people…and if you can’t find something at Pitzer you can definitely find it at one of the other Claremont Colleges.” Pitzer has a reputation as a “hippie” (and sometimes “hipster”) school, but students say the “diversity among personalities is growing rapidly.” One student says that Pitzer students “are a collection of creative people who, in their different ways, like to think outside of the box.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

Pitzer ’s location means great weather, which means “year-round outdoor activities.” “Everyday walking through campus you’ll see classes being held outside on the grass, students lying in hammocks reading, students studying while laying out by the pool, or students fixing old bikes at the Green Bike Program (a student-run club, promoting green transportation by providing bikes for the community).” Pitzer students love the “very laid-back and easy-going environment,” but find the school is still able to enforce “a serious education.” The College Consortium means there’s always something going on, whether it’s a “speaker series, dances, parties, or concerts,” and there’s “no shortage of things to do.” Students report an “average” amount of drinking and drug use, and a few noted that though there’s “a lot of pot smoking” they “never felt pressured” to take part. The five colleges “sponsor parties…with kegs, deejays, etc.,” though the big parties usually take place at the other colleges, or off campus. Pitzer is “close enough to Los Angeles to head in for concerts, museums, shopping, etc., [and] many students do camping trips in Southern California [or] head to the beach.” There’s also a campus organization, Pitzer Outdoor Adventures (POA), that “funds students each week to basically go out on epic adventures. Want gas money for surfing? Okay! Want some funds for a back packing trip? Done!” A leader of POA admits with the school funding adventures, it “doesn’t get much better.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Sagehens)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Sagehens)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: There is a 5-college gay/lesbian support group. www.pitzer.edu/offices/shared_resources.asp

Minority Support Groups: Intercollegiate departments of Chicano, Black and Asian American/Pacific Islander students, as well as student groups.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Claremont McKenna College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Harvey Mudd College


Pitzer students donate more than 100,000 hours of community service annually! The Pitzer Life Residential Project is a three-phase construction project that will position the college to become the first in the nation to have all LEED Platinum or Gold mixed-use residence halls on campus (two phases down, one to go). To date, a remarkable 40 percent of the buildings on campus are LEED Platinum or Gold. Pitzer’s College Council has adopted the Statement of Environmental Policy and Principles to further integrate socially and environmentally responsible practices into college operations and academics. The college offers majors in environmental analysis and environmental science, and a popular class in environmental justice. A number of classes include environmental labs and field research components, including an opportunity to study in Costa Rica’s Firestone restoration project. The Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology at Pitzer College offers students and faculty the opportunity to conduct hands-on environmental research in one of the world’s most ecologically diverse locales. The program features local collaborative resource management, a focus on human and tropical ecology, and the study of reforestation and sustainable agriculture. In fall 2012, Pitzer announced the launch of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, an innovative program to create the next generation of environmental changemakers. Eco Center and Garden Club are two student groups that are active on campus, and the student- operated Green Bike Program has helped ensure that 95 percent of student trips to campus are via alternative transportation. But perhaps most notably, Pitzer's entire 34-acre campus is considered to be part of the John Rodman Arboretum. Hence, students are privy to a landscape dominated by drought-tolerant, climate-appropriate and native plants.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Angela Tilley
Visit Coordinator

Admissions Office
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Grove House
McConnell Center
Gloria and Peter Gold Student Center
Marquis Library
The Mounds
http://www.pitzer.edu/admission/campusvisit.aspThe Claremont Colleges Consortium Pitzer students may cross-register at any of The Claremont Colleges, and may utilize all Claremont facilities, including Honnold Library, the third-largest academic library in the state, with more than 2 million volumes; Huntley Bookstore; Baxter Medical Center; McAlister Center for Religious Activities and Monsour Counseling Center. Pitzer sponsors the Joint Science Program with Claremont McKenna and Scripps colleges, and the five undergraduate colleges offer a wide range of recreational facilities, student gathering places and dining areas. Pitzer combines with Pomona College for NCAA Division III sports.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Universal Studios
Victoria Gardens Shopping
Joshua Tree National Park
L.A. County Museum of Arts
Situated at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountain range, Claremont, is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The desert, beaches and mountains are within an hour's drive. Pitzer students can take advantage of a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, rollerblading, snowboarding, surfing, and swimming. The Mexican border, San Diego and San Francisco are one or two hours away by car or plane. Ontario International Airport is a short drive from campus. The community of Claremont, population 35,000, has the atmosphere of a small town, with several parks, many trees, numerous churches and a downtown area with a variety of restaurants and shops.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday
8am-5pm and 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri, and during academic year, Sat mornings
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

30 minutes prior to tour, spring and summer

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Mon-Thurs, 1 night stay; college covers all expenses related to visit


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 12 miles east of Claremont on I-10 (the San Bernardino Freeway). Direct or connecting flights are available from all parts of the country. Hotel shuttles (Claremont Inn, Sheraton Fairplex, and Ramada Inn), taxis, and rental cars are available for the ride to campus. Los Angeles International Airport is about 50 miles west of Claremont. Air and ground connections are available from there to Ontario International Airport. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From any area except Pasadena, take I-10. Exit Indian Hill Blvd & travel north toward the mountains for 3 miles. Turn right on 12th St. becomes Platt Ave. Turn right on N. Mills Ave. Turn left on 9th St. Pass Pitzer Road (before Claremont Blvd) & turn left into East Mesa Parking Lot driveway. Admissions Office is in Pitzer Hall facing the parking lot. From Pasadena & the San Fernando Valley, take I-210 E. Exit Baseline & turn left. Turn left at Monte Vista, right at Claremont Blvd, cross Foothill Blvd. & take first right at 9th Street. Right turn into driveway of East Mesa parking Lot.

Local Accommodations
Double Tree Claremont (formerly Claremont Inn) Sheraton Ontario Airport Sheraton Suites Fairplex Doubletree Ontario Airport Hotel Marriott Ontario Airport La Quinta Inn and Suites Ontario Red Roof Inn Country Suites By Ayres Shilo Inn Suites Hotel Pomona Hilltop Embassy Suites Covina