Apply to Pitzer

In keeping with its commitment to the individual, Pitzer College has developed a highly personalized approach to the selective admission process. The Admission Committee will personally review your application to determine your academic preparation, the level and quality of your extracurricular activities and your potential fit with our college community.

Your application should demonstrate the ways in which you feel you will benefit from, contribute to or be challenged by Pitzer’s unique approach to an undergraduate education. We are looking for students who exhibit strong academic abilities, maturity and socially conscious independence. Because different people show and use their strengths in different ways, the Admission Committee does not expect essays to be answered in the same way, nor do we expect students who will benefit from Pitzer to have the same background, the same course work or the same culture.

Pitzer College adheres to the letter and spirit of the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Pitzer College admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, creed, handicap and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, handicap or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic and other college-administered programs or employment policies.

First-Year Students

Your best preparation for success at Pitzer is the completion of a rigorous college preparatory program. Academic challenge is important and that rigor should continue through your senior year. Your studies should include four years of English (especially courses that emphasize writing), at least three years of social and behavioral sciences and three years each of foreign language, laboratory science and mathematics. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of honors and advanced placement courses offered at your school. Learn more about applying as a first-year student.

International Students

In addition to the other required credentials, international students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We require the IELTS or TOEFL from students whose native language is not English and/or who have not studied for at least two years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction. A minimum score of 7 on the IELTS or 95 IBT or 240 CBT on the TOEFL is required for regular admission. Learn more about applying as an international student.

Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency and who have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6 or a TOEFL score of at least 70 IBT or 190 CBT are eligible for Pitzer International Scholars Program admission. Learn more about the International Scholars Program.

Joint Medical Program - Pitzer College & Western University of Health Sciences

Pitzer’s partnership with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California provides Pitzer students with the opportunity to obtain a B.A. and a D.O. in seven years. This rigorous and highly selective program, offered to incoming first-year students only, is designed to produce physicians in osteopathic medicine with a focus on the prevention of disease, promotion of health and the compassionate treatment of the patient as a whole person. Learn more about the Joint Medical Program with Western University of Health Sciences.

Transfer Students

Pitzer College welcomes transfer applicants from two-year and four-year institutions. To be considered for transfer admission, candidates must complete at least 16 semester units or 24 quarter units in academic subjects (including the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences) prior to the application deadline. Applicants who have completed at least 32 semester units or 48 quarter units in academic subjects may be reviewed without high school transcripts or test scores. Learn more about applying as a transfer student.

New Resources Students

Pitzer College established the New Resources program in 1974 to bring the small, liberal arts college experience to students of non-traditional college age. The program was founded with the conviction that a truly diverse campus is one eager to encounter the added dimension brought by students of a range of ages as well as backgrounds and interests. To be considered for admission, the applicant must be in good standing at the last institution attended and be 25 years of age or older. Learn more about the New Resources program.