Class of 2017 Admission Data

Here is a quick look at our wonderful class of 2017!

Applications: 4,115
Acceptance Rate: 14.5%
Enrolled First-Year Students: 253
In State: 42%
Out of State: 58%
International: 11%
Students of Color: 40%
Females: 56%
Males: 44%
Average High School GPA: 3.86
We also welcome 15 transfer students and 11 New Resources Students!

International Students

This year’s class has the largest international representation in Pitzer’s history. The countries represented in this year’s freshmen class are:

China Denmark Hong Kong India
Japan Malaysia Mexico The Netherlands
The Philippines Peru Russia Singapore
Spain Switzerland Thailand Taiwan
The U.K.


  • 4% of the students in the entering class are Third Culture Kids (defined as students who spend a significant amount of their lives living away from their home countries).
  • 27 exchange students are studying at Pitzer this semester from Australia, Ecuador, England, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey.
  • For the Class of 2017, 72% of students admitted to Pitzer were admitted under our test-optional policy.

We are happy to welcome a class that truly embodies the values of Pitzer College. Here are some examples of the amazing things already accomplished by this class:

  • Served as a combat medic in Afghanistan for the military
  • Traveled to Tanzania to help establish women’s micro-finance programs
  • Founded an organization that granted many final dreams of patients in hospice
  • Led a campaign for a cleaner environment in her native New Delhi, India
  • Tutored Burmese refugees
  • Helped restore 150 native plants in Honolulu
  • Won multiple Irish Dance Championships
  • Was selected as the youngest member on the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee National Team in China
  • Raised $200,000 dollars for Syrian refugees
  • Established a nonprofit that helps create transgender-friendly policies at multiple schools
  • Founded the first gay-straight alliance at his school
  • Fought for worker’s rights in the Pomona College dining hall
  • Worked as a bicycle taxi driver in Chicago
  • Is the Youngest Bikram Yoga Instructor in the World
  • Is ranked one of the top teenage skiers in China
  • Drove all the way from New York just to visit his dream school – Pitzer College
  • Featured on NBC News in Chicago for his high academic achievement

We welcome the Class of 2017!