First-Year Applicants

Early Decision I Deadlines

  • November 15 – Applications due
  • November 15 – FAFSA due
  • November 15 – CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due
  • November 15 – In-person, Skype, and phone interviews due (optional)
  • December 18 – Admission and financial aid notifications
  • January 15 – Commitment deposits due
  • March 2 – Cal Grant program
    (CA residents) deadline

Early Decision II Deadlines

  • December 15 – Interviews due (optional)
  • January 1 – Applications due
  • January 1 – FAFSA due
  • January 1 – CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due
  • February 12 – Admission and financial aid notifications
  • March 1 – Commitment deposits due
  • March 2 – Cal Grant program
    (CA residents) deadline

Regular Decision Deadlines

  • December 15 – Interviews due (optional)
  • January 1 – Applications due
  • January 1 – FAFSA due
  • January 1 – CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due
  • March 2 – Cal Grant program
    (CA residents) deadline
  • April 1 – Admission and financial aid notifications
  • May 1 – Commitment deposits due

The admission process at Pitzer College is highly personalized. The Admission Committee looks at each applicant to determine their preparation and potential for college-level work. We are looking for students who demonstrate strong academic ability, maturity and independence. Your application should show the ways in which you feel you will benefit from and contribute to Pitzer.

Your best preparation for success at Pitzer is the completion of a rigorous college preparatory program. Academic challenge is important and you should maintain a rigorous course schedule through your senior year. Your studies should include four years of English (especially courses that emphasize writing) and at least three years each of foreign language, mathematics and social, behavioral and natural sciences. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of honors and advanced placement courses offered at your school.

Common Application

Pitzer College is an exclusive user of the Common Application for first-year applicants. If you are a first-year student, please click the following link to complete the application: Common Application. All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

Application Fee

A $70 application fee is required with each application. If your family qualifies for an application fee waiver, please complete the Common Application Fee Waiver.

Pitzer Writing Supplement (Required for all applicants)

The required Pitzer Writing Supplement section of the Common Application gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability and illustrate your passion and creativity in responding to a particular question. Because we want to get to know you and discover what you have to offer this community, your essays are invaluable. The Writing Supplement has a maximum length of 650 words.

At Pitzer, five core values distinguish our approach to education: social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. As agents of change, our students utilize these values to create solutions to our world’s challenges. Please answer only ONE of the following prompts.

  • Incorporating one or more of our core values, how would you contribute to solving a local or global issue of importance to you?
  • Reflecting on your involvement throughout high school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?

Teacher Recommendations

Two recommendations from teachers are required. Recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application website at: My Colleges > Pitzer College > Recommendations and FERPA. There you can find instructions for submitting recommendations online or via an offline form that should be scanned and emailed to the Office of Admission at High school teachers can provide helpful information in their evaluations, discussing your performance in their class and more on your intellectual curiosity, energy, relationships with classmates, etc. It is preferable that letters come from teachers who have taught you during your junior or senior year in a core academic subject. Please note: All recommendation letters must be sent to our office directly by the recommender. 

School Report

A report from your school counselor is required (a Counselor Recommendation is optional). Recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application website at: My Colleges > Pitzer College > Recommendations and FERPA. There you can find instructions on how to submit the school report online. Any offline forms should be scanned and emailed to the Office of Admission at Please note: All recommendation letters must be sent to our office directly by the recommender. 

Request an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the Office of Admission (complete through your junior year). You must also request that your first semester senior grades (Midyear Report) be sent to us as soon as they become available. If you have taken graded college courses, please submit official copies of those transcripts as well.

Mid-Year Report

The mid-year report should be submitted as soon as first trimester or first semester senior grades are available. It is important to maintain a high level of achievement throughout your senior year because we consider senior grades as we evaluate applicants. Admitted students and students who have already completed high school will be asked to submit a Final Report including a final transcript.


Test-Optional Policy

Pitzer College uses a holistic approach to student admission with emphasis placed on high school transcripts, recommendation letters, leadership positions, work history, involvement in school and community activities, and commitment to Pitzer’s core values. The College is test-optional, providing students the opportunity to present application material that accurately reflects their diverse academic talents and potential. Students can submit either the SAT or the ACT by the application deadline if they feel like their results best-represent their academic potential. The admission committee makes no assumptions as to why some students choose to submit scores while others don’t. All students are given equal consideration in the admission process. You can read more about our test-optional policy here.

7-Year Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine Program Applicants
Students applying for the Joint Medical Program are required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

Homeschooled Students or Those Without Traditional Grades
Homeschooled students or students who attend secondary schools of which grades are not provided are required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

International Applicants

We require the IELTS or TOEFL from students whose native language is not English. We also require the IELTS or TOEFL scores for students that, by the time of submitting a Pitzer application, have not completed at least two years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction. Find out more here.


Individual interviews provide students with the opportunity both to tell us about themselves and to learn more about Pitzer from an Admission Counselor or Admission Fellow (current Pitzer senior). Interviews are available for seniors from May (end of junior year) through mid-December at selected times throughout the day, Monday through Friday. Interviews on Saturday mornings are available by appointment in the fall through mid-December. You can schedule an office, phone or Skype interview by clicking here.

To learn more about interview opportunities, click here.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit

AP credits are applied toward the 32 course graduation requirement, but may not be used to satisfy an Educational Objective requirement or major requirement. There are some exceptions. Visit College Board Advance Placement (AP) Program Exams to learn more.

Eight courses will be granted for a IB Diploma. Credit for exams may be awarded only for higher-level exams (with a score of at least a five) at a ratio of 4 semester units per exam. Find out more about IB credits.

If admitted to Pitzer, students should have original copies of their AP and IB exam scores sent to the Registrar’s Office to be evaluated for course credit.

Early Decision Deadlines

Students who have thoughtfully determined that Pitzer College is their first choice and who have superior academic records are invited to apply as Early Decision applicants. Early Decision is a binding agreement whereby applicants agree that if they are admitted to Pitzer, they will withdraw all other applications and not initiate new ones. Students applying to Pitzer Early Decision I or Early Decision II agree not to apply simultaneously to another Early Decision institution. Applications for Early Decision I are due on November 15 and applications for Early Decision II are due on January 1.

Submitting Additional Material (SlideRoom)

Pitzer College practices a holistic admission process, with the greatest weight placed on academic preparation, extracurricular activities and engagement with Pitzer’s core values. Please note that we do not admit first-year students to specific majors (i.e., art, music), therefore art supplements are not required or expected. If you would like to submit materials to demonstrate your diverse academic talents and projects, you can submit art work, research abstracts, videos or other materials through SlideRoom. Please use the Arts Supplement question in the Common Application to connect to the SlideRoom submission process (note that SlideRoom requires an additional $5.00 fee). All SlideRoom materials must be submitted by the application deadline for Early Decision applicants and January 15th for Regular Decision applicants.

Please be advised: Applicants are not expected to provide additional materials as part of the admission process. We request that you do not mail CDs, DVDs, award certificates, scrapbooks, or other print/digital materials to the Admissions Office.

Athletics: Becoming a Sagehen

If you are interested in playing varsity sports while at Pitzer, please complete the Prospective Recruitment Form here: If you have any questions regarding a specific sport, you can find coach’s contact information here:

Undocumented Students

The Undocumented Student Scholarship is a need-based, four-year scholarship awarded to top-performing students of Latin American descent who attend high school in California and are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The scholarship is given annually to a student who embodies the core values and mission of Pitzer College. The Undocumented Student Scholar will have the opportunity to realize their dreams and pursue an education regardless of citizenship status.

Deferring Entrance

Once admitted, students may be considered for deferral for a year to pursue non-academic goals. To hold a place, you must submit your commitment deposit by May 1 together with a letter requesting deferred entrance which explains your plans for the deferral period. Deferral candidates will be reviewed and notified of the decision by the admission committee shortly after receipt of the required documents.

Financial Aid

Any student whose family is unable to meet the costs of a Pitzer education is encouraged to apply for financial aid. To do so you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the time your application is due (Nov. 15 EDI, Jan. 1 EDII & RD). This is required for all federal student aid eligibility. The FAFSA is available online at All applicants must also complete a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by the dates provided above, which can be found at If you are a California resident you must also apply for a Cal Grant by completing the FAFSA and a Cal Grant Verification Form by March 2. To find out more, visit

Page last updated on March 13, 2017