New Resources Program

Required Application Materials

Email all completed New Resources Program materials to


March 2 – FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE due

April 1 – Applications due

April 1 – Interviews due (required)

May 13 – Admission notifications

June 15 – Commitment deposits due

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. New Resources students enroll in courses at Pitzer as well as the other Claremont Colleges. They may attend on full or part-time basis, and they are encouraged to plan their course loads with a realistic appraisal of their family and job commitments.

A student is considered a New Resources applicant if they are 23 years of age or older. The New Resources Program is designed for students who have not received a Bachelor’s degree nor followed the path of a traditional four year college student.

Prior experience for a New Resources student might include:
-Full-time work instead of school
-Time off school for other experiences
-Military duty
-Never attended college
-Currently enrolled at a junior college and not of traditional age

Pitzer Application

New Resources candidates may download the application and email the completed application to You will receive an email confirmation within five business days after submitting your application. If you do not receive this email, you should email to confirm that your application was received.

Application Fee

New Resources students must also submit a non-refundable $70 application fee. If the fee poses an economic hardship you should request a letter from the Financial Aid Office at the college/university in which you are currently enrolled indicating your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and enclose it with this form. If you are not currently enrolled in a college/university, you may submit a detailed letter explaining how the application fee poses and economic hardship for you.


Your essays are a very important part of your application. They serve as writing samples and tools to help us learn more about you. Feel free to be creative in your responses – help us understand how you think, and what you hope to bring to campus and receive from your experience at Pitzer.


A resume is required so that the Admission Committee can consider your involvement outside of the classroom.


Complete the top portion of two reference forms and give them to two current professors or other individuals who can comment on your academic potential (e.g., employers and volunteer supervisors). Please give these individuals plenty of time to submit their forms (at least four weeks in advance). We prefer that recommenders scan and email their references to If unable to email, the College Report can be mailed to our office.

College Report

If you have attended a college, you must submit the College Report. You will find a printable College Report above. The Report should be completed by a college official who has access to your full academic and disciplinary record, such as your Dean, Adviser or Register. You or the college official should scan and email the College Report to If unable to email, the College Report can be mailed to our office.

Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Request that ALL colleges/universities you have attended send an official copy of your transcripts to the Office of Admission.

Official Final High School Transcript

If you have completed less than a year of full-time college studies (32 semester credits or 48 quarter credits) by the time you submit your application, you must also submit your high school transcripts.

High School Diploma or Equivalency (GED)

All applicants must provide proof of high school graduation with a diploma or equivalency (GED).


Applicants for the New Resources program are required to have an on-campus interview with an Admission Counselor before the application deadline (phone or Skype interviews are available for out-of-state students). These interviews provide the opportunity to have questions answered concerning admission, program of study, transferable credit and financial aid. They also allow the Office of Admission to get to know more about your story and your interest in the New Resources Program. You can schedule your interview here.


Test Scores

Test scores (SAT or ACT) are not required from New Resources applicants.

International Applicants
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. Find out more here.

Transfer Credits

New Resources students can transfer a maximum of 64 semester units or 96 quarter units from a community college. An additional 32 semester units or 48 quarter units may be transferred from an accredited four-year institution.

Financial Aid

Students in the New Resources Program are eligible for financial aid while attending Pitzer on either a full or part-time basis. Full-time students will be able to apply for on-campus housing, but financial aid for room and board is not available (only tuition and fees). Students applying to the New Resources Program need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 2. Tax documents are due on May 1.