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
-Never attended college
-Currently enrolled at a junior college and not of traditional age
New Resources candidates may download the application or request a hard copy from the Admission Office.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If unable to email, the College Report can be mailed to our office.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.