In 2003, Pitzer College announced that it would adopt a test-optional admission policy following a study that proved that there was no direct correlation between academic success at Pitzer and standardized testing. Since Pitzer stopped requiring the SAT or ACT for admission, the campus has seen a 58 percent increase in diversity, an 8 percent increase in GPA, and a 39 percent increase in applicants with a 10 percent increase in retention. The College has also doubled the number of students from low income, first generation backgrounds.
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 if they feel 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.
Test-Score Data for the Enrolled Class of 2019
- Submitted SAT or ACT: 53.4%
- ACT Composite Middle 50%: 29 – 32
- SAT Critical Reading Middle 50%: 630 – 720
- SAT Math Middle 50%: 640 – 710
- Did not submit standardized tests: 46.6%
PITZER IN TEST-OPTIONAL NEWS
Will the New SAT Promote Diversity?
March 10, 2014
College Board announces major overhaul of SAT
March 5, 2014
Survey Affirms Pitzer Policy Not to Require Standardized Tests
February 28, 2014
New Study Says ACT & SAT Scores Shouldn’t Matter
February 20, 2014
New study questions value of college-entrance exams
February 18, 2014
SAT, ACT Scores Don’t Indicate Student’s College Success, Study Says
February 18, 2014
College Applicants Sweat the SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn’t
February 18, 2014
Getting In Without the SAT
March 1, 2013
Admission to Pitzer College
May 23, 2012
Pitzer College: An Unorthodox Rise to the Top
May 15, 2012
When Non-Submitters are the Norm
May 22, 2012
Pitzer College Announces SAT-Optional Admission Policy
February 7, 2003
*Please Note: Pitzer College will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admission. Applicants may submit scores from either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT (offered beginning March 2016)
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 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 three years at a high school for which English is the language of instruction.
A minimum score of 7 on the IELTS or 95 IBT on the TOEFL is required for regular admission. Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency and who have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 70 IBT are eligible for the International Scholars Program.
SAT or ACT scores are not required of transfer applicants.
New Resources Applicants
SAT or ACT scores are not required of New Resources applicants.