Required Application Materials
- Common Application’s Transfer Application with Pitzer-specific questions
- $70 Application Fee or Fee Waiver Request
- Pitzer writing supplement
- Two Academic Recommendations (from college faculty members or teaching assistants)
- College Report from your current or most recent college
- Official Transcripts
Fall Transfer Deadlines
April 1 – Applications due
April 1 – Interview deadline (interviews are optional)
May 13 – Admission notifications
June 15 – Commitment deposits due
Spring Transfer Deadlines
October 1 – Applications due
October 1 – Interview deadline (interviews are optional)
November 13 – Admission notifications
December 10 – Commitment deposits due
Pitzer College welcomes transfer applicants from two-year and four-year institutions.
A student is considered a transfer applicant if they have earned a high school diploma or GED and completed one or more semesters or two or more quarters of college credit.
If you are over 23 years of age, you may be considered as a New Resources student.
In assessing transfer candidates, the Admission Committee will pay particular attention to work done in college courses. Transfer students should complete any first-year writing courses required at their current institution prior to enrollment at Pitzer. Matriculated transfer students must complete at least two years of study at Pitzer in order to earn a Pitzer College degree. Students who wish to transfer from two-year colleges may do so before they have completed their A.A. degrees. However, we strongly suggest that prospective transfer students take courses from a broad range of subjects including the humanities, math, social science and science.
Pitzer recommends that California community college students complete courses within the Inter-Segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Information regarding the IGETC course series can be obtained from the counseling center at your community college. You may contact the Pitzer Office of Admission if you would like assistance in planning your course schedule.
Pitzer College accepts the Common Application as its only application for admission for transfer students. All sections are required. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not always able to send reminders regarding which pieces of your application have been received or not. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your application is completed by the appropriate deadline. The Transfer Common Application will give us the vital information we need from you to create your personal file. Your application must be submitted by April 1 for fall semester, or October 1 for spring semester.
A $70 application fee is required with each application. If you or your family qualifies for an application fee waiver, please complete the Common Application Fee Waiver.
Pitzer Writing Supplement
The Pitzer Writing Supplement section of the Common Application gives you an opportunity to show your writing ability and illustrate your passion or 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 Pitzer 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 in school or within the community, how have you engaged with one or more of Pitzer’s core values?
Two recommendations from college professors (or teaching assistants) are required. These recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application website. Please use the “Assign Recommenders” feature on the Common Application site (My Colleges > Pitzer College > Recommendations and FERPA) to send emails to your professors, which will include a link and instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You can also find instructions there for an offline recommendation form which should be scanned and emailed to the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may not use recommendations from secondary school teachers in lieu of recommendations from college faculty.
Please download the College Report from the Common Application website. You can locate the Report to download by going to: My Colleges > Pitzer College > Recommendations and FERPA. The form is located under the College Report section. The Report should be completed by a college official who has access to your full academic and disciplinary record, such as your Dean,
Advisor or Registrar. You or the college official should email the completed Report to email@example.com.
Request that all colleges/universities you have attended send an official copy of your transcript to the Office of Admission (at least four weeks in advance of the deadline) at firstname.lastname@example.org or the mailing address seen below. You must also submit your high school transcript if you have completed less than a year of full-time studies (32 semester credits or 48 quarter credits) by the time you submit your application. You may also scan and email an official copy of your high school transcript to email@example.com.
Pitzer College uses a holistic approach to student admission with emphasis placed on college and 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.
Transfer students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT. International transfer students need to submit the TOEFL or IELTS if their native language is not English and/or who have not studied for at least three years at a school for which English is the language of instruction. Find out more about Pitzer College’s Test-Optional Policy.
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. While an interview is not required for transfer students, it is recommended. The Office of Admission is open for interviews and tours all year, Monday through Friday and select Saturday mornings in the fall by appointment. If you cannot visit Pitzer, we can arrange for an interview with an admission representative over the phone or via Skype.
To learn more about interview opportunities, click here.
Students can transfer a maximum of 64 semester units or 96 quarter units from a community college.
Submitting Additional Materials (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 transfer students to specific majors (i.e., art, music), therefore art supplements are not required or expected. If you would like to submit creative materials to demonstrate your diverse academic talents and projects, you can submit art work, research abstracts, or other artistic 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.
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.
Any student whose family is unable to meet the costs of a Pitzer education is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Students applying for financial aid need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 2 for fall semester, or October 1 for spring semester consideration. Fall transfer applicants must submit tax documents by May 1 and spring transfer applicants must submit tax documents by October 1.
International Transfer Financial Aid
Financial aid is offered for international transfer candidates, but it is competitive. International transfer candidates who wish to apply for financial aid need to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by March 2 for fall semester, or October 1 for spring semester consideration.
Please Note: International students, regardless of whether they are seeking financial aid, must submit the International Student Certification of Finances to the Office of Admission.
Pitzer College is committed to serving transfer applicants from both two and four year institutions. To illustrate our commitment, Pitzer has partnered with the American Honors Program and the Honors Transfer Council of California. Both programs have demonstrated a level of commitment to transfer students and the college search.