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Pitzer College, located in Claremont California, was founded in 1963 and is one of the institutions that comprise the Claremont Colleges. The school was the first independent women's college to open in the United States since Bennington College had done so in 1932. The school became co-educational in 1970, and at the time maintained an enrollment of 550 students. Today that number has nearly doubled, with students able to study in over forty programs available to them in a variety of concentrations. The small number of students allows for a more personal education and easier access to teachers and faculty.
Students at Pitzer College work alongside academic advisors and faculty to create personalized curriculum that best reflect the student's desired areas of study. Students will choose a major and develop their course load around the area of study in conjunction with advisor, developing a list of classes that must be completed in order to graduate. Students may also choose a minor, which requires a second set of courses to be completed in order to earn. Earning a bachelor's degree typically takes four years, and students at Pitzer College have access to additional courses at other Claremont Colleges member schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admission to Pitzer College is accomplished through the submission of a completed application that provides all the necessary information for the school to review. This includes a personal essay, standardized test scores and transcripts. The student is also required to interview with a representative either in person on campus or online, which will also be taken into consideration when determining admissions. Once all information is compiled, it will be reviewed by several admissions board members, and final decision made. The student will be notified as soon as possible, and if admitted, be provided with additional information to begin their college career.
Financial aid must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year and is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used to determine the student's financial aid packet.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may give you an idea of the students Pitzer accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- Letters of Recommendation are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Pitzer
We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at Pitzer College.
|Granted Admissions||597 (15%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||261 (44%)|
Pitzer College has a total student population of about 1,100.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are between $47,000-$56,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
- Per unit charges are around $6,400 for part time students
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||44%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||35%||$33,443|
|Receiving Student Loans||33%||$4,872|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 3.3%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, Pitzer College may provide services to students like:
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assisting students to find work
Pitzer College has a very high graduation rate when compared to other similar schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||73%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||9%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||0.4%|
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
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- California State Polytechnic University - Pomona in Pomona, CA (8 miles away)
- California State University - Fullerton in Fullerton, CA (19 miles away)
- California State University - San Bernardino in San Bernardino, CA (22 miles away)
- University of California - Riverside in Riverside, CA (23 miles away)
- California State University - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA (27 miles away)
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Pitzer College for official up-to-date information.