Pitzer College

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School Overview

Pitzer College is a privately owned liberal arts college located in Claremont, California about 30 miles due east of downtown Los Angeles. Pitzer is a member of the Claremont Colleges (an American consortium of 7 colleges in the Claremont area).

General Information

Admission Office

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101

(909) 621-8129

(800) 748-9371

Fax: (909) 621-8770

Contact: Arnaldo Rodriguez

Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid
Main Address

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-8000


Total undergrads: 1,025

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 264

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,025


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 22%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $35,912 $37,870 $39,330 $41,130 +4.58%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,202 $10,930 $11,440 $11,950 +4.46%
Other $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,114 $50,800 $52,770 $55,080 +4.38%
In-state Off Campus $36,912 $38,870 $40,330 $42,130 +4.46%
In-state with Family $36,912 $38,870 $40,330 $42,130 +4.46%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 156 59%
Grant or scholarship aid 132 50% $2,946,647 $22,323
• Federal grants 29 11% $159,968 $5,516
• Pell grants 29 11% $89,218 $3,076
• Other federal grants 25 9% $70,750 $2,830
State and local government grant or scholarships 24 9% $224,835 $9,368
Institutional scholarships or grants 132 50% $2,561,844 $19,408
Student loan financial aid 88 33% $543,512 $6,176
• Federal student loans 88 33% $327,752 $3,724
• Other student loans 18 7% $215,760 $11,987

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 295
Architecture and Related Services 1
Environmental Design/architecture 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 13
African-american/black Studies 2
American/united States Studies/civilization
Asian Studies/civilization 1
Asian-american Studies 2
East Asian Studies 1
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 3
Women’s Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12
Biology/biological Sciences, General 2
Molecular Biology 1
Neuroscience 9
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 9
Business/managerial Economics
Organizational Behavior Studies 9
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 27
Mass Communication/media Studies 26
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1
Education 1
Urban Education and Leadership 1
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature/letters 20
Creative Writing 2
English Language and Literature, General 16
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 17
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Linguistics 2
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 14
History 8
History, General 8
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mathematics, General 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 36
Biological and Physical Sciences
Human Biology 10
International/global Studies 17
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6
Science, Technology and Society 2
Systems Science and Theory 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 17
Environmental Science 1
Environmental Studies 16
Physical Sciences 5
Chemistry, General 2
Geology/earth Science, General 1
Physics, General 2
Psychology 36
Psychology, General 36
Social Sciences 64
Anthropology 6
Economics, General 11
Economics, Other 1
International Relations and Affairs 2
Political Economy 3
Political Science and Government, General 23
Political Science and Government, Other 1
Social Sciences, Other 1
Sociology 16
Visual and Performing Arts 28
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 1
Fine/studio Arts, General 17
Music, General 3
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Caribbean Studies B
European Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biophysics B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Organizational Behavior Studies B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B


American History (U.S.) B
European History B
History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B
Natural Sciences B
Neuroscience B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Organic Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Pitzer College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (909) 621-8000
Website: https://www.pitzer.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.pitzer.edu/admission/apply/
Address: 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6101
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,086
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 83%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,086 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $56,018
Out-of-state Tuition: $56,018
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 48%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $36,748

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Pitzer College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pitzer College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Health Professions and Related Programs 4
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 5
Psychology 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 10
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 71

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pitzer College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $56,018
Out-of-state $56,018
Books and supplies $1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 130 48%
Grant or scholarship aid 117 43% $36,748
Student loan aid 81 30% $4,793

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 480 45% $40,264
Federal student loans 314 29% $5,037

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pitzer College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pitzer College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,415 1,420 2,995
Percent admitted 100% 17% 12%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 8% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pitzer College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,086
Undergraduate enrollment 1,086
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pitzer College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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