Pitzer College Requirements for Admission

What are Pitzer College's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Pitzer College and build a strong application.

School location: Claremont, CA


Admissions Rate: 13%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Pitzer College is 13%. For every 100 applicants, only 13 are admitted.

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This means the school is extremely selective. Meeting their GPA requirements and SAT/ACT requirements is very important to getting past their first round of filters and proving your academic preparation. If you don't meet their expectations, your chance of getting is nearly zero.

After crossing this hurdle, you'll need to impress Pitzer College application readers through their other application requirements, including extracurriculars, essays, and letters of recommendation. We'll cover more below.


Pitzer College GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.86

The average GPA at Pitzer College is 3.86.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.86, Pitzer College requires you to be near the top of your class, and well above average. Your transcript should show mostly A's. Ideally, you will also have taken several AP or IB classes to show that you can handle academics at a college level.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.86, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

Pitzer College has indicated that the SAT or ACT is required for some applicants. This can mean a few things:

  • The SAT or ACT is optional, but recommended by the school to improve your application chances.
  • You might be able to get admitted with through your GPA or class ranking alone.
  • Only specific departments at the school require the SAT or ACT.
If you're applying to this and other schools, it's safest to take the SAT or ACT. This will maximize your chance of getting into the best school possible, especially since most other students will be submitting their scores.

Pitzer College SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1342 (New: 1400)

The average SAT score composite at Pitzer College is a 1342 on the old 2400 SAT scale. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)

On the new 1600 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1400.

This score makes Pitzer College Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Pitzer College SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1310, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1510. In other words, a 1310 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1510 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math700650750
Reading353338
Composite140013101510

Pitzer College SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)

The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1250, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1440. In other words, a 1250 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1440 puts you well above average.

Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math673630720
Reading669620720
Composite134212501440

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Pitzer College has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Section."

This is also known as "superscoring." This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates you submit.

Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.

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For example, say you submit the following 3 test scores:

Section Reading Math Writing Composite
Test 1 700 300 300 1300
Test 2 300 700 300 1300
Test 3 300 300 700 1300
Superscore 700 700 700 2100

Even though the highest total you scored on any one test date was 1300, Pitzer College will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 1300 to 2100 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Pitzer College forms your Superscore, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your SAT superscore is currently below a 1440, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the SAT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.


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Pitzer College ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Pitzer College likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 30

The average ACT score at Pitzer College is 30. This score makes Pitzer College Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 29, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 32.

Even though Pitzer College likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 29 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 30 and above that a 29 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 32 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

However, in our research, we found that Pitzer College does in fact offer an ACT superscore policy. To quote their Admissions Office:

Test Optional. Contact school for information.

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Superscoring is powerful to your testing strategy, and you need to make sure you plan your testing accordingly. Of all the scores that Pitzer College receives, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all ACT test dates you submit.

Click below to learn more about how superscoring critically affects your test strategy.

How does superscoring change your test strategy? (Click to Learn)

For example, say you submit the following 4 test scores:

English Math Reading Science Composite
Test 1 32 16 16 16 20
Test 2 16 32 16 16 20
Test 3 16 16 32 16 20
Test 4 16 16 16 32 20
Superscore 32 32 32 32 32

Even though the highest ACT composite you scored on any one test date was 20, Pitzer College will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 20 to 32 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Pitzer College forms your Superscore, you can take the ACT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your ACT score is currently below a 32, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the ACT and retaking it. You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the ACT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will surely give you the highest Superscore possible.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.

Pitzer College requires you to take the SAT/ACT Writing section. They'll use this as another factor in their admissions consideration.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Pitzer College requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high SAT/ACT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their SAT/ACT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.

To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1440 SAT or a 32 ACT. You should also have a 3.86 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score.

For a school as selective as Pitzer College, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 1440 SAT or a 32 ACT, you unfortunately start out with the odds against you and have a tiny chance of getting in. There are just too many students with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.



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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Pitzer College here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 3
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $70
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required for some
  • SAT or ACT Writing Required
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office January 1

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Foreign Language 3
  • Social Studies 3
  • History 1
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes January 1 April 1
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • Yes November 15, January 1 January 1

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Pitzer College, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Pitzer College.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than Pitzer College. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 2160 32
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1490 2150 32
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1450 2085 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1450 2080 31
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1420 1376 30
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1440 2060 32
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Pitzer College, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1430 2046 31
New York University New York, NY 1410 2016 30
Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA 1370 1315 30
Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 1370 1948 29
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 1370 1947 29
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1370 1940 31

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Pitzer College, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Pitzer College is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1330 1874 27
American University Washington, DC 1320 1858 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28

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