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Find out more about how Pitzer College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you’ll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Pitzer College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Pitzer College was awarded 217 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Pitzer is ranked #79 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Pitzer held the #163 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Pitzer also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

See all of the rankings for Pitzer College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Pitzer?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 17%, Pitzer is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Learn more about Pitzer College admissions.

Pitzer College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Pitzer it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Pitzer College is 87%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  87 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pitzer College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Pitzer College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Pitzer the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 77%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  77 out of 100

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Pitzer College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 922 undergraduates at Pitzer with 802 being full-time and 120 being part-time.

How Much Does Pitzer College Cost?

The overall average net price of Pitzer is $34,071. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Pitzer

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,922 $7,693 $15,939 $33,809 $45,705

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Pitzer, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Pitzer, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $4,890 a year. That adds up to $19,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pitzer is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Pitzer Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Pitzer make about $48,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Pitzer students since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Claremont, California. The suburban atmosphere of Claremont makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Pitzer are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6101
Phone: 909-621-8000

Pitzer College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 35 NA
General Psychology 29 NA
Economics 29 NA
Communication & Media Studies 19 $42,774
Political Science & Government 18 NA
Sociology 18 $37,568
Mathematics 16 NA
Human Resource Management 15 $52,107
Fine & Studio Arts 15 NA
Computer Science 10 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Pitzer College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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