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Overall Score: 66.18

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA http://www.pitzer.edu/
Pitzer is a small liberal arts school that some affectionately think of a cross between a summer camp and a college. As the middle child of the Claremont Colleges, Pitzer shares some facilities with the other “5Cs,” and students can take classes at those colleges. (Along with Pitzer, the consortium includes Harvey Mudd, Pomona, Scripps and Claremont McKenna colleges, plus two graduate schools.) Pitzer’s nontraditional academic philosophy allows students to design their own majors and choose gen-ed classes that interest them. The student body is full of laid-back, liberal, socially aware and intelligent free spirits. The campus is covered in graffiti, with outdoor art spaces provided for students to express themselves through murals. Students can shuffle in their flip-flops and tie-dye to quaint downtown Claremont during the day and spend nights hanging around the Mounds or other on-campus hotspots for live music and social festivities. The outdoorsy types often venture to nearby mountains, hot springs and beaches for weekend excursions, and Los Angeles is close for anyone looking for a metropolitan diversion.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$79,000
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,800
Average price for low-income students
$9,750

Admissions

Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
1,090

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
93%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit grants
1%
Average merit grant
$4,740

Student Success

Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$17,725
Early career earnings
$62,190
% earning more than a high school grad
68%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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