Participants will be selected by a committee of Pomona College faculty, staff and students. The selection committee will consider every part of the application and make recommendations based on academic potential.  In some cases, the selection committee will request to interview an applicant. Each year the committee admits 30 participants.

Selection Process

The dates for the 2015 selection process are as follows:

  • Application Opens: Friday, January 9, 2015
  • Application Deadline:  Friday, February 20, 2015 (complete application and supporting documents must be postmarked by this date)
  • Application Review:  February 23 – April 30, 2015 
  • Notification of Decision: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summer Program Dates

Sunday, June 21- Friday, July 17, 2015

**Academic Year Calendar will be shared upon admission. 


There is no cost for participation in PAYS. Pomona College covers all costs including housing, food, activities, and transportation to field trips. Students will only be required to bring basic school supplies, such as pencils and paper. 

Application Information

Please use the PAYS Application Checklist [pdf] to ensure you submit a complete application, which includes the following components: 

  1. Online Personal Information Form OR Paper Personal Information Form [pdf]  
  2. Two Completed Essays [pdf]
  3. Two Recommendation Forms [pdf]
  4. Official High School Transcript

Please submit all documents by email to:

If you prefer to mail, drop-off, or fax the documents, do so to:

Draper Center for Community Partnerships
Pomona College
Attn: PAYS
735 N. Dartmouth Ave. Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 607-1810 Fax: (909) 607-8006

If you have any questions or to have a full paper application mailed to you, please call or send an e-mail message:
Sergio Marín or Priscila Garcia at (909) 607-1810 or