Through close mentoring and a targeted curriculum, the residential summer program helps students develop critical analytical, writing, and problem-solving skills.  At the end of each summer session, students complete an evaluative survey on their perceptions of program benefits and changes in attitudes toward attending a four-year college.

PAYS students group photo

PAYS Class of 2015, with TAs, who are PAYS alumni and current Pomona College students. All students have been admitted to selective four year colleges and universities. 

Survey results suggest that more than 90 percent of program participants see improvements in solving word problems, writing skills and critical thinking skills.  PAYS participants report increased classroom participation, which suggests increased confidence in formulating and expressing ideas, an important skill for college admissions and success.  Prior to their PAYS experience, many PAYS scholars describe a lack of awareness of the Claremont Colleges specifically and of private liberal arts education generally.  As a result of their PAYS experience, over 70 percent of participants have reported an interest in attending a private liberal arts college.  PAYS students also report feeling far better informed about college access, college choices, and sources of financial aid available to them.

All PAYS participants have been accepted to four year competitive institutions.  All students have been admitted to selective four year colleges and universities, and based on their career interests and other factors choose what path to take. True to its mission, PAYS is committed to supporting the entire class in achieving a baccalaureate degree.

Colleges and Universities where PAYS Scholars have enrolled: 

  1. Amherst College
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Azusa Pacific University
  4. Bates College
  5. Boston College
  6. Brown University
  7. Bucknell University
  8. Cal Poly Pomona
  9. Cal Baptist University
  10. Colgate University
  11. Citrus College
  12. Claremont McKenna College
  13. Clark Atlanta University
  14. Columbia University
  15. Connecticut College
  16. CSU Channel Islands
  17. CSU Dominguez Hills 
  18. CSU Fullerton 
  19. CSU Long Beach 
  20. CSU Los Angeles
  21. CSU Monterey Bay 
  22. CSU San Bernardino
  23. CSU Sonoma
  24. Dartmouth College 
  25. Florida International University
  26. Franklin and Marshall College
  27. Franklin Pierce College
  28. Georgetown University
  29. Grinnell College
  30. Hamilton College
  31. Harvard College 
  32. Harvey Mudd College 
  33. Haverford College 
  34. Holy Names College 
  35. Howard University 
  36. Johnson and Wales University
  37. Kalamazoo College 
  38. Lewis & Clark College
  39. Loyola Marymount U 
  40. McDaniel College
  41. Mass. Institute of Technology 
  42. Morehouse College 
  43. Mount St. Mary’s 
  44. New York University 
  45. Occidental College 
  46. Pitzer College 
  47. Pomona College 
  48. Princeton University 
  49. Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  50. San Francisco State
  51. Santa Clara University
  52. Scripps College
  53. Skidmore College
  54. Smith College 
  55. Spelman College
  56. Stanford University 
  57. Stillman College
  58. St. Mary’s College
  59. Swarthmore College
  60. U of Redlands
  61. UC Berkeley 
  62. UC Davis 
  63. UC Irvine 
  64. UC LA 
  65. UC Merced  
  66. UC Santa Cruz 
  67. UC Santa Barbara 
  68. UC San Diego 
  69. UC Riverside  
  70. University of La Verne
  71. University of Miami
  72. University of San Francisco
  73. USC 
  74. Vassar College
  75. Wellesley College
  76. Whitman College
  77. Whittier College
  78. Williams College
  79. Yale College