Interviews - On and Off Campus
The Pomona campus is full of rich, beautiful architectural details like this fountain in Bixby Plaza.
The Admissions Committee strongly recommends that all candidates interview with a member of the admissions staff or with an alumni representative of the College because we believe an interview is often an important part of your college selection process. We expect all students who apply from Southern California to interview on campus. Southern California students unable to interview on campus should contact the Office of Admissions.
An interview is a mutual exchange that allows the Admissions Committee to learn more about the candidate while the student learns more about the College. Interviews help make our candidates more three-dimensional and provide students an opportunity to discuss the choices they have made and their goals for college and beyond.
Interviews on campus are conducted by members of the admissions staff and by senior interviewers who have been selected and trained to assist our efforts. While an interview may be scheduled as early as the spring of the junior year, we generally recommend that freshman candidates wait until the summer before or the fall of their senior year in order to make the conversation more informative and current.
Interview Completion Dates
- November 15 for Early Decision I candidates.
- December 20 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision candidates.
- Transfer applicants may interview at any time during the year up until February 15.
- Students who are currently juniors in high school may begin to interview February 4, 2013.
To schedule an on-campus interview, please call our office at 909.621.8134 at least three weeks in advance—even earlier when scheduling an interview for December or January. On-campus interviews may only be scheduled over the phone.
First-year candidates who live outside Southern California and are unable to visit the campus for an interview may meet with a member of the Pomona College Alumni Admissions Volunteer Program in their area. The Admissions Committee makes no distinction between alumni interviews and those that take place on campus.
We are also pleased to now offer a limited number of alumni interviews for students living in the San Diego and Santa Barbara areas.
Requests for alumni interviews should be made by:
- October 15 for Early Decision I candidates.
- December 1 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision candidates.
The deadline for requesting an alumni interview for Class of 2017 applicants has passed. Students applying for the Class of 2018 may submit an interview request beginning in September 2013.
If you have already had an on-campus interview, or have one scheduled, you may not request an alumni interview.