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Transfer Applicants

Transfer Admissions Calendar

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

Financial Aid Forms Due: March 1, 2016

Notification Date: April 1, 2016

Please note that notification and reply dates for transfer students vary from college to college, and you may be required to reply to another college before our notification date. Please keep this in mind when applying, and plan accordingly. 

Reply Date: May 1, 2016

Deadline is the date by which materials must be received in our office. For students studying outside of the United States and Canada, and who will be MAILING application materials, we recommend allowing two extra weeks for items to arrive. We will not be accepting applications for mid-year transfers in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Transfer Applicant Eligibility

Students are considered for transfer standing if they will have completed the equivalent of at least one year’s full-time college work at the time of enrollment at Pomona College. Students who will have completed less than one academic year at another college are urged to consult the coordinator for transfer admission about standing.

Candidates who previously have applied to or been enrolled at Pomona College should make that fact known when contacting the Admissions Office about transferring.

Individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply to Pomona.

All transfer students must spend a minimum of four semesters in full-time regular standing at Pomona in order to receive the B.A. degree. A student may not transfer more than 16 course credits toward the 32 minimum requirement.

In evaluating transfer applications, the Admissions Committee places considerable weight on the nature and quality of the previous college record and its compatibility with Pomona’s general education program. Where the college transcript does not clearly indicate the quality of work (e.g., a large number of pass/no credit courses), it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide supplementary information on which the Committee can base its decision. Candidates should understand that admission to transfer standing is extremely competitive.

Credit granted for work taken in other institutions will be determined by the Academic Procedures Committee after the candidate has been admitted. Course credit is ordinarily transferable if: (1) the prior college is accredited, (2) the course carries a grade of "C" or better, and (3) the course is comparable to a course offered by Pomona College. Pomona faculty members may be consulted on the question of course comparability and the candidate may be asked to submit catalogue course descriptions, syllabi, and reading lists in addition to complete transcripts. This process may be time-consuming and normally only a tentative estimate of course transferability will be available to the candidate at the time of initial enrollment at Pomona College. Conversion of credit from a unit system can be made by equating four semester hours or six quarter hours to one Pomona course.

Transfer Application Checklist


Please note that all required forms are available on the Common Application website.

  • Common Application for transfer students, which include an additional essay specifically for Pomona.
  • Secondary School Final Report: This form should be completed by your high school advisor or counselor, and is available as a pdf on the Common Application website. The Admissions Committee may waive the requirement of a Secondary School Final Report for candidates who, at the time of enrollment, will have completed at least two full years of college work or who have been out of high school for more than two years.
  • College Report: A registrar is an official in an academic institution who handles student records. This form should be completed by your college/university registrar or appropriate dean/college official who can verify your enrollment and academic standing. If you have attended more than one college, this form must be completed by an administrator from the college you most recently attended. This form is available as a pdf on the Common Application website. If you are not currently enrolled at a college, a letter from your employer may be filed in addition to the College Report.
  • Two Instructor Evaluations: These forms are to be completed by college instructors who have taught you in academic courses (natural sciences, social sciences or humanities). These forms should be submitted via the Common Application system. Students may submit one additional optional recommendation of any type.
  • Official Transcripts: Should include a final transcript from your high school or secondary school (including graduation date) or official documentation of a GED. Official college transcripts should come from each college or university attended at any time. If you are currently enrolled, you should plan to provide not only a transcript from your current school, but mid-term grades for the spring semester or quarter, which may be collected on the Mid-Term Report form.
  • Mid-Term Report: Use this form to collect mid-term grades and comments (progress reports) from faculty members teaching the applicant's spring/winter term courses. The form should be sent to the admissions office no later than April 30. Admissions decision will not be made without mid-term grades. The form is available as a pdf on the Common Application website.
  • Entrance Examination Results: All candidates are required to submit results of either
    • The SAT Reasoning Test -or-
    • The ACT

      It is the student’s responsibility to request that all examination scores be sent to Pomona directly from the College Board or ACT. Note that scores for these tests are usually sent four to six weeks after the test administration. Candidates should be mindful of Pomona’s application deadline when registering for the examinations.

      International students and permanent residents whose native language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with their application materials.

Strongly Recommended


  • In addition to your application, you can submit supplementary information related to the arts, athletics, and the sciences. All supplementary materials should be submitted using the Instructions can be found on the Special Interest Supplements page.