Pomona College has been named one of the nation's top 10 best value private colleges by The Princeton Review, marking its third consecutive year on the list. In the Princeton Review's The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition. Pomona is at #10. The list was reported in cooperation with USA Today.
Both the public and private top 10 colleges and universities are ranked, with the remaining 65 in each group in alphabetical order. The top 10 best value private colleges, in order, according to the Princeton Review are: Williams College, Harvard College, Swarthmore College, Yale University, Princeton University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Vassar College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amherst College and Pomona College.
All of the undergraduate members of the Claremont Colleges – Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps – are profiled in the new volume, which notes that the Consortium "allows Pomona to offer the richly personal experience of a small, academically superb liberal arts college, and the breadth of resources normally associated with a major university."
The company selected colleges based on its surveys of 2,000 colleges and universities in 2012-13, analyzing school-reported information across more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid as well as data from The Princeton Review's surveys of students at the schools over the past three academic years.
Both the Princeton Review and the USA Today story, "Best Value Colleges Generous with Financial Aid," note Pomona's "reputation of providing great financial aid packages," citing Pomona's need-blind admissions and policy of meeting the full, demonstrated financial aid need of every accepted student with financial aid packages of scholarships and work-study. Also noted were Pomona's policies of subsidizing internship and ensuring the cost of study abroad is not a barrier for students on financial aid.
For the 2012-13 academic year, the College awarded more than $30 million in need-based financial aid. Approximately 55 percent of Pomona students receive financial aid.
- "Best Value Colleges Generous with Financial Aid," USA Today, Jan. 28