There is no such thing as a “typical” Pomona College student. All Pomona students have a few important things in common—most importantly, academic ability and an interest in doing something meaningful with their lives—but in most other ways, they are as varied as they are talented. They come to Pomona from almost every state and from around the world—from large cities, suburban areas and rural corners that don’t appear on any map. They come from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and from almost every imaginable kind of school, and they bring with them a wide range of interests and aptitudes.

The Class of 2023 Profile

Pomona College Students Walking

 

  • Total Applications: 10,245
  • Admit Rate: 7.6%
  • Class Size: 413 (225 Females, 188 Males)
    • Prior Gap-Year Matriculants: 11
    • QuestBridge Match Scholars: 17
    • Posse Scholars: 18
    • Early Decision Matriculants: 161
    • Regular Decision Matriculants: 206

Schools Represented

  • Independent: 24.5%
  • International: 14%
  • Parochial: 8.7%
  • Public: 52.8%

Academic Interest (Upon Application)

  • Humanities & Arts: 22%
  • Interdisciplinary: 19.9%
  • Natural Sciences: 25.9%
  • Social Sciences: 20.3%
  • Undecided: 11.9%

Background

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Black or African American: 10.4%
  • Hispanic of any race: 16.2%
  • International: 11.6%
  • Race/Ethnicity unknown: 4.6%
  • Two or more races: 7.3%
  • White: 34.6%
  • Students whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college: 17.9%

Reporting of race and ethnicity is based on federal standards.

Standardized Testing

SAT EBRW

  • median: 730
  • middle 50%: 690-750

SAT Math

  • median: 740
  • middle 50%: 700-780

ACT Composite

  • median: 33
  • middle 50%: 31-34

Rank in Class (of schools that rank)

  • Top decile: 91.5% (Valedictorians 29.3%)
  • Top quarter: 100%

Geographic Distribution of the Pomona Student Body

(all enrolled students by hometown at time of admission)

One of the greatest resources of Pomona College is the richness of diversity in the student body of 1,688. Hailing from 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and 59 foreign countries, students are exposed to new ideas and perspectives by their peers as often as by their faculty.

 

United States

  • Alabama: 3
  • Alaska: 4
  • Arizona: 30
  • Arkansas: 9
  • California: 464
  • Colorado: 28
  • Connecticut: 25
  • Delaware: 2
  • District of Columbia: 11
  • Florida: 66
  • Georgia: 20
  • Hawaii: 15
  • Idaho: 7
  • Illinois: 91
  • Indiana: 7
  • Iowa: 6
  • Kansas: 9
  • Kentucky: 3
  • Louisiana: 7
  • Maine: 16
  • Maryland: 20
  • Massachusetts: 33
  • Michigan: 12
  • Minnesota: 21
  • Mississippi: 4
  • Missouri: 16
  • Montana: 3
  • Nebraska: 4
  • Nevada: 15
  • New Hampshire: 10
  • New Jersey: 30
  • New Mexico: 11
  • New York: 104
  • North Carolina: 13
  • North Dakota: 2
  • Ohio: 16
  • Oklahoma: 9
  • Oregon: 46
  • Pennsylvania: 28
  • Rhode Island: 6
  • South Carolina: 5
  • South Dakota: 2
  • Tennessee: 10
  • Texas: 68
  • Utah: 10
  • Vermont: 5
  • Virginia: 23
  • Washington: 85
  • West Virginia: 2
  • Wisconsin: 8
  • Wyoming: 4

  • Guam: 1
  • Puerto Rico: 3

Across the World

 

  • Argentina: 1
  • Australia: 3
  • Austria: 1
  • Bahamas: 1
  • Belgium: 1
  • Bermuda: 1
  • Bhutan: 1
  • Bolivia: 1
  • Botswana: 1
  • Brazil: 5
  • Bulgaria: 1
  • Canada: 14
  • Chile: 2
  • China: 42
  • Ecuador: 2
  • Estonia: 1
  • Ethiopia: 4
  • France: 1
  • Germany: 3
  • Ghana: 7
  • Greece: 7
  • Hong Kong: 11
  • Hungary: 1
  • India: 19
  • Indonesia: 1
  • Ireland: 1
  • Israel: 1
  • Italy: 2
  • Jamaica: 1
  • Japan: 7
  • Jordan: 2
  • Kenya: 6
  • Lebanon: 1
  • Lithuania: 1
  • Luxembourg: 1
  • Mongolia: 1
  • Mozambique: 1
  • Nepal: 1
  • New Zealand: 1
  • Pakistan: 2
  • Panama: 1
  • Peru: 1
  • Philippines: 3
  • Republic of Korea: 5
  • Russia: 2
  • Rwanda: 4
  • Saudi Arabia: 1
  • Serbia: 1
  • Singapore: 9
  • Spain: 1
  • Swaziland: 1
  • Sweden: 1
  • Taiwan: 4
  • Thailand: 7
  • Turkey: 8
  • Ukraine: 2
  • United Kingdom: 19
  • Vietnam: 3
  • Zimbabwe: 2

Study Abroad

Approximately 50 percent of Pomona students study abroad. In 2019-2020, Pomona sponsors over 60 programs in 36 countries.

  • Argentina - Buenos Aires (4)
  • Australia - Melbourne
  • Australia - Townsville
  • Belize - Caracol
  • Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
  • Cameroon - Yaoundé
  • Chile - Santiago
  • China - Beijing
  • China - Hangzhou
  • China - Hong Kong
  • Costa Rica - Monteverde
  • Cuba - Havana
  • Denmark - Copenhagen
  • Ecuador - Quito (2)
  • England - Cambridge
  • England - London (2)
  • England - Oxford (2)
  • France - Montpellier
  • France - Nantes
  • France - Paris
  • Germany - Berlin
  • Germany - Freiburg (2)
  • Greece - Athens
  • Hungary - Budapest (3)
  • India - Jaipur
  • Ireland - Cork
  • Ireland - Dublin
  • Israel - Jerusalem
  • Italy - Florence
  • Italy - Rome (2)
  • Japan - Kyoto
  • Japan - Tokyo
  • Jordan - Amman (3)
  • Kenya - Kisumu
  • Mexico - Mérida
  • Morocco - Rabat
  • Nepal - Kathmandu
  • New Zealand - Auckland
  • New Zealand - Christchurch
  • Russia - choice of Moscow, St. Petersburg or Vladimir
  • Rwanda - Kigali
  • Scotland - Edinburgh
  • Senegal - Dakar
  • South Africa - Cape Town (2)
  • Spain - Córdoba
  • Spain - Getafe
  • Spain - Logroño
  • Spain - Madrid (2)
  • Spain - Salamanca
  • Sri Lanka - Kandy
  • Taiwan - Taipei
  • Tanzania - Moyo Hill Camp

Financial Aid

Pomona is committed to a need-blind admissions process for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and all students graduating from U.S. high schools. The College offers need-based scholarships and grants, meeting 100% of demonstrated need. Applicants must submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile in order for the College to determine financial need. Loans are not included in offers of financial aid but are made available to help families finance their expected family contribution.

Aid packages include various sources of funding: Pomona aid, federal and state grant/scholarship assistance, plus student work-study. The amount and type of aid in each package depends on each student’s demonstrated need and eligibility for funds. Outside scholarships reduce the student contribution and student work-study components before reducing the amount of aid provided by Pomona.

Financial Aid Awards in 2018-2019

  • Students Receiving Scholarships: 55%
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $57,311
  • Total Grants Funded (From All Sources): $51.5 million

Fall 2019 Entering Class

  • First-Generation or Low-Income: 26%
  • Pell-Eligible: 19%

Financial Aid Recipients by Income

  • 0 - $30,000: 14%
  • $30,000 - $60,000: 25%
  • $60,000 - $90,000: 14%
  • $90,000 - $120,000: 17%
  • $120,000 - $150,000: 7%
  • $150,000 - $180,000: 8%
  • $180,000+: 15%

Cost of Attendance 2019–2020

  • Tuition: $54,380
  • Student Fees: $382
  • Room and Board: $17,218
  • Total Billed Charges: $71,980
  • Books: $1,000
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500

Books, travel and personal expenses are estimated in the total financial aid budget ($74,480) but are not billed by the College. Students may also be required to enroll in the student health insurance plan.

We encourage families to visit our online cost calculators: MyinTuition or the Net Price Calculator. Both provide an estimate of eligibility for financial aid but are not official offers of financial aid from Pomona College.

Pomona Resources

  • Endowment Market Value (May 31, 2019): $2,324,594,393
  • Total Assets (unaudited as of June 30, 2019): $3,146,521,559
  • Budget for 2019–2020: $229,228,874