Profile: Who Goes to Pomona?

Pomona College Students Walking

While there is no such thing as a “typical” Pomona College student, all Pomona students have a few important things in common. Most importantly, they have academic drive and a goal of making a positive impact on the world. In most other ways though, they are as varied as they are talented. They come to Pomona from 42 states and from some 33 countries 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 backgrounds and types of schools, but, together, they form a community that thrives through collaboration, excels through strong mentorship and continues a journey of personal and intellectual growth.

The Class of 2026 Profile

  • Total Applications: 10,663
  • Admit Rate: 7.0%
  • Class Size: 413 (239 Females, 174 Males)
    • Prior Gap-Year Matriculants: 3
    • QuestBridge Match Scholars: 20
    • Posse Scholars: 19
    • Early Decision Matriculants: 236
    • Regular Decision Matriculants: 154

Schools Represented

  • Independent: 33.2%
  • Charter: 5.1%
  • Parochial: 6.3%
  • Public: 50.1%

Background

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
  • Asian: 17.4%
  • Black/African American: 13.6%
  • Hispanic of any race: 17.9%
  • International: 13.3%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
  • Race/Ethnicity unknown: 3.1%
  • Two or more races: 9.0%
  • White: 24.7%

Reporting of race and ethnicity is based on federal standards.

Standardized Testing median scores (of students who submitted a test)

(test-optional admissions policy in effect)

  • SAT EBRW: 750
  • SAT Math: 770
  • ACT Composite: 33

Rank in Class

(of schools that rank)

  • Top decile: 91% (Valedictorians 31%)
  • Top quarter: 98%

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.

Fall 2022 Entering Class

  • Pell-Eligible: 21%
  • First-Generation or Low-Income: 32%

Cost of Attendance 2022–2023

  • Tuition: $58,818
  • Student Fees: $420
  • Room and Board: $19,358
  • Total Billed Charges: $78,596
  • Books: $1,100
  • Personal Expenses: $1,500

Books, travel and personal expenses are estimated in the total financial aid budget 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.