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If you are not involved with an Academic Cohort, but need assistance or someone to speak with, we also offer a number of peer mentoring groups and academic help sessions at the Quantitative Skills Center, the Writing Center, the Foreign Language Resource Center and Academic Learning Fellows.

You can also reach out to your academic advisor or the Dean’s Office to speak with Associate Dean of Students for Academic Success & Assessment Hector Sambolin Jr. or Associate Dean of Students for Personal Success and Wellness Jan Collins-Eaglin.

Pomona College is committed to equity in the college experience for all of our students. To help foster a successful transition for first-generation and low-income students, the College has developed a number of cohort-based programs.

The Academic Cohorts, as we refer to them, are mostly characterized by weekly group meetings, regular individual advising sessions, peer mentors, and even enhanced course options. 

Each program is unique, and below is a brief description of each.

Pomona Scholars of Science (PSS)

PSS is primarily for students interested in pre-health disciplines, or those who are planning on taking biology and chemistry in their first semester. Students in the program also are encouraged and supported financially to pursue summer research after their first year in college.  

How to get involved: Students who are eligible will be contacted by the College. If you have not been contacted and are interested, please email Travis Brown

Pomona Scholars of Math (PSM)

PSM is for those who are thinking of pursuing a degree in mathematics, physics, computer science or economics. Even if you aren’t sure what field you might major in, if you have a love of all things numerical, PSM is for you. 

How to get involved: Students who are eligible will be contacted by the College. If you have not been contacted and are interested, please email Travis Brown

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)

This Claremont Colleges cohort program’s goal is to identify and support underrepresented students who are interested in earning a doctorate in the core fields of arts and scientists and becoming future faculty. 

How to get involved: Interested Pomona students should apply via The Claremont Colleges MMUF website during their sophomore year. 

Posse Chicago

Since 2004, Pomona has welcomed cohorts of students from Chicago each fall semester through the Posse Scholars program. Posse Chicago students are not dedicated, at first, to any particular field, and their interests range from history and dance to physics and astronomy.  

How to get involved: Posse students are nominated by their high school or a community organization while in high school. Visit PosseFoundation.org for more information. 

Posse Miami STEM

Because of our success with Posse students for more than a decade, the Posse Foundation has given us the opportunity to create a second cohort, this time focusing on students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our first STEM cohort began Fall 2015.

How to get involved: Posse students are nominated by their high school or a community organization while in high school. Visit PosseFoundation.org for more information.