September 20, 2019

A Message for Those Affected by Natural Disasters

In recent years, hurricanes, fires and earthquakes have had a destructive impact on many of our applicants and current students. Currently, rainfall from Tropical Depression Imelda is negatively affecting students and their families in the Houston area, often leaving them struggling to cope. The Pomona community has reacted with sadness and concern. The Office of Admissions extends its sympathies to those affected and will continue to offer support in the application process to those who might suffer through a natural disaster.

To support you in the application process, the Office of Admissions offers the following assistance:

  • If you need an extension for the Nov. 1 Early Decision deadline, please email with the request.
  • If paying the application fee presents a financial hardship for you or your family, please request a fee waiver, consistent with our policies. Please request the “Pomona-specific fee waiver” on the Common Application, and we will automatically grant the waiver to domestic or international students.
  • We will grant extensions to teachers and counselors for submission of the school profile, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and other materials. If an extension is needed beyond the application deadline, please email with your request.
  • The Office of Financial Aid will work with families who may suffer from financial hardship as a result of natural disasters. If you have been impacted, please submit a letter of special circumstances to the Office of Financial Aid to alert us and we will work with you to take your circumstances into consideration. The College Board will automatically provide a CSS Profile fee waiver based on FEMA’s disaster area designations. More information may be accessed on the College Board’s Natural Disaster website.
  • If you have any other questions about the admissions or financial aid application processes, or if we can assist you in any other way, please contact us at or call the Office of Admissions at (909) 621-8134, or contact the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 621-8205 or

July 1, 2019

Pomona College’s 2019-2020 Supplemental Essay Prompts Are Available 

When the Common Application goes live August 1, 2019, applicants will be able to see the prompts for the personal essay requirement. The Common Application personal essay is sent to every college to which the applicant applies. To create an account, visit The Common Application website. As a reminder, applicants to Pomona may use the Common Application, the Coalition Application or the Questbridge Application. For those applying to Pomona using the Common Application, we require two short supplemental essays. Those Pomona-specific essay prompts are now available on our Application Overview webpage. Applicants will choose to answer two of the three questions with responses of 200 to 250 words.

  1. Imagine having a 1 a.m. debate/discussion with your peers in college about an issue you care about. What is that issue, and what is the discussion?
  2. Share your favorite quote, and tell us what it means to you. The quote can be from an author, leader, musical artist, family member or other source—famous or not. (The quote will not be part of the word limit.)
  3. We want to understand you better! Tell us about a skill you have (useless or useful) and what it says about you.

September 17, 2018

Pomona College Admissions Office Expands College Access Partnerships

In its ongoing efforts to expand outreach to underrepresented populations, Pomona College’s Office of Admissions will increase its partnerships with leading college access organizations around the country. New partnerships for 2018-19 include The Ron Brown Scholars Guided Pathways Program, College Greenlight and Arkansas Commitment. Building on long-standing relationships with College Horizons, KIPP Foundation, the Posse Foundation and QuestBridge, these new partnerships continue Pomona College’s tradition of working with national, stateSer and local organizations in order to expand higher education opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds.

“We are excited to begin working with these new partners to further the goal of reaching more talented students around the country and the world,” said Director of Admission Adam Sapp. “We are pleased to be partnering with some of the most capable and high-impact organizations working in this space today.”

Additional agreements with the Marine Corps’ Leadership Scholars Program, Service to School (S2S) and the Honors Transfer Council of California (HTCCA) support Pomona College’s initiatives to enroll talented military veterans and community college transfer students. Work with current international partners such as the Sutton Trust, the Grew Bancroft Foundation, the Yanai Tadashi Foundation, Bridge2Rwanda and the Nairobi-based Equity Group Foundation likewise allow Pomona to expand pipelines for talented international students from diverse backgrounds.

Established in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. There are approximately 1,670 students who come from 63 nations and all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Pomona College admits domestic applicants (U.S. citizens, permanent residents and those who graduate from a U.S. high school) regardless of their ability to pay and then meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Fifty-eight percent of students receive need-based financial aid and twenty percent of students at Pomona are Pell Grant recipients.