August 8, 2018

Applications for POP! 

The Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) fall fly-in program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus. The program dates for 2018 are Sept. 22-25 and Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The application deadline was August 5 and is now closed.

During both POP! weekends prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, speak with faculty and explore the Pomona College community. Although space is limited due to the small size of our engaged community, we are dedicated to providing this opportunity to those whom the program will most benefit.

All POP! participants are provided with on-campus housing, meals and shuttle transportation between local airports and Pomona College. Travel grants are available to cover airfare expenses.

Contact us with questions at  (909) 607-3028 or diversity@pomona.edu. ¡Hablamos español!​

May 22, 2018

Pomona College Celebrates Its Partnership with the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success on Coalition Day

The Coalition is a diverse group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through a set of free online college planning tools that help students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college. Pomona is proud to be a Coalition member and offer prospective students the option to apply by using the Coalition Application.

On May 23, 2018 Pomona will join the effort to make college a reality for all interested students by celebrating the first-ever Coalition Day. To raise awareness of free college-planning tools, including MyCoalition, Pomona this month will be hosting a college panel at King Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles on Coalition Day and offering a live, online #aimforcollege chat for students on June 5 at 5 p.m. PDT.

May 10, 2018

Pomona College’s 2018-2019 Supplemental Essay Prompts Are Available

When the Common Application goes live August 1, 2018, applicants will be able to see the options for that application’s 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 a second, supplemental essay. Those Pomona-specific essay prompts are now available below, or view them on our website.

  1. For Pomona students, the College's location in Southern California is integral in shaping their experience. Tell us about a location, real or fictional, that has shaped you in a meaningful way.
  2. “Let only the eager, thoughtful and reverent enter here,” is inscribed on one side of Pomona’s College Gates. Dating from 1914, the gates remain a potent symbol today as we welcome every new class of students to enter them together. If you were to inscribe a fourth quality into the gates to describe students who enter Pomona today, which adjective would you choose? What quality would you want your Pomona peers to share, and why?
  3. Oscar Wilde said that there are two tragedies in life: not getting what one wants and getting it. Tell us about an experience of not getting what you wanted or getting it and why it was a tragedy.