December 13, 2018

A Message for Those Visiting Pomona Admissions Dec. 20

On Thursday, December 20, a large group of schoolchildren will be visiting campus to attend a performance in Bridges Auditorium. To accommodate the number of buses on campus, we will be closing one lane of College Way between Bonita Avenue and Fourth Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors to Sumner Hall (at 333 N. College Way) should enter the Pomona College campus on First Street, east of College Avenue. On your right will be the South Campus Parking Structure (295 E. First Street), where you may park and walk to Sumner Hall (walk north toward campus and turn left on Bonita; Sumner Hall will be on your right at College Way). It is a short walk of approximately 5-10 minutes. Alternately, you may tell the security staff that you are visiting Admissions in Sumner Hall, and they should let you proceed to the small parking lot outside of Sumner Hall.

December 5, 2018

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, the earthquake in Alaska and wildfires in California are negatively affecting students and their families, 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 Jan. 1 Early Decision II or Regular 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 Jan. 1 application, 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 at (909) 621-8134 (Office of Admissions), or contact the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 621-8205 or

October 5, 2018

Pomona College Office of Admissions Offers Junior Jumpstart Program

High school juniors and their families are welcome to jumpstart their college search process by visiting Pomona College for a special day tailored just for you. Come for a campus tour, admissions information session, panels just for students/just for parents, and opportunities to connect with members of the Pomona community. Do you have questions about residence halls? application requirements? research opportunities? We have answers!

Junior Jumpstart will be held Monday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to come for all or part of the program. While the day is geared toward high school juniors, all prospective students and their guests are invited to attend. Please register for Junior Jumpstart Fall Open House. Questions? Please contact the admissions team at or (909) 621-8134.

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.

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.

  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.