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.

June 7, 2019

Pomona College Office of Admissions Hosts “Acing the Summer College Visit” Webinar

On Tuesday, June 11th, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. PDT, the Office of Admissions will host a webinar for students, counselors, and parents interested in learning more about our summer information session and tour schedule, as well as tips & tricks on how best to utilize your time on campus, in Claremont, and in the greater Los Angeles area. The session will be a live, online forum with Tina Brooks (Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions), Katrina Bruno (Assistant Dean of Admissions), Paola Reyes Noriega (Admissions Counselor) and a current Pomona student. To register, login at Acing the Summer College Visit.

May 30, 2019

Pomona College Office of Admissions Hosts Perspectives on Pomona Informational Webinar

On Thursday, June 6th, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. PDT, the Office of Admissions will host a webinar for students, counselors, and parents interested in learning more about our Perspectives on Pomona (POP) fall fly-in program. The session will be a live, online forum with Carolyn Starks (Assistant Dean of Admissions), Katrina Bruno (Assistant Dean of Admissions), and a current Pomona student/past POP participant. Questions about the application process, deadlines, and what to expect at POP are all welcome. To register, login at Perspectives on Pomona (POP) Fall Fly-In Info Session.

May 15, 2019

Perspectives on Pomona (POP) Fall Fly-In Application Opens

Pomona College is excited to announce that the application for our annual diversity fly-in program, Perspectives on Pomona (POP), is now live. POP provides rising high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including rural and first-generation students) the opportunity to experience being on campus, meeting students and faculty, and exploring academic and social opportunities at Pomona. Interested students can apply for one of two POP weekend programs this fall: September 21-24 or October 2-5, 2019.

Participants receive on-campus housing (paired with a current student), meals in the dining halls and shuttle transportation between local airports and Pomona College. Travel grants are available to cover airfare expenses. POP applicants are also awarded fee waivers should they choose to apply to Pomona College. Applications and all application materials are due by August 4, 2019.

For more information on the Fall POP program, please feel welcome to register for our live, online webinar, POP Fall Fly-In Info Session on Thursday, June 6, 2019 (4-4:30 p.m. PDT). You may also visit our POP webpage or reach out to a member of the Access Team at access@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3028.

April 24, 2019

Class of 2023 Reply Date to Accept Admissions

Students admitted to Pomona College’s Class of 2023 have until May 1, 2019 at midnight PDT to accept their offers of admission. To accept (or decline) an offer of admission, students should use their Destination Pomona portal. After enrolling, new Sagehens will receive an email that will grant them access to their Pomona student portal, where they can take care of other registration tasks, like choosing an Orientation Adventure and filling out their housing forms. If admitted students have any questions prior to enrolling, they should email in@pomona.edu.

February 7, 2019

Transfer Applications Are Due February 15

Pomona College values the diversity and breadth of experience that transfer students bring to our academic and social communities and invites applications for Fall 2019 enrollment. If you will have completed at least one year's full-time college work by August 2019, you may apply as a transfer applicant. (Please consult our office if you've completed less than one academic year at another college.) We do not accept applications from students who have already received a bachelor's degree, and transfer students must spend at least four full-time semesters at Pomona to receive a B.A. degree. Students who have completed college coursework as part of an early college program should apply as first-year applicants. The deadline to submit a transfer application is February 15.

Transfer applicants may use the Common Application or Coalition Application for transfer. Please note that supporting documents such as transcripts, recommendations and forms are due by March 1. There is also a requirement of a midyear report for classes currently in progress, and this is due by March 6. Detailed instructions on requirements and how to submit them can be found on our transfer applicant webpage while information about financial aid can also be found online. Questions can be addressed to the transfer coordinator, Tina Brooks.

January 31, 2019

President’s Preview Open House Program 2019

Pomona College’s Office of Admission will host a special, on-campus President's Preview Program, February 18 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to provide both students and parents the chance to explore Pomona College: a place for adventurous, creative-minded students with the drive to explore and pursue their academic passions within a residential, collaborative liberal arts community.

This half-day open house is geared toward high school juniors who are interested in learning more about what Pomona has to offer and how our admissions process works, but the day’s programming is open to all prospective students. Following a Welcome from G. Gabrielle Starr, Pomona College President and Seth Allen, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, visitors will be able to tour campus with current students and learn about Pomona’s admissions process from our staff. For parents, there are also sessions about student services and financial aid. President’s Preview will conclude at 12:30 p.m. with a mixer with the Pomona community.

Register online for the program. Please contact us with questions at admissions.pomona.edu or (909) 621-8134.

January 24, 2019

Pomona College Office of Admissions Hosts Transfer Webinar

On Wednesday, January 30th, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. PST, the Office of Admissions will host a webinar for students applying to transfer to Pomona College. “Applying to Pomona: Transfer Student Edition” will be a live, online forum with Tina Brooks (Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions), Ryan Bouziane (Assistant Dean of Admissions), and two current Pomona students who were admitted via the Transfer process. Questions about the application process, deadlines, and the transfer student experience are all welcome. To register, login at Applying to Pomona: Transfer Student Edition.

January 14, 2019

A Message for Applicants Impacted by the LAUSD Teachers’ Strike

Pomona’s Office of Admissions offers support to applicants impacted by the strike initiated today by teachers and staff throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Applicants to Pomona who experience difficulties or delays in submitting their transcripts or teacher recommendations due to the work stoppage should contact the Office of Admissions by phone (909-621-8134) or email (admissions@pomona.edu) after first checking their applicant status page for missing items. Students who need more time to ensure the submission of school-based documents to complete their applications to Pomona will be granted an extension. Any additional requests for support will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

January 3, 2019

Impacts of Government Shutdown on Financial Aid Applicants

In light of the ongoing government shut down, there are generally minimal impacts to Federal Student Aid. The Department of Education is fully funded for 2019, so federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan funds continue to be available to students. Pomona College’s Office of Financial Aid will determine student aid eligibility and disburse funds as is customary. The FAFSA will continue to be available for students to apply for aid in both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. Students will also continue to be able to access the IRS Data Retrieval process within the FAFSA to import tax data from the IRS.

However, the IRS IS impacted by the shutdown, and nonessential personnel are furloughed. Students and parents who may need to request a tax transcript directly through the IRS are not able to access the online or mail services at present. It’s not clear whether this is a direct result of the shutdown, or, per NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators), “larger system maintenance issues.” Regardless, this does impact families who may be trying to complete the verification process.

If students or families have questions about tax transcripts, they are advised, if selected for verification, the best option is to use the IRS data retrieval process in the FAFSA. If unable to use the DRT (Data Retrieval Tool), then the transcripts will not be available at present. Please be assured, though, that students admitted to Pomona will be provided with a financial aid award without a tax transcript if they have been selected for verification.

If you have any questions about the financial aid process, or if we can assist you in any other way, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 621-8205 or financial.aid@pomona.edu.

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 admissions@pomona.edu 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 admissions@pomona.edu 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 admissions@pomona.edu or call at (909) 621-8134 (Office of Admissions), or contact the Office of Financial Aid at (909) 621-8205 or financial.aid@pomona.edu.

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.