Admissions officers at Pomona treat each application with great care, evaluating academic qualities, interests, dedication to activities, talents and individual context. Pomona offers first-year applicants the option of Early Decision or Regular Decision. If Pomona is your absolute first-choice college, and you are not interested in comparing admissions and financial aid offers from different colleges in the spring, Early Decision may be a good option. Be advised that you may only apply to one college or university through an early decision program. By applying through Early Decision, you unconditionally agree to attend Pomona College if you're accepted, and agree to withdraw all other applications.

Application Plan Application Deadline Notification Date Reply Date
Early Decision 1 Nov. 1 By Dec. 15 Jan. 1
Early Decision 2 Jan. 1 By Feb. 15 March 1
Regular Decision Jan. 1 By April 1 May 1

Application Requirements

Pomona accepts the Coalition Application, the Common Application and the QuestBridge application. We give no preference in the admissions process based on which of these applications you submit. All applicants for first-year admission must submit one of the following:

Additional Requirements for All First-Year Applicants

  • Official high school transcript(s): For most students, this means asking your high school counselor to submit your official transcript(s) with grades through your junior year. 
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation: Submitted by your high school counselor. We require all disciplinary questions to be fully answered on the Common Application School Report. Leaving the questions blank or answering "School policy prevents me from responding" is not acceptable. We will be unable to release an admissions decision without a completed disciplinary history from a school administrator. 
  • Mid-Year Report by Feb. 15.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers of core academic areas (English, foreign languages, math, science and social sciences), and whose classes you took during your junior or senior year.
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70: If the fee represents a financial hardship, a fee waiver can be requested on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. The QuestBridge application is free.
  • If you are applying from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must also submit official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If providing these results presents a hardship, please contact us  for alternatives.
  • Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT: Please send all your scores directly to Pomona from the testing agency. We will consider your highest section scores on either the “old” or the “new” SAT by superscoring; we will not superscore across the “old” and “new” SAT tests; we will superscore ACT section scores. The writing section on the SAT and ACT is optional but recommended. SAT Subject Test scores are optional. In addition to the SAT or ACT test results, homeschooled students must submit scores from four SAT Subject Tests or a combination of four SAT Subject Tests and AP or IB Higher Level examination results in a variety of fields.

The Last Possible Testing Dates

Application Plan SAT ACT TOEFL
Early Decision 1 November October November
Early Decision 2 December December November
Regular Decision January February January


  • Interviews: If you're thinking about applying, we recommend you interview with an admissions officer, senior interviewer or an alumni representative. To schedule an on-campus interview, please register online at least three weeks in advance. If you live outside the area and can't visit campus for an interview, you can request an alumni interview.
  • Arts and Science Supplements: If you have a special talent or wish to submit additional information about yourself in the area of dance, music, theater, visual art or in scientific or mathematical research, we encourage you to submit a supplement through SlideRoom. More detailed information can be found on the Supplements page.

A Note About AP and IB Credits

Students admitted to Pomona may receive credit for AP and IB exam scores. Credit received this way can be applied to two of the 32 course credits required for graduation. Additionally, advanced standing may be conferred by individual departments based on AP, IB or SAT Subject Test scores. More detailed information can be found on the Advanced Standing page.