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 (ED) or Regular Decision. If Pomona is your absolute first-choice college, Early Decision may be a good option. While ED applicants are free to simultaneously apply to other colleges through non-binding, unrestricted admission plans (including Early Action), if admitted to Pomona 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. Your counselor should submit this form along with an updated transcript containing your most recent senior-year grades (typically, first-semester grades).
  • 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: We understand that the application fee may present a financial hardship for some applicants. Please consult the “Fee Waiver” section of the Common Application “Profile,” where the College Board fee waiver criteria are listed.  If you indicate that you satisfy one of those criteria, you will become automatically eligible for an online fee waiver for each school to which you apply. The Common Application will send an email notification to your secondary school counselor, who will be required to submit a form confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria for a fee waiver. Please note that the school id for the counselor's form is 4607. Alternately, the Coalition Fee Waiver is made available to qualifying students who apply to Pomona College using the Coalition Application. Additionally, Pomona accepts the NACAC fee waiver form or a letter from your counselor, written on school letterhead, that directly requests a fee waiver for you. Please have your counselor email the NACAC form or the counselor letter directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • 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: Applicants are welcome to use the score choice option for standardized test score submission. Please send 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, home-schooled students are encouraged, although not required, to submit results of at least two SAT Subject or Advanced Placement exams. These exams may allow home-schooled students to demonstrate their various academic abilities in ways that can provide additional context on a home-school application.  Home-schooled applicants who have questions may contact Slade Burns or call the office directly at (909) 621-8134.

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

Recommended

  • 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.