photo of Ernesto Gutierrez Topete '17

While at Sacramento City College, Ernesto Gutiérrez Topete ’17 decided he wanted to teach at the college level, and that meant getting a Ph.D. His English professor suggested he apply to transfer to Pomona as a first step. “When I got my acceptance letter from Pomona it was very personalized and a lot of the correspondence was hand signed and that really impressed me,” he recalls. “No other school had done that.”

We value the diversity and breadth of experience that transfer students bring to our classrooms and social communities. Each year, we enroll a talented group of transfer students who have attended community colleges, public and international universities, private colleges, and those who have military experience. We welcome your applications!

Pomona College is proud to partner with the Honors Transfer Council of California to assist honors community college students in the transfer process to Pomona. We also offer special assistance to those applicants who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Applicants who will have completed at least one year's full-time college work by the time they expect to enroll at Pomona must apply as a transfer applicant. (Please consult our office if you've completed less than one academic year at another college.) Students who have completed college coursework as part of an early college program should apply as first-year applicants. We admit transfer students only for fall admission, and transfer students must spend at least four full-time semesters at Pomona to receive a B.A. degree. We do not accept applications from students who have already received a bachelor's degree.

If admitted, transfer applicants will receive a course credit evaluation with their offer of admission and will be able to transfer a maximum of 16 course credits (i.e. credit for 16 courses). Credits are usually transferrable if: they are earned at a regionally accredited institution; the course is taken among other matriculated students (i.e. online courses are not eligible for transfer credit); the course grade is a “C” or better; and The Claremont Colleges offer a comparable course. For more information on Pomona's transfer credit policy, consult our course catalog.

International Transfer Applicants

If you are currently enrolled full-time at a postsecondary institution, you must apply as a transfer applicant. The application deadlines for international students are the same as those for other transfer students. International transfer applicants are eligible for financial aid but must apply for aid at the time they apply for admission. If sending paper documents, please mail your materials early enough to accommodate delivery times. 


Transfer Application Deadline Applicants Notified Transfer Reply Date
Feb. 15 By April 1 June 1

Transfer Application Requirements

All applicants for transfer admission must submit either The Coalition Application or The Common ApplicationWe give no preference in the admissions process based on which of these applications you submit. For first-year and transfer applicants for admission for Fall 2021 entry, Pomona College has adopted a test-optional policy. This one-year policy means SAT or ACT scores are not required for applicants for transfer admission, though students may still choose to submit them. If mailing documents to our office, the address is Pomona College Office of Admissions, 333 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711.

Additional Requirements for All Transfer Applicants

  1. College Report/Transfer Report: This form should be completed by your current or most recent registrar or transfer adviser. If submitting the Common Application, it is the College Report; if submitting the Coalition Application, it is the Transfer Report. The Common Application form is available as an offline document. Officials or applicants may mail or email this form to our office. If you are not currently enrolled, please contact our office
  2. Two Academic Evaluations: Completed by two of your college course instructors, these should be uploaded through your application, or mailed or emailed directly to our office by your recommenders. Applicants may submit another optional recommendation of any type (e.g., employer, volunteer coordinator, high school teacher, etc.).
  3. Official Transcripts: Request these be sent to our office from each college or university you've ever attended; an official final transcript from your high school or secondary school (including graduation date) or official documentation of a GED is also required. In order to be official, transcripts must be mailed or emailed by registrars to our office or submitted through Parchment. 
  4. Mid-Term Report/Curriculum Report: The Common Application's Mid-Term Report form is available as an offline document. If submitting the Coalition Application, it is the Curriculum Report. Applicants should print the form; take it to their current (spring-semester) instructors for signatures and in-progress grades; and submit it to our office. (If no grade is available, instructors can indicate "in progress.") We will not make an admissions decision without these grades. However, if you are not currently enrolled, contact our office, and this requirement will be waived. 
  5. One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 or fee waiver: 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.” 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 email your school counselor, who will be required to submit a form confirming your eligibility for a fee waiver. The school ID for the counselor form is 4607. You may also submit to Pomona the NACAC Request for Transfer Admission Application Fee Waiver with the subject line "Transfer fee waiver request."
  6. If you are applying from a school where English is not the medium of instruction, you must also submit scores from The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). While we welcome cultural and linguistic diversity, we do not have English as a Second Language or other remedial programs for foreign students.


  • Interviews: If you're thinking about applying, we offer off-campus alumni interviews. Please be aware that our alumni network does not extend to every corner of the country or world, and we cannot always fulfill every interview request. The deadline for transfer applicants to request an alumni interview is Feb. 7.