photo of Ernesto Gutierrez Topete '17

While at Sacramento City College, Ernesto Gutiérrez Topete ’17 set his sights on earning 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 that really impressed me,” he recalls. “No other school had done that.” Currently a Ph.D. student in the Spanish & Portuguese department at UC Berkeley, Ernesto graduated from Pomona with a double major in Spanish and linguistics.

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!

Information Session for Community College Transfer Students, hosted by Amherst, Pomona, and Swarthmore Colleges & Princeton and Yale Universities

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: 

    There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $70. However, we understand that the application fee may present a financial hardship for some applicants. If you indicate on the application that you qualify for a fee waiver, we will waive your fee without requiring additional documentation. To provide further context, we are happy to automatically waive the application fee if you meet any of the following criteria:

    • You have received/are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver (domestic or international students)
    • You are enrolled/are eligible to participate in the federal free or reduced-price lunch program (FRPL)
    • Your annual family income falls within income eligibility guidelines set by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service
    • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound)
    • Your family receives public assistance (domestic and international students)
    • You live in federally subsidized public housing, or a foster home, or are homeless (domestic and international students)
    • You are a ward of the state or an orphan (domestic or international students)
    • You are currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces
    • If you attend a school outside the U.S. and your school fees are covered by need-based scholarship or another organization; you have missed two or more weeks of school due to inability to pay school fees; or you are a recipient of EducationUSA Opportunity Funds or you work with the U.S. Achievers Program or are being assisted by any college/university access program.

    If you do not meet any of these specific criteria, but the application fee presents a barrier for you to apply, please email our office at You may be asked to provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader. 

  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: Alumni interviews are offered for interested prospective applicants who are high school seniors or prospective transfer applicants. However, we have received a larger volume of requests than expected and are unable to fulfill any more requests at this time for applicants for Fall 2021. Please visit our virtual programming page for other ways to connect with the Pomona community.