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Transfer Applicants

We value the diversity and breadth of experience that transfer students bring to our classrooms and social communities. Each fall, 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.

Deadline

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

Please note that the transfer application is Feb. 15. Supporting documents such as transcripts and recommendations may be submitted until March 1. We encourage you to submit the Mid-Term Report (or Curriculum Report) after Feb. 15 but before March 6 in order to show your most recent grades. Transfer students are only admitted for fall entry.

Frequently Asked Questions about Transfer

Transfer Eligibility

We admit transfer students as sophomores or juniors, and transfer students must spend at least four full-time semesters at Pomona to receive a B.A. degree. 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. Students who have completed college coursework as part of an early college program should apply as first-year applicants. If you have completed less than one year of college work, please contact our office to review your application eligibility. We do not accept applications from students who have already received a bachelor's degree.

Transfer Credit Policies

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; the course grade is a “C” or better; and The Claremont Colleges offer a comparable course. During enforced periods of remote learning, Pomona will accept online courses taken for credit. For more information on Pomona's transfer credit policy, consult our course catalog.

Pomona courses are semester-long and typically carry 4 credits. If you are on a quarter or trimester system, or your course carries more or less than 4 credits, you can calculate your transferrable credits using this chart

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 self-report them (official score reports are not necessary unless and until you are admitted). 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

  • 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, we still ask that you obtain a report from the last institution at which you were enrolled. 
  • Two Academic Evaluations: Completed by two of your college course instructors (TA recommendations are acceptable), 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.). Given remote learning, obtaining recommendations may be difficult for first-year college students—we understand. We will read your application with one academic evaluation but encourage you to submit two if possible.
  • 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 or the National Student Clearinghouse. 
  • Mid-Term Report/Curriculum Report: As part of our application review, we are interested in your current academic performance so require a Mid-Term 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. If you are in a remote learning situation, please email this form to your current (spring-semester) instructors for electronic signatures and in-progress grades; request that your instructors email the form back to our office from their official email account. If you are in-person, please give this form to your instructors and request that they email it back to us. We will upload each form to your application file. (If no grade is available, instructors can indicate "in progress.") We will not make an admissions decision without these in-progress grades. However, if you are not currently enrolled, you will be able to request a waiver of the requirement through your applicant status page. 
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 or no-hassle 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 admissions@pomona.edu

    Interviews: Alumni interviews are typically an optional application element, but we have received a larger volume of interview requests this year 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. 

International Transfer Applicants

The transfer application deadline for international students is the same as that for domestic applicants. 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. If your transcripts are not in English, you will need to provide official translations. If you have further questions about submitting foreign transcripts, please contact us.

If English is not the primary language of instruction in your secondary school, you must submit either official or self-reported results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We accept the following versions of the TOEFL exam: TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution. While we welcome cultural and linguistic diversity, we do not have English as a Second Language or other remedial programs for foreign students.

Recommended Preparation for Transfer

We are often asked whether we require specific courses be taken before applying to transfer: do we have prerequisites? The answer is no. 

However, we do have recommendations. Given that transfer students enter Pomona as sophomores or juniors, they have less time on campus to complete all of their general education requirements and major(s)/minor requirements. We therefore recommend, when possible, that applicants focus on completing courses that will fulfill our general education requirements before applying so that they may focus more on courses in their major(s) while at Pomona. 

The six breadth of study areas that make up the majority of our general education requirements are:

  1. Area 1: Criticism, Analysis, & Contextual Study of Works of the Human Imagination (for example, Art History, Classics, Dance, Literature, Media Studies theory or history, Music theory or history or appreciation, or Theatre history or criticism courses)
  2. Area 2: Social Institutions & Human Behavior (for example, anthropology, economics, environmental analysis, international relations, linguistics, cognitive science, PPE, politics, psychology, PPA, STS, or sociology courses)
  3. Area 3: History, Values, Ethics & Cultural Studies (for example, Africana studies, American studies, Asian studies, Asian American studies, Chicano/a Latino/a studies, history, Latin American studies, philosophy, religious studies, gender & women's studies courses)
  4. Area 4: Physical & Biological Sciences (for example, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, molecular biology, neuroscience, or physics courses)
  5. Area 5: Mathematical & Formal Reasoning (for example, computer science, mathematics, formal logic, or statistics courses)
  6. Area 6: Creation & Performance of Works of Art & Literature (for example, studio art, creative writing, dance, media studies production, music performance & composition, or theatre performance courses)

Reapplying for Admission

Students who previously applied either for first-year or transfer admission are welcome to reapply for transfer admission. Each admissions cycle is different, and an applicant who was denied in one cycle may be admitted as a transfer student in a subsequent year. (Likewise, admitted students who declined an initial offer of admission or were waitlisted may be–and have been–admitted in a subsequent year upon reapplication.) A more extensive record of academic preparation and success may increase the strength of a transfer application, or a more robust collection of experiences may increase the sense of a transfer applicant's fit. When considering a reapplication, we have access to any previous applications, but the new application will be the primary focus of our evaluation.