SERGIO RODRIGUEZ CAMARENA ’16

“Because we have been undocumented, we’ve had to find ways to navigate around the system. So we have skills that not a lot of people have. Like thinking outside the box, you know, entrepreneurial skills. These are things that we never claim to have, but we do. And I think if institutions were investing in that, they would be investing in the future of America.” —Sergio Rodriguez Camarena ’16

Pomona College seeks to enroll the best students, regardless of citizenship status. We strive to establish a diverse community of individuals who are intellectually talented, and who are eager learners and passionate contributors. Since 2007, in the admissions and financial aid processes, the College has fully reviewed applications from undocumented and DACAmented students who graduate from a U.S. high school by the same criteria as for all domestic students. Financial need does not affect admission decisions for U.S. citizens or students graduating from a U.S. high school, including those who are undocumented or DACAmented. 100% of need is met for all admitted students. For more information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The College is committed to supporting and guiding undocumented and DACAmented students through the application process and, upon their matriculation to Pomona, providing them with the support and resources they need to excel, including:

  • A strong, student-led IDEAS (Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success) organization at The Claremont Colleges, which can be an excellent support for students in their transition to Pomona.
  • Confidential emergency grant funding through the Dean of Students office. Grants cover the fee to apply for DACA if students would like to apply for the first time or would like to apply for a renewal.
  • A committed group of faculty and staff advisors who work to support Dreamer students at Pomona.

Application Requirements

Undocumented and DACAmented students should follow the same application procedures as other first-year or transfer applicants. Applications are reviewed on a need-blind basis.

For more information regarding admissions, please email Assistant Dean of Admissions  Michelle Gonzalez  or call her at 909-607-3028.

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