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Commencement Day at Pomona College

Pomona’s admissions staff recognize that college counselors are an invaluable resource as students begin selecting and applying to colleges. We are committed to providing the information that counselors need to advocate for their students’ success and help them achieve their goals. We believe many students could benefit from Pomona’s tight-knit and high achieving community, rigorous liberal arts curriculum and wealth of resources. Is Pomona the right choice for one of your students?

We are pleased to offer the opportunity for school-based counselors or counselors at community-based organizations to request a virtual visit with Pomona admissions. Our Pomona+ program enables school-based  counselors working with high school students to schedule a general information session, a “How to Put Your Best Foot Forward” session on the college application, or a Q&A Event with admissions and a current student. Our CBO Pomona+ program enables CBO-based counselors of highschool students to schedule a general information session, a “How to Put Your Best Foot Forward” session on the college application, a “Road Map to College” session for those just starting the college search process, or a Q&A Event with admissions and a current student.

The College is highly selective, but admissions decisions are made holistically and take into account students’ individual contexts, such as courses and extra-curricular opportunities that are available. For students with talent in a creative or performing art (i.e. dance, drama, vocal or instrumental music, or visual arts), we encourage the submission of an online supplement

Generally, competitive candidates will have completed:

  • Four to five academic subjects for each term in 10th, 11th and 12th grades
  • Four years of English
  • Four years of natural science, two of which should be lab science
  • Three years of a foreign language
  • Two years of social science (three recommended)
  • Four years of mathematics (including calculus for students interested in STEM field majors)

 If you have questions about whether Pomona is a good fit for a particular student, please contact our Office of Admissions at 909-621-8134 or, or get in touch with your regional Admissions Officer.


Students applying to Pomona can select the admissions application plan program best suited to their needs: Regular Decision, Early Decision I or II, or Transfer. Visit our Apply section for details about these application processes. Please note:

  • Students choosing either Early Decision option apply to only one institution and, if accepted, agree to withdraw all other applications and initiate no new ones. The applicant, his or her parent or guardian and the applicant’s counselor must sign an agreement to this effect.
  • Early Decision I and II are similar plans with different application deadlines. Early Decision II may be the right choice for applicants who would like to show early senior grades or need more time to complete a strong application.
  • If a student applying to Pomona is eligible to receive a fee waiver, the high school counselor will be asked to verify his or her eligibility as part of the application process.
  • If you would like more information about which application is optimum for your student, please visit our pages about the Coalition Application, the Common Application or the QuestBridge National College Match Application.
  • We require all disciplinary questions on the School Report and Counselor Recommendation 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.
  • For Regular Decision applicants, the Mid-Year Report is due by Feb. 15.
  • Transfer students, admitted in the fall semester only, must have completed at least one full year of college coursework before the time of planned enrollment. Students in early college programs should apply as first-year students.
  • International applicants who have not studied at a school where English is the primary language of instruction must submit official or self-reported scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). All enrolling students will be required to submit an official score report, and any discrepancies between self-reported and official test scores may jeopardize a student’s offer of admission. 

Financial Aid

Pomona is affordable for any qualified student, thanks to a very generous financial aid program based on two principles:

  • Need-blind admissions ensures that applicants are admitted based solely on academic potential
  • Fully funded, need-based financial aid meets 100% of any admitted student’s demonstrated need, and there are no loans in our financial aid packages

More than half of Pomona’s students receive financial aid, with the average financial aid package for all enrolled students averaging $57,311 per year in 2018-19.  Some $51.5 million in grants (from all sources) was disbursed to Pmona students in 2018-19. To learn more about available financial aid, aid application requirements and deadlines, visit our Financial Aid section.

Get to Know Pomona

While the College is closed to visitors during the coronavirus public health crisis, we invite you to take a virtual campus tour or contact us with questions. Our Office of Admissions is open to phone calls from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PDT, Monday–Friday; during other times, you may leave a voicemail message. For immediate responses between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PDT, you may email questions to or You are also invited to contact the admissions officer who oversees applications for your specific school or organization.

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Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Sumner Hall
333 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 621-8134
Fax: (909) 621-8952