At Pomona, diversity isn’t a buzzword. It’s crucial to our educational mission. Students enter with widely divergent backgrounds and experiences. They come from all 50 states (as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico) and more than 60 countries outside of the United States. Over half identify as domestic students of color and more than 18% are in the first generation of their family to attend a four-year college or university.
Students at Pomona engage with, and learn from, peers, faculty, staff and community members whose identities and perspectives may differ considerably from–and even challenge–theirs. This complex intersection of identities and perspectives enriches the larger academic and social communities at Pomona.
Supporting a Diverse Community
Pomona is committed to supporting our students' drive to excel through personal, professional and financial support:
- A need-based financial aid policy that meets the full demonstrated need of any admitted student, without student loans.
- A no-hassle fee waiver policy: If you indicate on your application that you qualify for a fee waiver, we will waive your fee without requiring additional documentation.
- A commitment to enrolling and supporting undocumented students since 2007, through admissions and financial aid policies that remove barriers.
- A commitment to enrolling and supporting veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, exemplified by our membership in the Yellow Ribbon Program and partnership with Service to School's VetLink.
- Peer mentorship, whether through students' residential communities or shared identities.
- Academic Support Resources that connect students with peers and professionals offering instruction in every discipline or coaching in general study or research skills.
- Career Resources designed to meet students' individual needs and aspirations.
- Accessibility Resources and Services dedicated to providing equal access and accommodations for students.
- A campus with a strong strategic and institutional commitment to diversity.
- A fall fly-in program, Perspectives on Pomona (POP), that brings to campus students from diverse backgrounds, traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including low-income, first-generation, rural, and whose identities are in other marginalized communities).
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