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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?

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 admissions@pomona.edu, or get in touch with your regional Admissions Officer.

Applying

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. 
  • All candidates for admission must present official or self-reported results from either the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT code: 4607) or the ACT Assessment (ACT code: 0372). 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 $51,134 per year. In 2016-17, more than $41 million in need-based institutional aid was disbursed. To learn more about available financial aid, aid application requirements and deadlines, visit our Financial Aid section.

Get to Know Pomona

If you have the opportunity get to know Pomona through a campus visit, we welcome you to go on a student-led campus tour or attend one of our information sessions. Our Office of Admissions is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday, from mid-August to mid-May. During the summer months (mid-May to mid-August), the office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are also open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from late September through early December (Thanksgiving weekend excepted). In addition to touring and taking in an information session, prospective students can add class visits and overnight stays. To learn more or arrange a visit, see our Visit page or contact the Office of Admissions.

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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
admissions@pomona.edu