Who am I? How can I put the next four years to the best possible use? How will I challenge myself – and make the world a better place?
Pomona College is brilliantly positioned to help students answer these questions. Located in Southern California, a region known for innovation, adventure and openness, Pomona offers a top-notch liberal arts education within a diverse, yet tight-knit, community of 1,668 students. As passionate learners, our students and faculty prize collaboration and exploration. Pomona provides the intellectual, social and financial resources to help students realize their fullest potential.
Pomona students share a drive to excel. They come to campus from 63 countries and all 50 U.S. states (plus Washington D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico), and they pursue majors ranging from music to molecular biology, Latin American studies to linguistics. They are anything but typical. Imagine:
- Producing documentary films about your family’s medical missions to Ecuador, while also captaining the football team
- Earning an economics degree while completing a long-distance internship with a tech start-up in your home country of Ghana – and dancing in your spare time
- Discovering a passion for music that spurs you to master violin, sing with an a cappella group, play in the College's orchestra, and ultimately serve as your college orchestra’s concertmaster.
We expect students to dream big. You supply the talent, curiosity and drive. We help you channel it. The possibilities are limited only by your energy and imagination.
At Pomona, students and faculty work collaboratively in class and support each other outside class. Within a culturally, socioeconomically and intellectually diverse community, individuals make connections and stand out. Here are just a few ways we build community:
- With an average class size of 15 and a student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, all students have access to superb instructors, nearly two-thirds of whom are currently collaborating with students on research projects.
- We are part of a consortium with four other undergraduate and two graduate institutions, The Claremont Colleges, which gives Pomona students across to some 2,700 classes and a broader social base of 5,800 undergraduates.
- Our Sponsor Program, largely student-led, ensures all first-year students are housed with approximately 15 other first-years, with each group led by two or three sophomore sponsors. Sponsors live in residence halls with their groups, easing the transition to college by creating a welcoming environment and providing mentoring.
- Numerous Claremont College or Pomona-specific groups and resource centers provide support, including the McAlister Center for Religious Activities, as well as mentor programs for students who are low-income and/or first-generation college students, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, of African descent, and/or LGBTQIA.
Pomona's $2 billion endowment is among the top five in the country per student.
Laszlo Bock ’93, now senior advisor at Google, sums it up: "At Pomona, no one ever said 'No.' Whatever I wanted to explore or pursue, they always found a way to say 'Yes.'" Driven to achieve, innovate and create, Pomona students have access to a wealth of resources, including:
- Financial aid packages averaging $51,134 per student per year.
- Honnold-Mudd Library, which houses almost two million volumes; the 35,000-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified Studio Art Hall, opened in 2014; the LEED Platinum-certified Millikan Laboratory and Andrew Science Hall, opened in 2015, which holds a domed digital planetarium, outdoor physics lab and state-of-the-art classrooms; an on-campus Museum of Art, which hosts weekly "Art After Hours" events with music, film screenings and performances and the Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity ("the Hive"), opened in 2015 as a place where students can form creative teams, be intellectually daring and work collaboratively to address complex challenges.
- A program for funded academic-year and summer internships and a program for funded summer research opportunities (SURP), which enables some 200 students annually to pursue scientific, humanities, social science and interdisciplinary research on and off campus.
- Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, provides excellent natural environments to explore (beaches, mountains and deserts), as well as incredibly rich and diverse cultural landscapes in which to research, engage, learn and grow.
Why Pomona? As the late civil rights attorney and co-founder of Pomona’s Black Student Association John Payton ’73 said, “Pomona College is preparing its students to be able to help change our world into a better world. All daring minds are welcome at Pomona College, and they won’t be disappointed when they get here.”