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 and Puerto Rico) and 59 countries. Half identify as domestic students of color and more than 17% 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
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Students in our community share a drive to excel. Pomona is committed to supporting that drive 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.
- 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.
Diversity & Admissions
The Pomona College Office of Admissions is dedicated to recruiting and supporting talented students from underrepresented groups. Through a variety of programs, including QuestBridge, Posse and the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS), our Diversity Team recruits and supports low-income students, first-generation students and students who identity with racial or ethnic groups that are most underrepresented in higher education. Our entire office also builds relationships with community-based organizations like Chicago Scholars, College Horizons and the Sutton Trust through recruitment travel, college fairs and college access programming. Additionally, each year, we invite students from diverse, traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to visit our campus for Perspectives on Pomona (POP!), a fall fly-in program. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.