We hope to provide you with answers to your most pressing questions about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on your preparation for college, your college search process, your ability to finance a college education, and/or your college decision and enrollment. As new policies are implemented both nationally and locally, we will be adding and updating information to keep you informed. Our campus is currently closed to visitors, with all admissions-related activities taking place online. 

We understand that students and families are experiencing many disruptions to their lives at this time, and we seek to be as responsive as possible to your questions and concerns. If you do not find the answers you seek here, please contact us at admissions@pomona.edu or sign up for a virtual Q&A session or individual virtual appointment with an admissions officer.

How is Pomona responding to the coronavirus outbreak?

Pomona College continues to take measures to support public health efforts in response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In line with national and state measures, and with an abundance of concern for the Pomona College community and all people’s health, we have reduced the number of people on Pomona’s campus as much as possible. Please see the College’s Coronavirus Information website for more details.

Is Pomona open to visitors?

As of March 16, the Office of Admissions canceled all campus visits and closed to the public. We have no plans to offer campus tours or in-person information sessions in the summer of 2020. We regret that we cannot welcome students and their families to campus, but we feel this is the best protective measure to take to ensure the health and safety of everyone. While nothing can completely replace the experience of being on campus, we do invite you to take a virtual tour of Pomona or a virtual tour of The Claremont Colleges, or sign up for one of our Virtual Visit options (information sessions, Q&A events or video chats with admissions officers).

Has Pomona notified students about admission decisions?

Admission decisions for first-year students for the Class of 2024 were released on March 20. Admissions decisions for transfer applicants were released on March 30.

If You Are an Enrolling Student

Am I still required to submit a final high school transcript by July 1?

We require that by July 1 each enrolling student submits a final transcript that includes final grades and classes as well as the student’s high school graduation date. We strongly prefer that the transcript be submitted electronically. If your final transcript will not be available by July 1, please notify us at in@pomona.edu. If your classes were cancelled, please ask a school district official, high school principal or other school-based leader to submit a letter to that effect, confirming the student’s graduation date, in lieu of the final transcript. If you have any other concerns impacting the submission of your final transcript, please email us. We plan to be as flexible as possible in working with you and school counselors to ensure your enrollment.

I am considering taking a gap year. What do I need to do?

Students enrolled in the Class of 2024 now have until July 20 to request to defer their entry to the College by one year. Requests to defer are reviewed and approved individually by the Dean of Admissions, and should be emailed to Gina Green at gina.green@pomona.edu. For more information see the Gap Year Website.

If You Are a Current High School Junior or Sophomore

I am interested in Pomona—can I visit campus?

Pomona’s campus is currently closed to visitors, and this will continue to be the case throughout the fall. There are no plans to offer campus tours or in-person information sessions in fall of 2020.

While there is no substitute for experiencing Pomona in person, we are more than just a location—we are also a collection of people. We have many resources that focus on connecting you with Pomona people—we think this will be immensely helpful to you as you navigate your college options. While the admissions office is closed to visitors, we are offering daily virtual information sessions, virtual Q&A events and individual, virtual appointments. We also invite you to take a virtual tour of Pomona or a virtual tour of The Claremont Colleges. There are loads of other ways to learn about Pomona from the comfort of your home: webinarsour student blog, Voicesnews featuresour Sagecast podcasts; and social media. Or reach out to one of our friendly summer fellows with any questions.

Can I connect with an admissions officer?

Yes! We like to connect you to the staff member who visits your region, so reach out to your officer either by email or for short, virtual appointments for current sophomores and juniors. Monday through Friday, we also offer options for 15-minute virtual chats with an admissions officer or a student intern.

Will Pomona still require standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) for applicants for Fall 2021?

Pomona College is adopting a test-optional policy for applicants for admission for entry in Fall 2021. This one-year policy means SAT or ACT scores are not required for applicants for first-year or transfer admission, but students may still choose to submit them. For those questioning whether to submit test scores, students are encouraged to decide how best to present themselves to the admission committee and whether—or not—their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential. For those who elect to submit them, test scores will be reviewed holistically, in the context of other application materials and indicators of academic ability and promise.

The Office of Admissions will continue to place emphasis on academic achievement, leadership and extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors. The submission of arts supplements and completion of an alumni interview continue to be optional components of the Pomona application.

Has Pomona changed their application deadlines for Fall 2021 applicants?

Due to the myriad disruptions to so many students’ lives, Pomona has adjusted their deadlines for first-year admission applications. Early Decision I applications will be due Nov. 15, 2020. Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications will be due Jan. 8, 2021.

Will Pomona continue to accept AP and IB scores to award course credits?

There is no change to our policies for accepting AP and IB scores to award course credits. Course credit is awarded to students with scores of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) exams; for scores of 6 or 7 on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; and for comparable scores on British A-Level exams. Exams based on year-long courses receive one credit; exams based on semester-long courses receive one-half course credit. Credit is not granted for exams that duplicate each other, such as AP and IB English Literature.

What if my course schedule is impacted by changes at my high school? What if my courses are not being graded?

For juniors, we recognize that junior year is often seen as one of the most important of your high school career, and we understand that you may be undergoing minor and major changes to your schooling. Some schools may be altering their course offerings this semester (and possibly beyond). We plan to be as flexible as possible in adapting to the changes that are coming. We will honor the decisions made by your high school as long as they are official policy. Please review the recommendations on our website as you consider your options for course scheduling. As with all aspects of our admissions process, we take your context into account and will be accommodating if courses are no longer available to you.

What if my school will not offer letter grades for my courses but only pass/fail?​

If your high school no longer offers letter grades for the spring of junior year, we will not hold this against you in the admissions process.  We will be considering the grades that do appear on your transcript, prior to this semester and in your senior year, as a strong indicator of your academic performance and potential.

My high school has moved all courses online. Will this impact my admission decision?

We understand there have been extraordinary changes in the lives of high school students across the world. No online designation is required on the transcript, nor is an update to admissions required if your school moves classes online.