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Coronavirus Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

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. The College is continuing with remote education for fall semester. Please see the College’s Coronavirus Information website for more details.

Is Pomona College open to visitors?

The campus is closed, and most faculty and staff are working from home. While Pomona College continues to discourage unnecessary visits to campus, faculty and staff who need to be on campus for specific reasons and who do not have symptoms and have not knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can come to campus. The College is also working with healthcare provider Hamilton Healthbox (HHB) to implement new measures to help keep us all safe. Read more about Pomona Safe, the new health screening protocols.

We will not offer campus tours or in-person information sessions in the fall of 2020. We regret that we cannot welcome students and their families to campus, but we seek 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 live-narrated video tour of campusa virtual tour of Pomona or a virtual tour of The Claremont Colleges. Or sign up for one of our virtual visit options (information sessions with Q&A or video chats with admissions officers, webinars or special presentations).

If You Are a Current High School Student

I am interested in Pomona—can I visit campus?

While the admissions office is closed to visitors, we are offering virtual information sessions with Q&A and individual virtual appointments. We also invite you to take a live-narrated video tour of campusa 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.

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 prospective students. We also offer options for 20-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 has adopted a test-optional policy for applicants for admission for entry in fall 2021.

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 are due Nov. 15, 2020. Early Decision II and Regular Decision applications are 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 has been impacted by changes at my high school? What if my courses are not graded?

We understand that you may be undergoing minor or major changes to your schooling, courses offered, and/or grading policies. We plan to be as flexible as possible in adapting to the changes that might be reflected on your transcript or other parts of your application. We will honor the decisions made by your high school as regards grading and instructional plans 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 or grades are not available to you.

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

If your high school did not offer letter grades for the spring of junior year and/or the fall of senior year, we will not hold this against you in the admissions process. We will be considering the grades that appear on your transcript 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.