Class of 2020 admitted student packages

The big news arrives today for the Pomona College Class of 2020.

Pomona College admissions team working on admission packages for admitted Class of 2020 students

The Office of Admissions staff working hard to prepare admitted student packages.

By the Numbers




students admitted


students admitted

Where Students Are From


states, plus D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico



Diversity of Admitted Students


domestic students of color


international students




first-generation students


transfer students, including 10 community college transfers

Emails will go out after 5 p.m. PDT to admitted students across the nation and around the globe. The admissions and financial aid team began the celebration early with the tradition of ringing the bells of Sumner Hall 20 times at noon to welcome the newly chosen class.

The College received 8,104 first-year applications. This was the most selective year yet, with the College admitting a record-low 9.1 percent of applicants, or 743 students. Eleven of these students were admitted in a previous year and deferred enrollment until this year. A Pomona College-Cambridge University Downing Scholar will also join the class.

In addition, the College admitted 20 transfer students from a pool of 249. The admitted group includes 10 students from community colleges, of which two are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Seeing the new class emerge from the work of the Admissions Committee over the last few months has been incredibly special,” said Seth Allen, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid. “I’m in awe of the diverse backgrounds, talents and academic abilities of the new members of the Class of 2020, and I look forward to welcoming them to the Pomona community.”

Recruiting the Class

This year Pomona admissions officers visited high schools throughout the U.S. and abroad in order to recruit a deep and talented pool of applicants. They visited 39 states and 25 countries to meet with students, parents and high school college counselors. An additional 18,372 students and visitors were hosted on campus for tours, information sessions and interviews.

As part of its commitment to increasing access to higher education, Pomona’s Office of Admissions has built relationships with community-based organizations that help colleges connect with applicants from under-resourced schools. Organizations Pomona partners with include A Better Chance, Chicago Scholars, the KIPP Foundation and the Sutton Trust, as well as numerous local and regional programs.

Of special note, four admitted students are participants in the Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS), an intensive, three-year college preparation program run by our own Draper Center for Community Partnerships. The commitment to increasing access also includes a decade of work with QuestBridge and more than 12 years of partnership with the Posse Foundation.

About the Class

Students admitted to the Class of 2020 come from 48 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Admitted students represent 44 nationalities. The admitted group is evenly split between men and women. Domestic students of color make up the majority of the admitted class at 52.3 percent. Of these students, 14.4 percent are Asian, 12.4 percent Black/African American, 16 percent Latino, 8.1 percent multiracial and 1 percent Native American. 

International students comprise another 11.1 percent of the admitted class. 

Among the admitted students, 16.8 percent are first-generation college students, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree. 


Students admitted to the Class of 2020 are academically outstanding. From high schools that rank, 92 percent are in the top decile of their class, 18.9 percent are valedictorians and another 9 percent are salutatorians. Median SAT scores are 730 critical reading, 730 math and 740 writing. The median ACT is 32.

Where They Come From

The top U.S. states students come from are California (197), Illinois (42), New York (36), Texas (36), Washington (28), Florida (25), Maryland (18) and Oregon (17). The admitted students hail from 42 foreign countries, with the largest representation from China (15), India (9), the United Kingdom (9), Singapore (7), Canada (6), the Republic of Korea (6), Turkey (6), Brazil (4), Ecuador (3), Ghana (3), Greece (3), Hong Kong (3) and Kenya (3).

In all, the admitted students come from 617 schools worldwide.

About Pomona

Located in Claremont, Calif., about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Pomona College emphasizes a challenging curriculum, intellectual curiosity, small classes with close student-faculty interaction and opportunities for undergraduate research.

With 47 majors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary studies, Pomona College is one of a handful of institutions which practice need-blind admissions and provide need-based financial aid.

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