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Pomona College has been recognized as one of the Top 10 colleges in Kiplinger's 300 Best College Values for 2018. At No. 6, Pomona is the only college in California in the Top 10 of the rankings compiled by the personal finance and business forecasting organization.

Introduced in 1998, the Kiplinger ranking combines public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list, basing their analysis on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability.

The editors at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance start with data from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year schools, provided by Peterson’s. The list is then narrowed to the top schools based on measures of academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and four-year graduation rates. The editors then rank the schools using cost and financial aid measures, putting more weight on academic quality than costs.

Pomona College is among a handful of institutions that are committed to both need-blind admissions and to meeting the full financial aid need of its students with scholarships. More than half of Pomona students (57 percent) receive need-based scholarship aid which averages to $46,039 a year.

The full rankings are available online and will appear in print in the February 2018 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

About Pomona College
Located in Claremont, California, Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona College is known for small classes, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities.