Introducing the Pomona College Class of 2022

Orientation, First Year Students, Running Through the Gates

The wait is almost over: Big news arrives today for the Pomona College Class of 2022.

Pomona will offer admission to 713 students across the United States and throughout the world. Applicants will be able to see their decisions via secure online access starting today at 5 p.m. PDT.

Pomona received 10,245 first-year applications, the largest number in the College’s history. To celebrate the incoming class, staff from Pomona’s Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid rang the Sumner Hall bell 22 times this afternoon.

“Getting to know the stories and accomplishments of so many remarkable young people is the best part of my job,” said Seth Allen, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid. “The new Class of 2022 is superbly diverse, creative and talented, and the Admissions Committee and I can’t wait to see their impact on campus as they pursue their academic passions and interests.”

About the Class

With first-year applications exceeding 10,000 for the first time, the admission rate dropped to 6.9 percent.

Students admitted to the Class of 2022 come from 47 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Admitted students hail from 44 foreign countries, with international students comprising 11.3 percent of the class.

Eleven students were admitted in a previous year and deferred enrollment until this year. A Pomona College-Cambridge University Downing Scholar and one visiting student will also join the class.

In addition, the College admitted 28 transfer students from a pool of 390, a 20 percent increase in the applicant pool over last year. 

The admitted group is 52 percent female and 48 percent male. 

Domestic students of color make up the majority of the admitted class at 56.5 percent. Of these students, 16.8 percent are Asian American, 12.8 percent Black, 17.8 percent Latino and 7.7 percent multiracial. Four American Indian/Native Alaskan and six Native Hawaiian students, along with an additional 25 students who note Native heritage as part of a multiracial identity, have also been admitted.

First-generation college students – meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree – comprise 19.2 percent of those admitted to the Class of 2022. 


Students admitted to the Class of 2022 are academically exceptional. Ninety-five percent of those who attend high schools that rank are in the top decile. The median SAT scores are 735 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and 760 for math. The median ACT score is 34.

Students identified a broad range of academic interests, with 22.3 percent of admitted students indicating a first major choice in the humanities, 20.3 percent in the social sciences, 26.9 percent in the natural sciences, 21.5 percent in interdisciplinary fields and 9 percent are undecided about their field of study. 

Where They Come From

The top U.S. states that students come from are California (173), New York (44), Texas (41), Illinois (37), Washington (33), Florida (23) and Massachusetts and Arizona (18 each). Admitted international students hail from 44 foreign countries, with the largest representation from China (13), the United Kingdom (8), India (7), Hong Kong (6), Japan (5), Canada (5), Korea (4), Brazil (4), Singapore (4), Turkey (4), Pakistan (3), Chile (3) and Greece (3).

In all, admitted students come from 606 schools worldwide.

Recruiting the Class

Reaching out to a deep and talented pool of applicants, Pomona admissions officers visited 871 high schools in 49 states and 38 foreign countries to meet with students, parents and high school college counselors.

An additional 23,316 students and visitors were hosted on campus for tours and information sessions.

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 the College’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships. In addition, 17 admitted students were matched through Pomona’s partnership with QuestBridge and 20 students were recruited through the Posse Foundation. Also, 99 admitted students reported working with a community-based organization (CBO), including eight with the KIPP Foundation and four with  College Horizons.

As part of its commitment to increasing access to higher education, Pomona has built relationships with additional organizations that help colleges connect with applicants from under-resourced schools. They include Bridge2Rwanda, the Grew Bancroft Foundation, Schuler Scholars, and The Sutton Trust, as well as numerous local and regional programs.

Alumni played a key role in recruiting this class as well. Nearly 700 Pomona alumni admissions volunteers conducted a total of 1,034 interviews in 41 states and 29 different countries. 

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 48 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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