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Pomona College Extends Test-Optional Admissions Policy Until 2024

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Pomona College has extended its test-optional policy for three additional years for students applying for first-year and transfer admission for fall 2022, 2023 and 2024 entry. Pomona College faculty recently voted in support of the extension of a test-optional admissions policy.

“Given the uncertainty students continue to experience as the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the right thing to do for applicants who are considering Pomona,” says Seth Allen, vice president for strategy and dean of admissions and financial aid.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many U.S. colleges and universities adopted test-optional policies for fall 2021 entry and have extended this policy until 2022. Pomona College chose to extend the policy until 2024, giving students a clear message to assist in their preparation to apply to Pomona. While SAT or ACT scores are not required for applicants for first-year or transfer admission through 2024, students may choose to submit them.

“This policy extension will give the admissions office as well as the admissions and financial aid committees time to understand where the external standardized testing environment is headed as well as evaluate the results from several new classes admitted under our test-optional policy,” adds Allen.

The College’s selection process will continue to be thorough and comprehensive, notes Assistant Vice President and Director of Admissions Adam Sapp. “We use a multi-factor review process and make decisions via committee, and our test-optional policy will not change that,” he says. “The College’s outreach work will continue to be broad, thorough and comprehensive. Our commitment to access, demonstrated by recruiting broadly and encouraging students with widely divergent backgrounds and experiences to consider Pomona, remains as real and genuine as ever.” 

Admissions and financial aid staff will continue to offer virtual programming and virtual visit opportunities for students, families and college counselors all summer long. On-campus visit opportunities are expected to begin sometime mid-summer.