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Outcomes: Your Future

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Sagehens at Work

Check out the videos about the thriving careers of six Pomona graduates, from across the nation, who are working to make a difference in a variety of fields.

Three student faces.

Q&As with Young Alumni

Recent graduates reveal how a Pomona College education helped prepare them to enter the workforce and where they see themselves in five years.

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Sample Career Paths

There is no one path for a Pomona student in any major, but here is a sampling of some of the careers our alumni are engaged in, as well as specific companies that senior students self-reported they would be entering upon graduation.

The best evidence of the soundness of Pomona’s educational philosophy is the success of its graduates. Pomona alumni have served in positions of leadership in practically every field of human endeavor – from medicine, public policy, and the arts to scientific research, journalism, business, and the law, as well as almost every field of academic research and teaching.

In preparing and planning for their life after Pomona, students can lean on faculty mentors, a pool of successful alumni and a talented Career Development Office staff who are committed to their success.

Class of 2020 Plans

For the class of 2020, we had an 82% knowledge rate. Of that knowledge rate, 90% of those graduates are participating in career activities (such as a job, internship, service opportunity, graduate school, fellowship, or other specific activity). The following chart identifies the percentages of those graduates engaging in career activities.

Top Employers

  • Accenture
  • AmeriCorps
  • Analysis Group
  • City of Hope
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Teach for America

Select Fellowships and Awards

  • 1 Churchill Scholarship
  • 7 Fulbright Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • 1 Knight Hennessy Scholarship
  • 1 Marshall Scholarship
  • 2 National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • 1 Stanford EDGE Scholarship
  • 2 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships

Alumni Outcomes

The Office of Institutional Research gathers data through surveys that helps inform the mission of Pomona College, including information about recent graduates and alumni who are five and 10 years out. 

According to a recent survey of alumni, 81 percent of alumni were either pursuing or had completed an advanced degree within 10 years of graduating Pomona. While many work or pursue other opportunities before entering graduate or a professional degree program, many head straight there after graduation.

For the Class of 2020, some of the graduate/professional school destinations included: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University of Miami, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oxford and University of Pennsylvania. 

To further explore Pomona College through data, please visit our Information Center.