First generation and/or low-income students at Pomona College form one of the largest student groups on campus: The Pomona Quest chapter.

By the Numbers

  • 18% of students at Pomona are first generation.
  • Since 2006, Pomona has enrolled 325 first-generation and/or low-income students through the QuestBridge program.
  • Over the past 10 years, Questies have hailed from 38 states and the District of Columbia.

For a decade, Pomona College has partnered with QuestBridge, an organization that matches high-achieving, low-income high school students with top-tier colleges and universities across the country. This partnership has not only increased the number of first-generation and low-income students on campus, but it also provides ongoing support to this growing community.

With more than 170 students known as Questies, the chapter includes both QuestBridge Scholars, as well as any and all students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income. The chapter offers peer mentoring, social events, workshops and support for its members.

Questies are a diverse group, hailing from various parts of the country, representing all 47 majors, participating in various clubs and organizations, sports and events. 

"Quest is like a second family. You can relate to all the people in it and know that they’re always there to support you. And we always have fun.” — Jovani Azpeitia ’19

"Quest has served as the catalyst to my success as a low-income student, giving me the skills necessary to navigate my way at Pomona." — Chinasa Okolo ’18