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Pomona Admissions Information

Pomona College
Claremont, CA (map)


Pomona is one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges and ranks #6 for Best Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report. Voted #9 for Best Classroom Experience, the college provides a comprehensive curriculum in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences where students are taught in a small and intimate setting. The low student-to-faculty ratio enables students to engage and closely collaborate with professors who are top scholars, while offering an environment for intellectual development and personal growth. Pomona is the founding member of the Claremont Colleges, a consortium that gives students the opportunity to cross-register in courses at Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer. As a college known for fostering and producing sharp minds, Pomona has a number of distinguished alumni such as Kris Kristofferson and Roy Disney.

Located within an hour from the Pacific Ocean, the Mojave Desert, the San Gabriel Mountains, and Los Angeles, Pomona’s opportunity for recreational and cultural options are nearly limitless. The school offers its students 280 campus organizations and clubs for all types of interests. For the academically-inclined, there is a Math Club and the Medical Sciences Society; for the more free-thinking, just-for-fun organizations like the Cheese Club and the Cooking in Your Dorm Club make for a well-rounded experience. 98% of Pomona students live on-campus, where the diversity of backgrounds allows peers to challenge one another daily.



Basic Info

Main Address: 550 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone Number: (909) 621-8000  
Website: www.pomona.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, club, intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,560  
Percent out-of-state: 65%  
Percent international: 6%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 7:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
English Language and Literature
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing  
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Radio station
Student newspaper
Television station
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #8 School Runs Like Butter
  • Voted #9 Great Financial Aid
  • Voted #13 Least Religious Students
  • Voted #9 Best Classroom Experience
  • Voted #13 Dorms Like Palaces

Admissions Information

With a 15% acceptance rate, Pomona is one of the most selective colleges in the U.S. The school's admission process is quite competitive, and the college is interested in attaining the best students possible.

An applicant's GPA, secondary school report, standardized test scores, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are greatly significant as they are the most important factors in determining admission. Extracurricular activities, talent, class rank, and personal qualities are also important as they are used to evaluate motivation and leadership potential. The recommended interview is also important, but secondary to the aforementioned considerations. Pomona considers alumni relation, geographical residence, ethnicity, volunteer work, work experience, and whether the applicant is a first-generation college student.

Admissions address: 333 North College Way
Claremont, CA 91711-6312
Phone number: (909) 621-8134  
Fax number: (909) 621-8952  
Admissions Website: http://pomona.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@pomona.edu  
Contact Person: Art Rodriguez  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,149  
Percent of applicants admitted: 15%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 2  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test and SAT II Subject Tests, OR
ACT (Writing component is recommended)
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All SAT Scores Required for Review  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4607  
ACT code: 0372  
Learn more about other Small California schools:
Pitzer   Occidental   Harvey Mudd   Claremont McKenna  

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