At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get “an academically rigorous education” in a “low-stress California atmosphere.” At this prestigious liberal arts school, “The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp,” and “all classes are taught by professors, not grad students or TAs.” With small class sizes in every department, “there is an emphasis on collaborative learning,” and “many professors are great discussion leaders and really motivate students to get involved in class.” Students have the advantage of “getting to know professors outside the classroom, in any setting, from office hours, to Thanksgiving dinner at their homes.”

Overview

Applicants
7,153
Acceptance Rate
14%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
690 - 760
SAT Math
690 - 780
ACT Composite
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get “an academically rigorous education” in a “low-stress California atmosphere.” At this prestigious liberal arts school, “The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp,” and “all classes are taught by professors, not grad students or TAs.” With small class sizes in every department, “there is an emphasis on collaborative learning,” and “many professors are great discussion leaders and really motivate students to get involved in class.” Students have the advantage of “getting to know professors outside the classroom, in any setting, from office hours, to Thanksgiving dinner at their homes.” Illustrating how personal the experience can be, a student tells us, “Today, I had a class with seven people in it, then lunch with a physics professor, and then a personal tutorial with a philosophy professor.” Another student adds, “Between department barbecues, parties, and weekend retreats, by the time you’re an upperclassman, you will know most of the professors in your major department quite well.” In complement to the intimate academic atmosphere, Pomona “offers the resources of a large university” through the Claremont College consortium, which offers joint events and crossregistration with four adjoining colleges. Among other programs, “Pomona pays for students to take otherwise unpaid internship positions.” Students praise Pomona’s “efficiency in taking care of administrative tasks such as financial aid and registration,” adding that the administration “is very good at responding to what students want.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
232
with Terminal Degree
215

125
Men
107
Women
64
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
97%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Roy Disney '51
The Walt Disney Company

Myrlie Evers Williams '68
Former Chair, NAACP

Cruz Reynoso '53
Former CA Supreme Court Associate Justice

Brian Schatz '94
U.S. Senator

Lynda Obst '72
Writer, Producer--Contact, Sleepless in Seattle

Bill Keller '70
Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times

Kris Kristofferson '58
Singer-songwriter, recording artist, actor

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
99
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,703

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,486

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$13,441

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
20%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$44,703

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,500
Required Fees
$332
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

At Pomona, “only a third or so of students are from California,” yet the California attitude reigns supreme. Here, you’ll find a number of “treehugging, rock-climbing, Tom’s shoes–wearing” undergraduates, with most students generally falling within the “liberal, upper-middle-class, hipsterathlete” continuum. Students report a “decent level of diversity and a strong international community.” Studious and talented, Pomona undergraduates “excel in the classroom and usually have some sort of passion that they pursue outside of the classroom.” “Underneath our sundresses and rainbow flip-flops, we’re all closet nerds—everybody is really passionate about something or other.” At Pomona, “you will meet the football player who got a perfect score on his SAT or the dreadlocked hippie who took multivariable calculus when he was sixteen.” Dress code is uniformly casual, and “flip-flops, polo, or tank tops and shorts” are the unofficial uniform.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,612
Out of State
67%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

13.09%
Asian
6.41%
African-American
15.79%
Hispanic
48.31%
Caucasian
8.57%
Unknown
8.16%
International

52% female
48% male
67% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Pomona students are “ridiculously happy” about their lot in life, and why shouldn’t they be? They’re living in a “perfect world full of intelligent, engaging, and open individuals, amazing academics, brilliant opportunities to get involved in, and enough sunshine to make anyone happy to be alive.” The weather is a key aspect of the experience, and “on a nice day, everyone heads outside in shorts and t-shirts to do their class work.” On any given day, “you’ll see people setting up telescopes outside the dorms at night to try to get a glimpse of the stars, you’ll find people practicing ukulele on our quad, you’ll see students filming for a project in the dining halls, [or] you’ll see someone riding around campus on a bamboo bike.” “Many people are involved in intramural sports,” and students love “hiking, skiing, and going to the beach year round.” There are many beautiful beaches in the area, and “Joshua Tree is only an hour and a half away, so there are camping trips there just about every weekend.” Though the school is small, there are four other undergraduate colleges in the Claremont Consortium, and Pomona students can “take their classes, eat at their dining halls, go to their parties, swim in their pools, and generally share in a great experience.” When its time to blow off steam, “there are large 5C-sponsored parties that people go to and enjoy.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
280
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

5% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Sagehens)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Sagehens)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Claremont McKenna College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Harvey Mudd College

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
180

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Through our bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions

Address
Sumner Hall
333 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone
909-621-8134

Email
admissions@pomona.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Smith Campus Center
Sontag Greek Theater
Skyspace
The Coop
The Farm

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Los Angeles and Pasadena
J. Paul Getty Center
Universal Studios, Disneyland
Joshua Tree National Park, Angeles National Forest
Dodgers, Lakers, Angels, Galaxy, etc.
http://www.pomona.edu/about/location/campus-and-beyond.aspx

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday plus Saturdays during fall
8am-4:30pm (M-F); 10am-1pm (Sa)
909-621-8134

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
http://www.pe.pomona.edu/information/prospective_athletes

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
joel.hart@pomona.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Varies throughout the year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 10 miles from campus. Taxi, shuttle service, and rental cars are available at the airport. A 24-hour express shuttle to Claremont is available; for this service, call 800-554-6458 or, in California, 909-973-1100 or 310-338-1111. It is also possible to fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), then take a commuter flight to Ontario, rent a car, or take a shuttle van to Claremont. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10, approximately a mile and a half from campus. Metrolink (commuter rail) serves Claremont from downtown L.A.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From anywhere except Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, take I-10 to Indian Hill Blvd. (Exit 47). Drive north approximately one mile to Bonita Ave.; turn right and go 4 blocks to the Summer Hall parking lot (on left). From Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, take I-210 (Foothill Freeway) E. and exit Towne Ave. Drive south approximately one mile; turn left on Foothill Blvd. (Rte. 66). Continue east 2 miles to Indian Hill Blvd.; turn right and proceed south 10 blocks to Bonita Ave. Turn left on Bonita and go 4 blocks to the Summer Hall parking lot (on left).
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Key Stats

7,153
Applicants
1,612
Size
14%
Acceptance Rate
1460
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists