Pomona College campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34


Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Neuroscience

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Music

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Students Say

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 cross-registration 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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

Pomona’s Career Development Office offers advising and counseling to help students explore their interests and discover careers to which they might be suited; hosts career fairs and recruiting events; and provides resources for networking job searches. It also hosts a Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships Expo that brings representatives from foundations and universities to discuss postgraduate opportunities. However despite the number of offerings, many students list the Career Office as an area that “could definitely be better” and say that the school needs “more resources for internships and career development.” On the other hand, several students cite their professors as a helpful resource to “get the internships and jobs that we want or need for our desired careers,” and more than 200 students conduct mentored research, with a stipend, each summer. Overall, students say that Pomona provides “a diverse education that will prepare students for whatever they choose to do afterward” and out of alumni visiting Payscale.com, 43 percent report that they derive meaning from their career.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

As for career preparation, the alumni we spoke with told us that their extracurricular activities at Pomona were among their most valuable experiences there. Louis DiPalma described his involvement with the Associated Students of Pomona College (the student government) and serving as Junior Class President: “It gave me a really interesting look at the politics and inner workings of the school as well as helping me learn things like long-term planning, coordinating for an event, and finding funding for a project. In the end, some things I did were big successes, others were failures, but I took a lot of learning from what worked and what didn’t that has helped me since.” Alumna Jordan Pedraza, a Senior Program Manager at Google for Education, had been involved on campus as a mentor with the Office of Black Student Affairs, a student tutor, and a student technology consultant (among other activities). She told us: “Although it wasn’t always clear during college how my trajectory would pan out, I was lucky to have wonderful mentors encouraging me to learn new skills and knowledge that would round out my background for the future. The writing, thinking, and analytical skills I developed at Pomona influenced my interest in becoming a professor; my classes tutoring and mentoring jobs influenced my passion for education and social justice; and my work with the technology department influenced my interest in technology.” She continued, “The most valuable experience I had was developing my world view: All the readings, papers, discussions, and presentations inspired confidence to form an opinion, consider alternative perspectives, communicate my thoughts in a compelling way, and engage with response or feedback. . . . I find deep joy and fulfillment in thinking critically and sharing my viewed in my professional and personal lives, and Pomona has enabled me to experience that.”
Service Learning

“Pomona College,” says one Spanish major, “is all about sustainability, diversity, and equality.” The school strives to stay on top of the latest environmental issues, from sustainability to climate change, and adjust its policies accordingly. Pomona already had eight LEED certified buildings, and the under-construction Millikan Science Hall is being built to meet at least LEED Gold-certification standards. Instead of purchasing offsets (also known as renewable energy credits), Pomona plans to focus on behavior modification, conservation efforts campus wide, efficiency, and renewable energy sources. One molecular biology major says that Pomona’s greatest strength is that the school and its student body is “environmentally, socially, and politically aware.” In the dining halls, as part of the school’s Sustainability Action Plan, the goal is to have 15 percent of the total food purchases qualify as sustainable by 2015 and 20 percent of total food purchases qualify as sustainable by 2020. That year is also the deadline for Pomona’s objective to have 50 percent of produce purchased be local. Outside of the classroom—and the dining halls—students looking to get back to nature have the opportunity to join the Claremont Colleges’ popular outdoor club, On the Loose, which helps organize backpacking, hiking, climbing, and rafting trips in California and the Southwestern states for interested students. According to OTL’s website, the club “welcome[s] students of all ability levels, from the most hardened sherpas to the freshest greenhorns,” so freshmen who want to take up a new sport, as well as those who are seasoned hikers, should join. As one international relations major puts it, “On the Loose, the outdoors club, is a huge part of campus culture. Most students will gladly work a Friday night to go climb rocks, surf, or hike early on Saturday with friends.” Pomona also offers the resources of the Outdoor Education Center, one of the country’s premier outdoor education programs. The Center provides hands-on opportunities for students in outdoor education and recreation and, as an added environmental bonus, the building where the Center is housed is Platinum-certified by LEED standards.
Global Education

While a foreign language requirement in college is nothing new, Pomona offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in another language. The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations provides not only conversation courses in six major languages—Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish—but also provides a select number of students the option of living in a language dorm, where not only will the students take the normal language courses but they’ll be surrounded by the language all day long. One Spanish major praises the language programs at Pomona, saying that the school’s “Foreign Language Resource Center has free tutoring from students in high-level language courses.” The living requirements for Pomona’s language dorms, which are supervised by language residents who are native speakers in the foreign language the students are learning, are fairly routine, with all residents needing to take a year of college-level language study and also be open to joining in Oldenborg’s many extracurricular activities. These activities are open to all Pomona students, regardless of if they are residents in the Oldenborg language dorm. One popular gathering place at lunch are the language tables in the Oldenborg Center dining hall, where students congregate to practice their conversational foreign language skills with native speakers. Every day, tables are set up to accommodate the six major languages but for students who are interested in practicing a new language—or those international students who want to reconnect with a piece of their native country—the language tables also offer other options on a rotating basis, from Tagalog and Hindu/Urdu to Persian, Swedish, and Armenian. In addition to the language lunch tables, the Oldenborg Center also sponsors the Oldenborg Lunch Colloquium, and special events like the International Karaoke Klub Nite.
Special Facilities

Since Pomona students are all taught by professors, rather than teaching assistants or graduate students, opportunities abound to assist these professors in their lab or with other research projects. One philosophy, politics, and economics major notes, “I am a freshman and I am already working with a professor doing research,” which seems to be the norm rather than the exception to the rule at Pomona. One member of Pomona’s science faculty underscores that her fellow professors all mentor students for research projects. “Students (even first-year students) are able to participate in research at all levels,” says this professor, “from study design, data collection, analysis, writing, presenting and sometimes publishing. Just recently [six] students from my lab presented their research at a professional scientific meeting on five separate research projects!” For students looking to pursue careers in the sciences, two key Pomona facilities where they can get more hands-on experience are the Table Mountain Observatory and the Scanning Electron Microscope. The Observatory, which is used primarily by the physics and astronomy department, includes instruments such as the Pomona College 1-Meter Telescope, which is housed at NASA JPL’s Table Mountain Facility and located in the mountains above Wrightwood, California. This telescope is used to study dense interstellar clouds and star-forming regions. The Department of Physics and Astronomy, in conjunction with Harvey Mudd, also operates a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), the funding for which came from a grant from the National Science Foundation. Students, after attending a mandatory training session, are allowed to use the SEM for projects and research reaching beyond physics into fields such as chemistry, biology and geology. The Millikan Planetarium, also maintained by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is undergoing renovations but will reopen in 2015 with a state of the art facility called the Digital Immersive Theatre. This new addition will include an “all-dome visualization capability that will enable us to fly through galaxies, land on planets, and to visualize datasets for all of the sciences, humanities, and art within [the] theatre.”


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition, fees, and room and board at Pomona run about $60,500 for a year. At the same time, the mantra here is that no one should hesitate to apply because of the cost. Pomona College has needblind admissions and meets the full, demonstrated financial aid need of every accepted student with scholarships and work-study. Students say that Pomona “has a reputation of providing great financial aid packages.”

Bang For Your Buck

The financial aid program here is exceedingly generous and goes beyond just covering tuition, room and board, and fees, for which Pomona can and does meet 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need. The financial aid packages consist wholly of grants and scholarships, probably along with a campus job that you work maybe ten hours a week. For students on financial aid who wish to participate in study abroad, Pomona ensures that cost is not a barrier. All programs carry academic credit and no extra cost for tuition or room and board. To ensure that all Pomona students are able to participate in the college’s internship program, funding is provided in the form of an hourly wage for semester-long internships, making it possible for students to take unpaid positions. The Career Development Office (CDO) also subsidizes transportation to and from internships. In addition, the college offers funding, based on need, to students with job interviews on the East Coast during the Winter Break Recruiting Days program.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



51% female
49% male
69% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

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 “tree-hugging, rock-climbing, Tom’s shoes–wearing” undergraduates, with most students generally falling within the “liberal, upper-middle-class, hipster-athlete” 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.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Students Say

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Sagehens)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Sagehens)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

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


As the founding member of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, Pomona College in California might be expected to be a green leader. The college has had an environmental policy since 2003, when strict environmental standards for new construction on campus were first implemented. That early commitment to green building continues today. All existing buildings are regularly retrofitted to improve energy efficiency in lighting, HVAC and other building systems, and the college's new Sontag and Pomona Residence Halls are LEED Platinum. Pomona’s Environmental Analysis Program incorporates sustainability across the curriculum by offering eleven concentrations in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Student programs and campus engagement efforts include a green office certification program, green living training for all RAs and student mentors, an annual sustainability film festival, and a program where students can get free drying racks, CFL light bulbs, and compost buckets. With a change to self-operated dining, the college was able to increase sustainable food purchases and became the first liberal arts college to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification. Funding is available for students to participate in a variety of sustainability-related research with faculty, both on and off campus. Additionally, a team of students and faculty were awarded the Excellence in Innovations for Sustainability award for their hand-built mobile power station “SolTrain.” Pomona for Environmental Activism and Responsibility (PEAR), the Environmental Quality Committee (EQC), Food Rescue, Green Bikes, the Organic Farm, and Clean Sweep/ReCoop are a few of the college’s sustainability-related student organizations. Together, they work on diverse projects ranging from dorm energy use competitions to running a campus bike shop and bike exchange. For students seeking to continue their sustainability work after graduation, the college’s Career Development Office offers special green sector programming during Career Week.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Through our bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions

Sumner Hall
333 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Smith Campus Center
Sontag Greek Theater
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.

Campus Tours

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

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available


Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Varies throughout the year


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).