Pomona ranks #4 for National Liberal Arts Colleges according to the most recent issue of US News and World Report. Founded in 1887, Pomona hosts about 1,670 students on its 140-acre campus in Claremont, California, which is situated 35 miles east of LA. Pomona is the founding member of the Claremont Colleges, and as such, students at Pomona are free to take classes at the two graduate colleges, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute, or any of the remaining 5C’s: Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer. Together, the Claremont Colleges are situated on 546 acres of land, and their 8,500 students enjoy 7 campuses that are all within a mile walk of each other.
At Pomona, 94 percent of students live in one of 16 residence halls all four years. 25 percent of students at Pomona compete on varsity teams alongside Pitzer varsity athletes in the NCAA Division III. The 21 varsity teams of Sagehens (students from Pomona and Pitzer) compete against Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps, but students on club teams play together with members of all the 5Cs. In addition to varsity and club teams, Pomona offers intramural sports and outings through their Outdoor Education Center. Students looking to join a small community on campus can join one of the Claremont College’s 308 clubs and organizations. Through athletics and these extra-curricular clubs, students at Pomona meet peers that hail from all over the world. The incoming Class of 2025 boasts an especially diverse class including students from all 50 states and 58 other countries. These students enjoy campus traditions together, like “fountaining,” “Nochella,”and departing on school-sponsored trips to explore the 47 must-sees in the area.
Pomona College offers 600 courses every year across 48 majors and 41 minors, but across Claremont College there are more than 2,700 courses available for students at Pomona. Students interested in pre-med, pre-law, or pre-engineering can’t pursue a specific program at Pomona, but they can take advantage of Pomona’s selected coursework, advising, and application guidance. Pre-engineering students can also take advantage of Pomona’s 3-2 plan with the California Institute of Technology and Washington University or the dual-degree program in conjunction with Dartmouth College. Students who stay on Pomona’s campus enjoy the 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 15.
Pomona offers applicants three rounds of admissions: Early Decision I (due November 1st), Early Decision II (due January 1st), and Regular Decision (due January 1st). Both Early Decision rounds are binding, meaning once admitted, applicants must withdraw all other applications. In the case of Early Decision II, applicants will hear back from Pomona around mid-February, at which point, if admitted, they must withdraw from their Regular Decision schools. The Regular round, on the other hand, is non-restrictive and non-binding, meaning students can apply to as many additional schools as they’d like. Due to accessibility concerns during the pandemic, Pomona has extended its test-optional policy for students applying for first-year and transfer admission for entry in 2022-2024. Although the SAT or ACT is no longer required, students may still choose to self-report their scores. Indeed, of the admitted students this year, over half (57 percent) submitted a standardized test score. Students can also schedule an off-campus alumni interview beginning in September until December 1st. Pomona states that they do not track “demonstrated interest” through scheduled interviews, but interviewers still submit a statement as part of a student’s application.
Pomona College Admissions Wrap Up
Pomona has not released a break-down of admissions rates for its three rounds of admissions or an overall acceptance rate, but it did announce that 745 students were accepted to the Class of 2025. As is the case at other Early Decision schools, it’s likely that applying Early Decision increases an applicant’s odds. One reason for the lower acceptance rate this year was the fact that 83 students who were admitted to Pomona in a previous year deferred their enrollment, taking up spots in the class of 2025. The admitted students this year are incredibly diverse: 54.8 percent domestic students of color, 17.2 percent Latina/o, 16 percent Asian American, 11.8 percent Black, 8.9 percent multiracial, and 0.9 percent Native American. In addition, 18.5 percent of admitted students are first-generation college students. Pomona also admitted 23 transfer students this year, 15 of whom are transferring from a community college, and 13 of whom are first-generation students. Of the students admitted this year, 91 percent are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
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