Pomona CollegePomona College is often named as one of the top five liberal arts schools in the country. The 140-acre campus is short car rides from the mountains, the beach, and the desert. Pomona College has just over 1,700 undergraduates, but the school is part of the Claremont Colleges consortium. Students have a chance to take classes at these other schools, and they often participate in social activities affiliated with them too.

Pomona College has grown to include 45 majors. The most popular programs of study include economics, mathematics, English language and literature, environmental science, and political science and government. Through the Claremont Colleges, individuals can choose from over 2,200 courses every year. (More than 80 percent of Pomona College students take at least one course from another school.) Although there is some flexibility to select their classes, students are required to take one class in each of the following subjects: Creative Expression; Social Institutions and Human Behavior; History, Values, Ethics and Cultural Studies; Physical and Biological Sciences; and Mathematical Reasoning. Class sizes remain small, with a student to faculty ratio of eight to one. About 70 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students.

Pomona College admissionThere are many extracurricular activities to take part in on the Pomona campus. There are more than 200 student organizations and dozens more through the other schools. There are several newspapers, a central government, and an environmental group that is very popular. Additionally, students can participate in On the Loose (OTL), an outdoors club where students can go on camping adventures. Approximately half also choose to take part in the study abroad program. Pomona offers more than 49 programs in over 32 countries around the world. Pomona College also has a small athletic program in partnership with Pitzer College. About 20 percent of Pomona College students participate in a varsity sport and they compete with 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams in the NCAA’s Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Applicants interested in a liberal arts education will find that Pomona College has much to offer. Because students are permitted to take courses at any of the five Claremont Colleges, educational pursuits are plentiful. Pomona has also consistently been named one of the happiest colleges in the US. Individuals looking for a small, close community will fall in love with the spirit of the Claremont Colleges. They’ll also appreciate the proximity to LA and the closeness to the beach and mountains. Intimate class settings and a wide array of extracurricular activities only add to what Pomona College can bring to the undergraduate experience.


Acceptance Rate

Pomona acceptance rate

Class Standing

Pomona top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Pomona College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Pomona ACT score

Application Deadlines

Early decision (Round 1): Nov. 1

Early decision (Round 2): Jan. 1

Regular decision: Jan. 1

Transfer decision: Feb. 1

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 10,401
Enrolled: 416
Yield: 54.0%
Acceptance rate: 7.4%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 1,384
ED applicants admitted: 213
ED acceptance rate: 15.4%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 566
Admitted off the waitlist: 47
Waitlist acceptance rate: 8.3%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 460
Admitted transfer applicants: 31
Transfer acceptance rate: 6.7%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 93%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1410-1530
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 690-750
SAT Math: 700-790

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 32-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 29-35

Standardized Test Requirements

Pomona College does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Pomona does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Pomona does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Pomona graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Pomona College score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 89.2%
5 years: 92.9%
6 years: 93.5%

Loan default rate: 0.0%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 12

Salary after attending: $58,100

R&D Expenditures: $3.21 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 5
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 8
Car thefts: 1

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Pomona College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Pomona student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $72,200

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $77,749

Net Cost
Average: $18,500

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $6,945
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,655
$48,001 to $75,000: $11,811
$75,001 to $110,000: $16,877
$110,001 and more: $48,423

Graduates with student debt: 25%

Average student debt at graduation: $18,829

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Pomona undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Pomona College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1

Women: 52%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 70%
20 to 39: 28%
40 to 99: 2%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,717 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 26%
Out of State: 74%
International: 0%

Note: We believe the 0% international reported by Pomona is an unintentional error. We believe the real split is more like 26% in state, 54% out of state, and 20% international.

Pomona College student population

Pomona College seal

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This page was last updated in November 2020.