Pomona College

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Pomona College is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California. It was founded in 1887. Its founders envisioned it as a place where students living in the Western United States could obtain the type of education available at private Northeastern schools. Pomona College offers small class sizes and sponsors prestigious academic programs.

There are 45 undergraduate programs available at Pomona College. The school does not offer graduate degree programs. As a result, Pomona College does not divert student education resources to support research or graduate schools.

Tuition rates are high at this institution, but financial aid is available to qualifying students. Students wanting to avoid student loan debt often chose Pomona since needs-based scholarships are used in lieu of loans.

Pomona College is located near the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles. It’s also nearby beautiful deserts and wilderness areas. If you want a high-quality education and are drawn to the glitz of Hollywood or the beauty of the Pacific Coast, Pomona College might be the right fit for you.

General Information

Admission Office
333 North College Way
Claremont, CA 91711-6312
(909) 621-8134
Fax: (909) 621-8952
[email protected]
Contact: Bruce Poch
Vice President and Dean of Admissions
Main Address
550 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-8000
Total undergrads: 1,532
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 382
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,516

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $33,932 $35,625 $37,017 $38,394 +3.72%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,748 $12,220 $12,651 $13,096 +3.52%
Other $1,000 $1,000 $1,100 $1,100 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $47,580 $49,745 $51,668 $53,490 +3.53%
In-state Off Campus $34,832 $36,525 $37,917 $39,294 +3.63%
In-state with Family $34,832 $36,525 $37,917 $39,294 +3.63%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 236 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 193 51% $6,345,164 $32,876
• Federal grants 76 20% $245,578 $3,231
• Pell grants 53 14% $211,078 $3,983
• Other federal grants 23 6% $34,500 $1,500
State/local government grant or scholarships 15 4% $136,263 $9,084
Institutional grants or scholarships 192 50% $5,963,323 $31,059
Student loan aid 17 4% $40,174 $2,363
• Federal student loans 9 2% $23,475 $2,608
• Other student loans 8 2% $16,699 $2,087

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 387
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 17
African-american/black Studies 5
American/united States Studies/civilization 1
Asian Studies/civilization 5
Asian-american Studies
German Studies
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 3
Latin American Studies 2
Russian Studies
Women’s Studies 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 61
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 18
Molecular Biology 10
Neuroscience 33
Communication and Journalism Programs 13
Mass Communication/media Studies 13
Computing and Information Sciences 6
Computer Science 6
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 27
English Language and Literature 27
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 13
Chinese Language and Literature 1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
French Language and Literature 5
German Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature 1
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 2
History 11
History 11
Human Services 9
Public Policy Analysis 9
Mathematics and Statistics 28
Mathematics 28
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 9
Science, Technology and Society
Natural Resources and Conservation 22
Environmental Science 22
Physical Sciences 25
Chemistry 18
Geology and Earth Science 4
Physics 3
Psychology 22
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 3
Psychology 19
Social Sciences 104
Anthropology 6
Economics 47
International Relations and Affairs 11
Political Science and Government 29
Sociology 11
Visual and Performing Arts 20
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3
Dance 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 2
Fine/studio Arts 9
Music 4
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $65
Online application fee: $65
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 16%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
Completion of college-prep program: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 7,207
Percent Admitted: 14%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 39%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 680 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 770 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 680 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Asian American Studies B
Asian Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Chinese B
Classics B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

History – General B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science B
Global Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Neuroscience B
Science, Technology & Society B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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