Pomona College

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School Overview

Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California. The school started in 1887 to allow students in the Western United States the chance to get the same education as those at private Northeastern schools. The school currently offers the following:

  • Small class sizes: The student-to-faculty ratio is currently 8:1
  • Large class selection: More than 600 courses are offered each year
  • Variety of majors: 48 majors are now offered to students
  • Strong diversity: Pomona College currently enrolls students from 63 countries and 49 states

Pomona College does not offer graduate degree programs. As a result, the school is more focused on teaching than on research.

Tuition rates are high, but several financial aid programs are available. According to the school’s website, 67% of students receive some form of financial aid. Of these students, 57% receive need-based aid and only 33% of students get loans to pay for their college experience. Applying for aid is simple through the school’s website.

The Pomona College campus is near Los Angeles. It’s close to beaches, deserts, and wilderness areas. If you want a high-quality education and love the outdoors as well as Hollywood and the ocean, 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

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:

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.

Pomona College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (909) 621-8131
Website: www.pomona.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/apply
Address: 550 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711-6319
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,637
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 93%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,637 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $54,762
Out-of-state Tuition: $54,762
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 61%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $53,449

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Pomona College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pomona College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 4
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 6
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 52

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pomona College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $54,762
Out-of-state $54,762
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 252 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 211 51% $53,449
Student loan aid 83 20% $6,834

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 995 63% $51,468
Federal student loans 198 13% $5,151

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pomona College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pomona College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,401 4,067 6,334
Percent admitted 100% 9% 6%
Percent admitted who enrolled 4% 5% 4%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pomona College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,637
Undergraduate enrollment 1,637
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pomona College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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