Pomona College

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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.

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