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About Pomona College

Pomona College has everything you might expect from one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges: exceptional faculty, an intimate learning environment and a broad-based curriculum. As the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, students are part of a 6,000-student environment and can take classes at any of The Claremont Colleges. While it’s difficult to generalize about Pomona students, there are a few traits we can safely say are typical. Pomona students embrace new ideas, take initiative, ask questions and challenge the status quo. They also share a spirit of openness and collaboration. They are academically talented, and they want to do something important with their talents. It’s also safe to say that, among them, you're sure to find some of the most interesting and inspiring people you'll ever encounter in your life. And it’s OK if you don't know how to surf—the ocean is nearly an hour away.

Pomona College is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Claremont, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1887, the institution currently enrolls around 1,477 students a year, including 1,477 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $2,167,019,386.

2021 Admissions Facts About Pomona College

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mean ACT score: 34

Mean SAT score: 1470

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Pomona College is January 8

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.

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What's the acceptance rate at Pomona College in 2021?

Admission to Pomona College is extremely difficult. The acceptance rate at Pomona College is 9 percent. Last year, 10,388 students applied to Pomona College and 895 were admitted.

Admitted students have a mean score of 1470 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 34.

In 2021, 862 applicants were waitlisted and 150 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Pomona College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 450 students who started at Pomona College as first-time freshman, 399 graduate within four years.

Around 94 percent of students who started at Pomona College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $17,819 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pomona College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Pomona College a good school for YOU?

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Pomona College's application deadline is January 1. All applicants will be notified by April 1.

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College Info

Pomona College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pomona College is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pomona College is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Pomona College ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pomona College is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Pomona College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 32 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pomona College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1530


Math SAT Range

700 - 790


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above


1410 to 1530


1410 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pomona College students is 1470. Applicants with SAT scores of 1530 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pomona College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pomona College.

Pomona College Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pomona College is like? There are approximately 1,717 students enrolled at Pomona College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time.


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