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Pomona College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Pomona College, the regular decision application deadline is January 8 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Pomona College by April 1.

Applying Early to Pomona College?

Pomona College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/8.

The early decision acceptance rate at Pomona College is 14%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Last year,, Pomona College admitted 211 of the 1496 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Pomona College

Getting into Pomona College is extremely difficult. Pomona College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Pomona College accepted 9% of all applicants., around 895 of the 10,388 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Pomona College, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Pomona College waitlisted 862 students. Of those, 505 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Pomona College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Pomona College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Pomona College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Pomona College must submit the following items. Double check with Pomona College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements supplemental forms for visual and performing arts and science research
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pomona College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 28% submitted a class rank. At Pomona College 90% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 8% were in the top 25% and 2% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Pomona College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 28%

Pomona College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 68% of Pomona College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 48% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Pomona College?

To be competitive with other Pomona College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1390 and 1530 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pomona College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1530 and 25% of scored lower than 1390, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Pomona College student is 1470.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pomona College students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pomona College students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Pomona College?

To be most competitive at Pomona College, you should strive to earn between 32 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pomona College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pomona College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

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Transferring to Pomona College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Pomona College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Pomona College during the following terms: Fall Term

Pomona College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pomona College?

Students who are admitted to Pomona College must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Pomona College accept transfer credits?

Pomona College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Pomona College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Pomona College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pomona College?

Pomona College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Pomona College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

9%

How hard is it to get into Pomona College? Pomona College is a selective institution. The Pomona College acceptance rate is 9%. This means that the institution accepts 8 out of every 100 applicants.

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Pomona College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 8

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pomona College is Jan 8.

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

Pomona College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

32 to 35

Avg

32 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1530

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Math SAT Range

700 - 790

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Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1530 and Above

Good

1390 to 1530

Avg

1390 and Less

Low

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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 1390 to 1530 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pomona College.

Pomona College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,477

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$54,774

Out-of-State

$54,774

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 8
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