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Pomona College

Claremont, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate7%
Acceptance Rate7%

Pomona College Admissions

If you are applying to Pomona College, the regular decision application deadline is January 8 and the application fee is $70.

Students who apply to Pomona College for fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Pomona College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Pomona College's admissions stats.

Pomona College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 93%
Mean SAT Score 1470
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
Waitlist Yes

Pomona College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Pomona College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II Yes January 8 February 15
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Pomona College?

Pomona College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Pomona College directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 8. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Pomona College is 13%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 7%. In 2022, Pomona College admitted 205 of the 1606 students who applied early decision.

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

More on Pomona College Admissions

Transferring to Pomona College

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Pomona College

In 2022, Pomona College waitlisted 840 students and 570 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 27 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 decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Pomona College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Pomona College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Pomona College for more information on admission factors.

Pomona College Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements supplemental forms for visual and performing arts and science research
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pomona College?

Pomona College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Pomona College 93% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 7% were in the top 25%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Pomona College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Pomona College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Pomona College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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 2022, 37% of Pomona College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Pomona College?

To be competitive with other Pomona College applicants, you should aim to score between 1480 and 1550 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pomona College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1550 and 25% of scored lower than 1480, 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 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 730 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pomona College students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 730 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Pomona College?

To be most competitive at Pomona College, you should strive to earn between 33 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 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pomona College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Pomona College.

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) credits and 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.

What is Pomona College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Pomona College is 7%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pomona College?

✅ Pomona College's early decision acceptance rate was 13% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Pomona College? Pomona College is a selective institution. The Pomona College acceptance rate is 7%. This means that the institution accepts 6 out of every 100 applicants.


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


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 and Less


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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 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pomona College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1550


Math SAT Range

740 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1550 and Above


1480 to 1550


1480 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pomona College students is 1470. Applicants with SAT scores of 1550 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pomona College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1480 to 1550 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1480 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pomona College.

Pomona College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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