Pomona College

333 N. College Way, Claremont, California 91711
Claremont, California 91711
(909) 621-8134
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Pomona College was founded in 1887 with the goal of creating a West coast college similar to those in New England. Instruction first took place in a rented house and an unfinished hotel, though Pomona soon expanded into its own buildings. Pomona grew to include multiple disciplines and degree options. Today, Pomona serves approximately 1,500 students with a curriculum consisting of the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The student-to-teacher ratio is low, and classes are small. Pomona is dedicated to diversity and accepts students regardless of financial need. In 2010, Pomona College was ranked No. 1 in Kiplinger‘s Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 1 for best classroom experience in The Princeton Review.

Programs Offered

Pomona College believes in providing its students with a well-rounded, holistic curriculum with a strong foundation in arts, humanities, and sciences. There are a wide range of departments within these fields available to students. These include, but are not limited to, biology, chemistry, dance, English, history, philosophy, neuroscience, and public policy. Pomona also offers interdisciplinary programs, which give students the opportunity to combine areas of interest to earn a degree that will fit their future career needs. In addition to academic programs, there are a wide variety of clubs and organizations, athletics, events, and other recreational programs in which students can enroll.


Pomona College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1949.


The deadline for first-year admission takes places once a year, though students have the option of applying for early decision prior to that deadline. Students interested in Pomona must apply using the Common Application and accompany it with Pomona’s supplemental application. The application fee is $65. Prospective students must also submit official transcripts and have their high school counselors fill out a school report. Candidates must provide two teacher evaluations and entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT), and are encouraged to submit information about their extracurricular activities as well. Pomona also strongly recommends that all candidates attend an interview. Pomona College does not specify GPA or test score requirements on their website, however, higher scores typically benefit applicants. Pomona College evaluates the application holistically.


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