Pomona College

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550 N. College Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

Phone: (909) 621-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Pomona College is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,607, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pomona College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 4. Its tuition and fees are $43,580 (2013-14).

Pomona College is located in Claremont, Calif., 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Pomona’s founders envisioned "a college of the New England type" when they created this school with small classes and strong student-faculty relationships. Pomona is a member of the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. On-campus housing is guaranteed if requested, and more than 97 percent of students live in the 14 residence halls, two-thirds of which contain single rooms. Pomona offers more than 200 student organizations. A well-known secret club called "Mulfi" has left cryptic notes with social commentary around campus since the 1940s. Students can also get involved with the three campus fraternities.

Pomona College has around 45 majors and offers a 8:1 student-faculty ratio. Pomona students can also take classes at the other six colleges in the Claremont Colleges consortium: Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. More than half of Pomona students study abroad through the nearly 50 programs Pomona offers in approximately 30 countries. "Ski-Beach Day" takes advantage of Pomona’s unique location: Students ski at a local resort in the morning, and spend the afternoon at a beach in Orange County. Notable alumni include former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and renowned choral conductor Robert Shaw.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Pomona offers its nearly 1,600 students-evenly divided between men and women-a comprehensive curriculum in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. With a student-faculty ratio of eight to one, students have the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with professors who are also top scholars in their fields. Students and faculty challenge each other in laboratories, classrooms, and co-curricular activities, and everyone benefits from the energy generated by such an assemblage of sharp and eager minds. Friendships forged among Pomona faculty and students frequently endure far beyond the four years of college.

Few institutions offer Pomona's ability to combine intimate qualities as an average class size of 15 with such large-scale resources as a two-million-volume library. Fewer have enrolled as talented and high achieving a student body which is as happy with their environment and choice. As the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven independent institutions on adjoining campuses, Pomona offers its students the experience of a small, academically superb liberal arts college and the breadth of academic and social resources normally associated with major universities.
Students challenge and learn from one another not only in the classroom but also in daily life. On-campus housing is guaranteed, and few students choose to live anywhere else. The extraordinary ethnic and social diversity of its student body gives Pomona a broader mix of backgrounds than just about any comparable educational institution.

Our location-within an hour of the Pacific Ocean, the Mojave Desert, the San Gabriel Mountains and the city of Los Angeles-informs and shapes daily life at the College. There aren't many places in the world where you can ski in the morning, play on the beach in the afternoon, and take in a major league baseball game or an opera at night. Beyond the recreational and cultural possibilities, our location offers unequalled opportunities for field study, community involvement and internships.

Pomona students are so varied that they resist easy categorization. They embrace new ideas, take initiative, ask questions and challenge the status quo. They are as academically capable a group as any college or university can claim, and they are interested in doing something important with their talents.
Our students share a spirit of openness and collaboration. Our students are competitive but not cutthroat - a very important distinction. They work hard, but don't compare grade point averages to peers. Maybe it's the weather or the palm trees but, we tend to think it's something more: a cooperation fostered by faculty in the lab and classroom. Professors encourage collaboration, and many students continue working together after class, forming study groups that meet in the residence halls, in lounges and computer labs and over laptops and shakes at the Coop Fountain.

Students come to Pomona from every state in the nation and from many other countries, from private and public schools, from large cities, suburbs and towns so small they don't appear on most maps. More than one-third are students of color, and a substantial portion are in the first generation of their families to attend a four-year college or university.

To maintain the remarkable strength and variety of Pomona's student body, the College's financial resources are critical. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, admission decisions are made without consideration of a student's financial circumstances. Over half of Pomona's students receive financial aid from the College to support their study, and the College meets 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every enrolled student. This practice ensures that the most capable students will always be able to enroll at Pomona regardless of their financial circumstances.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $1,679,640,000


When applying to Pomona College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 2. The application fee at Pomona College is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 13 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 13.0%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 2

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pomona College is 8:1, and the school has 72.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pomona College include: Economics, General; Mathematics, General; English Language and Literature, General; Environmental Science; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 8:1
4-year graduation rate 89%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 11%
Mathematics, General 9%
English Language and Literature, General 7%
Environmental Science 6%
Political Science and Government, General 6%

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Student Life

Pomona College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,607, with a gender distribution of 48.2 percent male students and 51.8 percent female students. At this school, 98 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 2 percent of students live off campus. Pomona College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,607
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Pomona College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Pomona College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Pomona College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pomona College, 54.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $39,415.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $43,580 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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