Pomona College is one of California’s private colleges, located in the city of Claremont. This liberal arts college was founded in 1887 and subsequently founded the Claremont College Consortium in 1925, enabling Pomona to offer a small college experience alongside the resources of a large university. The Claremont College Consortium now includes five undergraduate colleges in addition to two graduate schools, all within one square mile of each other, and all offering the chance to cross-register and even cross-major amongst the schools while also sharing resources like libraries and research facilities.
The mission of Pomona College is to educate students who show “exceptional promise.” The school is “strongly rooted in Southern California yet global in its orientation.” It is a university that focuses on diversity and engaging students through every step of their education. Ultimately, Pomona College wishes to create a new generation of “leaders, scholars, artists and citizens.”
Pomona College is a suburban school located in Claremont, spanning 140 acres. It includes a grand total of 63 buildings, 14 of which are residence halls. The Spanish Renaissance Revival and Mission Styles make up the majority of the buildings at Pomona with the campus placing significance on sustainability. As a residential campus students are required to live on campus with a few exceptions.
The liberal arts curriculum offered at Pomona College allows its students to take up to 50% of their courses at any of the other Claremont Colleges, giving students access to more than 2,200 classes every year. Students appreciate a small class size; in fact, the average is 15 students per class. Courses of study include creative expression, human behavior, history, cultural studies, physical science, math and biological science. Pomona offers 48 majors, and students are even allowed to create their own.
Pomona College teams, known as the Sagehens, participate with Pitzer College. They are part of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and are also ranked Division III by NCAA. They have a longstanding rivalry with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams as well. Team sports include cross country, soccer, water polo, swimming, baseball and tennis.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition at Pomona is very expensive. Students may apply for financial aid or third-party scholarships to help with costs. While the school promises to meet 100 percent of all fees that admitted students demonstrate need for, the school does not give merit-based or athletic scholarships. Please refer to Pomona’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
Pomona College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and College (WASC).
Admissions to Pomona College are competitive. The school accepts applications between November and January.
All applicants will be examined based on the strength of their high school programs and record of academic aptitude. Applicants must demonstrate strength in their writing abilities in their essays. They must also demonstrate originality, leadership and motivation. Students with more rigorous curriculum are given more consideration.
For more information about admissions at Pomona College, contact the school directly at:
Office of Admissions
333 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 621-8134