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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
330 N College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
From Pomona College

Pomona College has everything you might expect from one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges. But before you assume we're generic, consider that we are within an hour of mountains, deserts, beaches and the country’s second largest city. Our Los Angeles-adjacent location is as stellar a launching pad for those in the arts as those interested in tech. Pomona is also one of the 5 Claremont Colleges, a consortium enabling its students to cross-register for 2,700 classes and mingle with over 6,000 peers across our campuses. So even though our small classes (averaging 15), strength across the curriculum (with 48 majors) and tight-knit residential life (4 years guaranteed housing) might seem common, Pomona College is unique. Founded in 1887, in a state whose motto is “Eureka!”, we pride ourselves on being an incubator for ideas. Our diverse student body reflects our commitment to access and equity, with 42% domestic students of color and 11% international students (from 59 countries).

Pomona College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
8%
SAT Range
1400-1540
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,988/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$52,716/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
66%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Philosophy, Politics & Economics Major at Pomona

The interdisciplinary major PPE originated in the 1920s at Oxford. In Pomona’s structured yet flexible program, students take four classes from each discipline before choosing an area of focus. PPE majors will take classes from any of the 35+ faculty in these departments and will leave Pomona with a variety of career options, including but not limited to law, business, and public service.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,578Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Curious
    39%
  • Intelligent
    28%
  • Interesting
    17%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Open-minded
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
64%
of students say they don't have Greek life.33 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • LAC with the resources of a mid-sized university
    33%
  • Supportive, but challenging
    28%
  • Awesome and challenging school
    22%
  • Basically paradise
    6%
  • High schoolish
    6%
  • Home away from home
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $58,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    94%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    90%
    National
    83%
    82%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.11 responses
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    Pomona College Reviews

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    Pomona students are so accomplished, but they are always so willing to help. The professors also really go out of their way to ensure that students feel supported. Graduate schools really know Pomona and the seniors are doing so many great things. The best part is that these seniors keep first years in the loop and are willing to share so much about their work. The atmosphere is intense in terms of academics, but the competition is against yourself!
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    I'm only a sophomore, but I've gotten involved with research for all four semesters, received internship funding, had expenses for two conferences paid for, was actively involved in an award winning Mock Trial without any experience, and learned how to play the violin through free private music lessons. I've also been able to go to Los Angeles often for endless entertainment, natural beauty, and incredible eats. This place may be tiny, but it is bustling with opportunity. The academic experience is robust, with professors who love to teach and peers who love to learn. The Claremont Colleges add so much depth, and each is distinctive enough to venture out to and seek out new perspective. I had my choice of attending a world-renowned university over here, but I could see the difference in how the undergraduates were valued. The only thing I wish were different was the lack of name brand- Pomona is so unknown by most! Still, if you are willing to work hard, you can go anywhere from here.
    I had a great time at Pomona. The class sizes were small so I was able to build close relationships with my professors. Professors were generally available and happy to talk to students during office hours about the lectures as well as life in general. I also loved being surrounded by brilliant peers who inspired and pushed me during my time at Pomona. Since the school is so small, I interacted with people from all backgrounds and majors, so I was able to learn a lot from those around me. The student body is pretty active and continually demands the administration to be better at addressing students' needs and issues of equality. I recognize that the school is not perfect, but change is always happening and I am hopeful about where it's heading.