Pomona College


Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in US. As an undergraduate institution, it has an enrollment of 15,86 students currently. As a non-sectarian, coeducational school, Pomona College is a founding member of the Claremont Colleges, which has been providing its students with resources of a larger university and maintaining the closeness as a smaller community body at the same time.

Founded in 1887 by a group of Congregationalists in Pomona, California, it was moved to Claremont in 1889. The campus construction was started from an incomplete hotel, and covers about 140 acres now, with 59 buildings included. Now, the campus of Pomona College is divided by Sixth Street into North Campus and South Campus, with a number of earlier buildings remained.

Pomona College offers degrees in bachelor’s program, and has about 1,586 undergraduate students at present. As a member of the Claremont Colleges, or “5-Cs”, namely Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College and Pitzer College, Pomona allows students to attend classes at the other four colleges, and to major at the other four colleges if the major is nor available at Pomona.

The mission of Pomona College is:

Throughout its history, Pomona College has educated men and women of exceptional promise. We gather students, regardless of financial circumstances, into a small residential community that is strongly rooted in Southern California yet global in its orientation. Through close ties among a diverse group of faculty, staff and classmates, Pomona students are inspired to engage in the probing inquiry and creative learning that enable them to identify and address their intellectual passions. This experience will continue to guide their contributions as the next generation of leaders, scholars, artists and citizens to fulfill the vision of its founders: to bear their added riches in trust for all.


Pomona College has accredited by the Western Association of Schoold and Colleges (WASC) since 2002, and the recent accreditation wad completed in 2011.


Pomona College offers four programs:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts Programs
  • Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Natural Sciences Programs
  • Social Sciences Programs

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Economics
  2. Neuroscience
  3. Political Science and Government
  4. English Language and Literature
  5. Mathematics

Currently, Pomona is ranked No. 4 by U.S. News & World Report among liberal arts colleges, and ranks 9th in the most selective private universities in the States.

All the undergraduates are required to take some core coursework before graduation, including arts, mathematics, English, philosophy, computer literacy, sciences, history, social sciences, etc.


SAT or ACT score is required for application, and the application deadline is Jan 2. The application fee if USD 65, with an acceptance rate of 14.7 percent. Transfer students are also accepted, with requirement on minimum credits of 24, and a minimum college GPA of 3.0.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 39,883. On average, room and board may cost USD 13,227 or more.

100 percent of the need-based financial aid applications are met at Pomona College, with 53.6 percent of the full-time students receiving need-based financial aid. The average need-based scholarship provided is USD 35,883.

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