Pomona College

Claremont, California

#20 National Colleges

7.4% Admission Rate
Most Selective

1,610 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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Pomona College ( (listen) pə-MOH-nə) is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California. It was established in 1887 by a group of Congregationalists who wanted to recreate a "college of the New England type" in Southern California, and in 1925 it became the founding member of the Claremont Colleges consortium of adjacent, affiliated institutions.

Pomona is a four-year undergraduate institution and enrolled approximately 1,700 students as of the fall 2021 semester. It offers 48 majors in liberal arts disciplines and roughly 650 courses, as well as access to more than 2,000 additional courses at the other Claremont Colleges. Its 140-acre (57 ha) campus is in a residential community 35 miles (56 km) east of downtown Los Angeles near the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Pomona has the lowest acceptance rate of any U.S. liberal arts college as of 2021, and is considered the most prestigious liberal arts college in the American West and one of the most prestigious in the country. It has a $3.03 billion endowment as of June 2021, making it the seventh-wealthiest college or university in the U.S. on a per student basis. Nearly all students live on campus, and the student body is noted for its racial, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity. The college's athletics teams, the Sagehens, compete jointly with Pitzer College in the SCIAC, a Division III conference.

Prominent alumni of Pomona include Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award winners; U.S. Senators, ambassadors, and other federal officials; Pulitzer Prize recipients; billionaire executives; a Nobel Prize laureate; National Academies members; and Olympic athletes. The college is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and recipients of other fellowships.

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Claremont, California

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Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 19.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 16.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 8.7%
Mathematics And Statistics 7.9%
Physical Sciences 7.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 5.9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5.4%
English Language And Literature/Letters 4.6%
Psychology 4.1%
Natural Resources And Conservation 3.3%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3.1%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 3.1%
History 2.8%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 2.8%
Visual And Performing Arts 2.6%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.3%
Engineering 0.3%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1480 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 790 745 700
Verbal 750 720 690

ACT Scores

34 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 35 32 29
English 36 35 34