Pomona College

341 reviews
  1. Claremont, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  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
    A
Pomona College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
550 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
Website

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

Acceptance Rate
12%
SAT Range
1380-1540
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
Data not available

Cost

Net Price
$19,205/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,807/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,099/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,252/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,363/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,671/ year

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,638Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Curious
    36%
  • Intelligent
    36%
  • Interesting
    18%
  • Open-minded
    9%
  • Passionate
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
62%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • LAC with the resources of a mid-sized university
    45%
  • Supportive, but challenging
    36%
  • Awesome and challenging school
    18%
  • Basically paradise
    0%

After Pomona College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$52,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
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

Reviews

341 reviews
  • Excellent
    146
  • Very Good
    118
  • Average
    59
  • Poor
    15
  • Terrible
    3
Pomona College is everything I ever hoped it would be! Really! It's a fantastic liberal arts school with fantastic people. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and the classes are fantastic, but any elite school might have that. Here's what Pomona has that other schools don't:

1) The people aren't like the people who go to other elite schools. Pomona students are incredibly talented, but humble about their achievements and not incredibly competitive. They work really hard, but they also know how to relax and simply enjoy themselves.

2) Beautiful southern California lends itself to a good feeling on campus. There is a big difference between waking up most days and seeing a cold, rainy/snowy day versus a warm and sunny day with palm trees everywhere. The beautiful campus and awesome weather can't help but put a smile on your face.
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago
There's a pretty wide range in housing on Pomona's campus. As a freshman, there is basically one kind of crappy dorm and the rest are really nice with great size rooms. I actually lived in the "crappy" freshmen dorm (Mudd-Blaisdell) and loved it. For one, none of the dorms are all freshmen, only predominantly freshmen. The rooms may be small, but that just means that you're out in the hall more often, which really helped us build a better sense of community. Pomona also has a language dorm called Oldenborg where students (sophomore+) can apply to live in halls with other students who study and speak their particular language of interest. Each language hall also has a language resident who is a native speaker from abroad. This language resident plans activities for their students that teach them about their culture and help activate their language skills. There are two upperclassmen dorms that are both gorgeous and LEED platinum certified. All in all Pomona's housing is pretty good!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 14 2013
Spanish Major – I am a freshman, so I do not know much about the Spanish program. However, I know that all of our language professors are of course native speakers, and in order to major in any language, it is required to travel a semester abroad in a country that speaks that language and live a year in Oldenborg, our Center for Modern Languages and International Relations. Oldenborg is a GREAT resource for any language student or student simply wishing to practice a language. The six languages taught at Pomona College (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and Arabic (taught at another one of the Claremont Colleges) all have sections of Oldenborg for students to live in. In the dining hall, we have tables at which people speak foreign languages (full list can be seen here: http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/language-programming/tables/), and we have six foreign language residents (one for each language offered at Pomona) who live in Oldenborg and stay for two years and are from a country that speaks that foreign language. They are required to teach an intermediate and advanced conversation class (capped at fifteen students) in their native language. These language residents are also required to take three classes a semester and are relatively young (early twenties) and are a great resource!
  • College Junior
  • Aug 6 2012