Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Get to know Pomona College

School Profile

Suburban campus setting

1,774 undergraduate students

413 first-year students

1,774 undergraduate students (2022-23 figures)

413 first-year students in the Class of 2026


92% in top decile of class in the Class of 2027

21% first-generation in the Class of 2027


48 majors in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts

Student-to-faculty ratio 8:1 

Average class size is 15

Introduction to Pomona College

Pomona College has everything you might expect from one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges. But before you assume it's generic, consider that it is within an hour of mountains, deserts, beaches, and the country’s second largest city. Pomona’s Los Angeles-adjacent location is as stellar a launching pad for those in the arts as those interested in tech. Whether you want to explore an internship in the entertainment industry or in medical research, you will have easy access to opportunities. Through Pomona’s PCIP program, students can also secure funding for summer internships anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. About half of Pomona's students study abroad, choosing among 63 programs in 36 countries. 

Pomona is one of the five Claremont Colleges, a consortium that enables its students to cross-register for over 2,700 classes and connect with over 6,000 peers across their campuses. The five colleges are located within a square mile, so it’s easy to walk to a class, club meeting, or dining hall on a neighboring campus. Resource centers like the QRC (Queer Resource Center), OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs), CLSA (Chicano/Latino Student Affairs), and the McAlister Center for Religious Activities serve all the Claremont Colleges and two graduate institutions, ensuring vibrant mentor programs and resources for the diverse student body. Reflecting Pomona’s commitment to access and equity, their student body encompasses 62.5% domestic students of color and 14.3% international students (from 51 countries).

So even though Pomona’s 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 definitely unique. Founded in 1887, in a state whose motto is “Eureka!”, Pomona College prides itself on being an incubator for ideas. The combination of a rigorous and interdisciplinary academic curriculum, faculty who challenge and support students in equal measure, and a talented and diverse student community leads to amazing outcomes for Pomona alumni. In fact, Pomona alumni have founded 260+ start-up companies in media and advertising, healthcare, biotech, fintech, and more, raising $20.5 billion in venture capital. And in 2020, Jennifer Doudna ’85 was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her pioneering discovery of the gene-editing tool CRISPR. “I am grateful to Pomona every day, honestly,” Doudna said, “because it was a liberal arts education that exposed me to so many ideas that I would never have come in contact with, probably, without having attended Pomona.”

Pomona offers semester exchange programs with Colby College, Smith College, Spelman College, and Swarthmore College and, through Claremont McKenna College, special semester programs in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.

Students interested in engineering can participate in 3-2 programs with Caltech and Washington University in St. Louis, or the 2-1-1 program with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and earn a B.A. and B.S. in engineering in 5 years. Learn more.

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