Pomona College

Pomona College

Pomona College is a private, co-educational, liberal arts college in Claremont, California. A group of Congregationalists established the college in 1887. The college, which is situated on over 140 acres, offers programs at the undergraduate degree level in science and humanities. The academic divisions of the college are as follows:

  • Humanities/Fine Arts Division
  • Natural Sciences Division
  • Social Sciences Division

Pomona College collaborates with the Pitzer College to participate in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NCAA's Division III athletics. Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, and water polo are some of the sports in which students participate. The nickname of the athletics teams is the Sagehens. The students can also choose from over ten clubs and organizations including three fraternities, Nu Alpha Phi (co-ed), Kappa Delta (all men), and Sigma Tau (all men). Some of the student organization are the Debate Union, the Korean American Students Association, Model UN, and On the Loose (OTL) Outdoors Club.

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Pomona College
550 N College Ave Alexander Hall
Claremont , CA 91711-6319
General Phone: (909) 621-8131

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Pomona College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts178American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, German studies, African-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, Chinese language, ...
Science59biology, molecular biology, science and society, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling36psychology, cognitive psychology
Media19mass communication
Conservation and Resource Management13environmental science
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, religion
Fine Arts9fine arts, art history and criticism
Family and Social Work8public policy analysis
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Drama and Performing Arts1dance, drama

Number of programs and degrees for Pomona College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree38545

Pomona College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Pomona College had a total enrollment of 1,547 students (1,537 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 8%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 14%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 45%
22-24 4%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York7%
(International Students)7%
New Jersey3%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%
New Mexico1%

Pomona College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

Pomona College Room and Board (2007)

Pomona College offers campus housing for 1,400 of its 1,537 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Claremont, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 16 meals per week.

Pomona College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal700780
SAT Math690780
SAT Writing680770
ACT Verbal3135
ACT Math2834
ACT Composite3034

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Pomona College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 35,625
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 35,625
Room and board $ 12,220
Room charge $ 7,270
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,950
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Pomona College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 117300)

Pomona College Faculty

Pomona College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3122
Non-tenured and not on tenure track13

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year47$138,17926$132,023
Associate professoracademic year21$95,30026$98,042
Assistant professoracademic year31$78,23522$73,432
No academic rankacademic year11$62,85515$55,047
All faculty totalacademic year110$105,56789$94,639

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Pomona College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Track Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference

Pomona College Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
German Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Psychology, General

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