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Claremont, California

Pomona College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Pomona College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
8.4%
Admission Difficulty for Pomona College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Pomona College and can I get accepted? The school has a 8% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 756 out of 9,045 applicants were admitted making Pomona College an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 6 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 54% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Pomona College is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Pomona College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1420-1550
Applicants Submitting SAT
52%
SAT Scores for Pomona College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 710
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for Pomona College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1490

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Pomona College?

Pomona College typically requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1490 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pomona College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >13%
1485 to 1550 Avg + 8%-13%
1420 to 1485 Avg - 5%-8%
1355 to 1420 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1355 Low <3%
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Pomona College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
66%
ACT Scores for Pomona College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for Pomona College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Pomona College?

Admission data indicates that Pomona College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in California for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 66 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pomona College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pomona College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >13%
32 to 34 Avg + 8%-13%
30 to 32 Avg - 5%-8%
28 to 30 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 28 Low <3%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Pomona College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

92% of Pomona College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Pomona College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 92%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Pomona College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,545 3,500 9,045
Accepted 399 357 756
Acceptance Rate 7% 10% 8%
Enrolled 220 192 412
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 55% 54% 54%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pomona College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Pomona College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Pomona College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=121345 IPEDS survey data for Pomona College.