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Claremont, California

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Chances of getting into Pomona College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Pomona College
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme
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How hard is it to get into Pomona and can I get accepted? The school has a 7% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 770 out of 10,401 applicants were admitted making Pomona 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 4 percent. Pomona College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. 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 quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Pomona College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pomona SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Pomona College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1390
SAT Scores for Pomona College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1540
Average SAT Score 1470

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Pomona College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 5 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1390 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 1310. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1470 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pomona College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1540 and Above Good >11%
1465 to 1540 Avg + 7%-11%
1390 to 1465 Avg - 4%-7%
1315 to 1390 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 1315 Low <3%
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Pomona ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Pomona College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Pomona College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Pomona regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pomona College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pomona College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >13%
33 to 35 Avg + 7%-13%
32 to 33 Avg - 5%-7%
31 to 32 Reach 4%-5%
Less than 31 Low <4%
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Pomona GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Pomona College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Pomona. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Pomona College was 3.89 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in California for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Pomona extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.89 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.89 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.89 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Pomona College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,334 4,067 10,401
Accepted 388 382 770
Acceptance Rate 6% 9% 7%
Enrolled 228 188 416
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 59% 49% 54%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Dec 15, 2021
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 81 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Dec 15, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Pomona College is $70.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pomona College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Pomona College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not 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.


Does Pomona College prefer SAT or ACT?

62% of students submit their SAT scores to Pomona. 57% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Pomona College?

7% of those who apply are granted admission to Pomona. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Pomona College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1390 and 1540. 62% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Pomona College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. 57% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.