Established in 1887, Pomona College enjoys a reputation as one of America’s top colleges. Located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Pomona is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven independent institutions of higher learning.
Pomona provides excellence in undergraduate instruction in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This commitment to undergraduate study continues its long history as a residential liberal arts college. Pomona’s distinguished faculty, accomplished students, and extraordinary facilities ensure an educational experience second to none.
When the founders of Pomona created “a college of the New England type” in California, they not only emulated the eastern institutions they had attended, but they also built a college that would itself become a model for higher education. Since then, Pomona has balanced the liberal arts and sciences tradition that inspired it with innovation, creativity, and the American West’s ethos of reinvention and pushing boundaries.
Pomona stands with a small number of institutions willing and able to admit students based entirely on academic achievement and promise without regard to ability to pay, and then to meet the demonstrated financial need of those students with no loans. As a result, more than half of Pomona’s students receive financial aid. Because of this institutional commitment, Pomona attracts students from among the most highly qualified in the country.
Faculty members teach all Pomona courses. Those above the rank of instructor hold Ph.D. degrees, except where a doctorate is not customary. Pomona provides research, community service, and study abroad opportunities to enrich the student experience.
Through an academically challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty, extraordinary students, and intimate size, Pomona College provides an unparalleled environment for intellectual development and personal growth. The transformative power of Pomona College is life changing.