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Pomona College

Pomona College is one of a handful of schools that promise to meet the full demonstrated need of admitted students without loans, allowing the majority of students to graduate without student debt. The school also boasts an exceptional graduation rate: 94% of students earn a degree on time. A typical student at the elite liberal arts college scores in the 700s on both parts of the SAT. With around 1,600 undergraduates, Pomona is comparatively small, so students can expect to develop close relationships with their professors, both in and out of class. More than half of students participate in faculty-led research projects. And the small size doesn't mean students sacrifice options; they can take any class offered by the other members of the Claremont Colleges consortium -- Claremont-McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps. The schools also combine to offer many Division III sports and extracurricular activities. The college offers a wide array of extracurricular activities and organizations. One popular club: On the Loose, or OTL, an outdoor activities club for all five of the Claremont schools. It coordinates more than 50 trips throughout California and the Southwest every year, where students hike, surf, rock climb and more.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Pomona College will offer a fully virtual fall semester.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,600
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,700
Average price for low-income students
$5,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
8%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1470/33
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,550
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$5,000
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$10,040
Average salary within 5 years
$56,600
% earning more than $28,000
82%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Pomona College will offer a fully virtual fall semester.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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