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Overall Score: 84.71

Pomona College

Claremont, CA http://www.pomona.edu/
Pomona College is one of a select group 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: nine out of 10 students earn a degree on time. Pomona College doesn't currently require applicants to submit standardized test scores to apply, but those who do tend to score in the 700s on both parts of the SAT. With around 1,600 undergraduates, the liberal arts college 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$77,200
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$32,100
Average price for low-income students
$8,630

Admissions

Acceptance rate
7%
Median SAT/ACT score
1470/29
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
1,610

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
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$12,000
Early career earnings
$69,150
% earning more than a high school grad
69%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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