Students studying outside the United States may apply to Pomona using the same forms as domestic first-year students. The application deadlines for international students are also the same as those for other first-year students if filed electronically. If filing by mail, however, international students should submit all application materials early enough to accommodate sometimes-slow global mail service.
The College welcomes cultural and linguistic diversity, but has no English as a Second Language or other remedial programs for foreign students. An information guide and preliminary application are sent to international students who are currently attending an American high school or college.
Candidates for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of fluency in English in addition to completing all regular admissions requirements. Where a candidate’s fluency in English may be questioned, she or he is advised to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to SAT-I and SAT-II results (where available).
Financial aid is provided to only a few new international students who are foreign citizens each year. International students who need financial aid may not apply under the Early Decision Plans.
Click here for the Guide for International Applicants [pdf] , which is available for downloading and printing. We also encourage you to check out the following links before applying to Pomona College:
FAQs for International Students
The Admissions Committee is seeking applicants who bring energy and focus to their academic work and who, consequently, have performed well in their courses. We refer you to the Guide for International Applicants [pdf] for more information about our admissions process and financial aid. The following are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Who May Apply?
Due to the constraints of international mail, only students who are enrolled at college or universities in the U.S. may apply as a transfer.
Note: If you are currently enrolled full time at a postsecondary institution, you must apply as a transfer applicant.
Students must spend a minimum of four semesters in full-time standing at the College.
Pomona's general education program is unique and somewhat complex. Please read the section on General Education in the Course Catalog for more information on graduation requirements. Applicants may wish to consult with our admissions deans to understand the requirements in more detail.
Students select a concentration by the end of the sophomore year, choosing from 47 majors offered or by designing their own special concentration.
Admissions & Financial Aid
The Admissions Committee requires applicants to submit results from the SAT-I or ACT and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your native language.
Pomona College provides financial aid for qualifying international students each year. All financial aid awarded is based on financial need; there are no "merit" scholarships available.
International transfer students are ineligible for any form of financial assistance.
Experiencing the Pomona community in person is the best way to become informed about the College. As your college search continues, we invite you to visit the campus. Interviews and tours are conducted daily, and professors welcome guests into their classes. Call our office to confirm dates and times. And, as always, feel welcome to call on us should questions arise. We look forward to becoming better acquainted!