2018-19 Pomona College Catalog 
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Admissions - Application Instructions for Transfer Candidates

Application Instructions for Transfer Candidates

Transfer candidates will be considered for fall entrance only. Applications and all supporting materials must be on file by March 15.

Pomona College uses the Common Application for transfer students. Other required documents may be sent electronically through the Common Application system, or may be mailed to the Office of Admissions. (College entrance examination results, i.e., SAT Reasoning Test and ACT, must be sent directly to Pomona College from the testing agency.)

Transfer applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision by mid-May.

The required credentials are:

  1. Application. A $70 non-refundable fee, which covers a small portion of the cost of processing applications.
  2. Secondary School Final Report. A confidential report by the secondary school principal or counselor is required. This form may be waived for candidates who, at the time they apply, have completed at least two full years of college work or who have been out of high school for more than two years. All candidates who are unable to receive the report by their secondary school must contact the Office of Admissions.
  3. Registrar’s Report. This report is required from a member of the Dean of Students Office or, at community colleges, a member of the counseling staff who has access to the student’s complete college record. If the candidate has attended more than one college, a copy of this form should be submitted by an administrator from the college attended most recently. If the candidate is not currently enrolled in a college, a letter from his or her employer (if working) or superior in command (if in the military) must be filed in addition to the recommendation from the college.
  4. College Faculty Recommendations. Two evaluations of the candidate’s academic potential by college instructors.
  5. Transcripts.
    1. A complete transcript of the secondary school record showing the date of graduation and providing an interpretation of the grading system.
    2. An official transcript from each college or university attended, including a statement of good standing or honorable dismissal. Failure to list and provide transcripts for all colleges attended will be considered sufficient grounds for requiring withdrawal from Pomona College.
  6. Standardized Test Results. Official test score reports for either the SAT Reasoning Test administered by the College Board or the ACT administered by ACT, Inc., are required for all transfer candidates. (See below for further information.)

Also suggested:

  1. Interviews. Interviews are very strongly recommended. An interview is an exchange of questions and information between the student and an admissions staff member. An interview gives the candidate an opportunity to learn how Pomona suits his or her interests. Notes of the interview are added to the student’s folder when he or she applies. Students residing or attending a college or university in Southern California are expected to interview on campus.
  2. Documentation of Special Talents. The Admissions Committee strongly encourages students to submit evidence of their special talents. Recordings of musical composition or performance, video or résumés of theatre or dance background, and slides or photographs of artwork may be included with the application to be reviewed by faculty. Please follow the instructions in the Common Application.