2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
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Application Instructions for Transfer Candidates

Transfer candidates will be considered for fall entrance only. Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by Feb.15, excepting the Mid-Year Report, which is due March 1.

Pomona College accepts the Common Application or the Coalition Application for transfer admission. Required documents may be submitted electronically or may be mailed to the Office of Admissions. Transfer applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decisions by April 1.

The required credentials are:

  1. Application. Either the Coalition Application or Common Application for Transfer.
  2. One-time, non-refundable application fee or fee waiver. A $70 non-refundable fee or fee waiver. If the application fee presents a financial hardship, please consult the “fee waiver” section of the Common Application profile. If you indicate that you satisfy one of those criteria, you will become automatically eligible for an online fee waiver for each school to which you apply. The Common Application will email your school counselor, who will be required to submit a form confirming your eligibility for a fee waiver. Pomona’s ID for the counselor’s form is 4607. Alternately, those applying through the Coalition Application may use the Coalition Fee Waiver. You may also fill out the NACAC Request for Transfer Admission Application Fee Waiver and submit it to Pomona with the subject line “Transfer fee waiver request.”
  3. College Report/Transfer Report. This form should be submitted by a current registrar or transfer adviser, 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. 
  4. Two Academic Evaluations. These evaluations of the candidate’s academic potential should be submitted by two college instructors. Applicants may submit one additional optional recommendation of any type (e.g. employer, high school teacher, volunteer coordinator, etc.).
  5. Transcripts.
    • A complete transcript of the secondary school (high school) record showing the date of graduation (if applicable) and providing an interpretation of the grading system.
    • 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. Mid-Term Report/Curriculum Report. Applicants should submit this form with mid-term grades and comments from their current term’s faculty. We will not make an admissions decision without these grades. However, if the applicant is not currently enrolled, they should contact the Admissions Office to have this requirement waived. This form is due March 1.


  1. Standardized Test Results. Results of either the SAT Reasoning (administered by the College Board) or ACT (administered by ACT, Inc.) tests are optional for applicants for fall 2021 entry. Under this one-year policy, applicants may choose to self-report test scores on their applications. If questioning whether to self-report test scores, students are encouraged to decide how best to present themselves to the Admissions Committee and whether—or not—their standardized test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential. For those who elect to self-report them, test scores will be reviewed holistically, in the context of other application materials and indicators of academic ability and promise, and an official score report will be required upon admission. If there are discrepancies between self-reported and official test scores, the offer of admission may be jeopardized. In the absence of standardized test scores, the Office of Admissions will continue to place emphasis on academic achievement, leadership and extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors.
  2. Interviews. Off-campus alumni interviews are available September to early February. We do not track demonstrated interest in the application process, so interviews are entirely optional. To schedule an alumni interview, please register online at least three weeks in advance on the Admissions section of the Pomona College website. Please be aware that our alumni network does not extend to every corner of the country or world, and we cannot always fulfill every interview request.