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 6.
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:
- Application fee or fee waiver. There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 that covers a small portion of the costs of processing applications. However, we understand that this application fee may present a financial hardship for some applicants. If you plan to apply for financial aid, and the application fee presents a hardship for you or your family, please complete the Pomona Access Form at https://admissions.pomona.edu/register/pomona-access-pass. Upon completion of this form, the $70 application fee will be waived without requiring additional documentation.
- Application. Either the Coalition Application or Common Application for Transfer.
- 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 most recently attended.
- 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.).
- 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.
- 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, or if their current term begins after mid-February, they may request a waiver in their online applicant status page portal. This form is due March 6.
- 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 through fall 2024 entry. Under this four-year policy, applicants may choose whether or not 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.
- Interviews. Transfer applicants may request an off-campus alumni interview beginning in late August. They are offered up 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 at https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/apply/how-apply. Please be aware that we cannot always fulfill every interview request.