2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog 
    Jul 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Pomona College Catalog


Early Decision

When Pomona College is the clear first choice, students are encouraged to apply under one of the Early Decision options. This may allow them to resolve their college choice earlier in the senior year. The deadline for applying through Early Decision I is Nov. 15, and candidates are notified of their admission decisions by mid-December. The deadline for Early Decision II applications is January 8; candidates are notified of their decisions by mid-February.

Students who apply to Pomona under an Early Decision option may simultaneously apply to other colleges through non-binding, unrestricted admission plans (including Early Action) but may not also apply for Early Decision at other colleges. As a “binding” decision between the College and the candidate, applicants admitted to Pomona under Early Decision agree to withdraw all other applications, to initiate no new ones and to enroll at Pomona. Students who are uncertain whether Pomona is their first choice should apply under the Regular Decision plan.

An Early Decision applicant must submit all of the materials described in the section Application Instructions for First-Year Candidates, indicate Early Decision on the application form and sign the Early Decision agreement. Financial aid application instructions for Early Decision candidates can be found online under Financial Aid.

Early Decision candidates will receive one of three decisions:

  1. The candidate is admitted and is expected to enroll.
  2. The candidate is deferred. These candidates will receive their final decisions with the Regular Decision applicants pending mid-year grades, additional testing information, supplementary writing samples or other information requested by the Admissions Committee.
  3. The application is denied. In these cases, the Admissions Committee’s decision is that the student would not be admitted in the Regular Decision group and would not benefit from further review.