Pomona College will release its admissions decisions for the class of 2025 today starting at 5 pm PST. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students were offered a test-optional admissions policy. Nevertheless, 57% of the 748 students admitted to the class of 2025 elected to submit an ACT or SAT test score. In addition, eighty-three students admitted to the incoming class were offered admission in a previous year, but deferred enrollment until this admissions cycle, a figure ten times higher than last year’s.
As in prior years, Pomona has admitted a diverse pool of students. According to the college’s official announcement, the class consists of “54.8% domestic students of color—17.3% identified as Latina/o, 16% as Asian American, 11.8% as Black, 8.8% as multiracial and 0.9% as Native American—while 26.3% are white, 15.8% are international and 3.1% declined to state. Of the Native American students, two are American Indian/Native Alaskan and five are Native Hawaiian. Also, 26 students note Native heritage as part of a multiracial identity.”
The class is diverse in other areas as well. Per Pomona’s statement, “[t]he admitted students are 57% female and 43% percent male.” The percentage of admitted female students rose by 5% between the 2024 and 2025 admissions cycles, with the number of admitted male students correspondingly reduced.
Three of the admitted students are veterans of the Armed Forces. In addition, “[f]irst-generation college students—meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree—make up 18.5% of those admitted to the Class of 2025.”
Admitted students hail from all 50 states and 58 countries, as well as Guam, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to Pomona, “[t]he top U.S. states where admitted students come from are California (167), New York (46), Illinois (38), Texas (34), Washington (34), Florida (23), Colorado (18), Massachusetts (17) and Maryland (15).”
Thanks to Pomona’s test-optional policy, no data surrounding SAT or ACT scores for the class of 2025 is currently available However, Pomona stated that, of those students “who attend high schools that rank students, 91% are in the top 10% of their class.” As previously mentioned, 57% of students submitted a standardized test score in their applications.
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