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333 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 621-8000


Pomona College

Pomona College

One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Located in Southern California, a region known for innovation, adventure and openness, Pomona offers a top-notch liberal arts education within a diverse, yet tight-knit, community of 1,650 students. As passionate learners, our students and faculty prize collaboration and exploration. Pomona provides the intellectual, social and financial resources to help students realize their fullest potential.

We expect students to dream big. You supply the talent, curiosity and drive. We help you channel it. The possibilities are limited only by your energy and imagination.


Throughout its history, Pomona College has educated men and women of exceptional promise. We gather students, regardless of financial circumstances, into a small residential community that is strongly rooted in Southern California yet global in its orientation. Through close ties among a diverse group of faculty, staff and classmates, Pomona students are inspired to engage in the probing inquiry and creative learning that enable them to identify and address their intellectual passions. This experience will continue to guide their contributions as the next generation of leaders, scholars, artists and citizens to fulfill the vision of its founders: to bear their added riches in trust for all.


Ski-Beach Day: Only in Southern California would it be possible to go skiing and visit the beach in the same day – so Pomona College has taken advantage of it. For one day in February or March, a busload of Pomona students heads to Mountain High resort to take on the slopes. Then in the afternoon, they board the bus and head to Newport Beach to finish the day with a cookout and boogie boards.

Student Life:

Ninety-four percent of our students live on campus all four years, and many professors live within five miles of campus. This creates a close-knit community where new collaborations or eye-opening discussions can spring up anywhere – a dorm, club meeting, or at lunch with a professor.

About 20 percent of our students play on varsity teams, with hundreds more participating in intramural and club sports.

The Claremont Colleges has more than 8,000 students you can meet through 250+ clubs and 2,000+ classes.

Nearly every day you are on campus, there is an event to attend: small department gatherings, sporting events, big concerts at Big Bridges, film screenings, lectures, trip around SoCal, discussions, art exhibits… and that’s just on the Pomona College campus.



Cecil the Sagehen
From 1914 thru 1917, the nickname "Hun" and "Sagehen" were used arbitrarily. Beginning in 1918 and continuing to the present, the Sagehen became the only symbol of Pomona and later Pomona-Claremont, and Pomona-Pitzer athletics. What is a Sagehen, and how did it become our mascot? The first question is far easier to answer than the second one. The Sage Grouse, and more specifically, the Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a large ground-dwelling bird that can reach up to 30 inches in length and two feet in height. It is distinguished by its long pointed tail. The Greater Sage Grouse is an omnivore and eats mainly insects and sagebrush, hence its name. It is unique for its fierce loyalty to a specific area, and thus its livelihood can be completely reliant on the existence of sagebrush. 

There are several stories regarding the origin of our beloved Cecil the Sagehen. The most prevalent is that a reporter while intending to refer to the Pomona athletic teams as sage (meaning wise) Huns, accidentally typed hens. While this story is frequently retold, this seems both unlikely and highly coincidental. Considering the relative distance from the "u" and the "e", and taking into consideration editorial supervision as well as the actual existence of Sage Hens in the southern California, this seems to be no more than a myth. However Pomona College came to be known as the Sagehens, it seems especially fitting considering the bird's origins and originality.

Pomona College today:

Pomona offers a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.


There are approximately 1,600 students, almost evenly divided between men and women.

Famous graduates:

Roy Edward Disney (born January 10, 1930) was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded. At the time of his death he was a shareholder (more than 16 million shares or about 1%), and served as a consultant for the company and Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors. He is perhaps best known for organizing the ousting of two top Disney executives: first, Ron Miller in 1984, and then Michael Eisner in 2005.

Bill Keller (born January 18, 1949) is an American journalist. Keller worked in the Times Moscow bureau from 1986 to 1991, eventually as bureau chief, spanning the final years of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. For his reporting during 1988 he won a Pulitzer Prize. He is a writer for The New York Times, where he was executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. He announced on June 2, 2011, that he would step down from the position to become a full-time writer.

Interesting facts about Pomona College:

52 percent of students conduct research with faculty, with more than 200 students participating in research each summer.

Approximately 50 percent of Pomona students study abroad in 54 programs in 34 countries.