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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's southern California so weather is great. Just a bit hot during the summer.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The school has a very large endowment and makes very generous offers because they can afford it.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: They really try to give you opportunities

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2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It's just a group of people looking for an excuse to drink.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: It's great, if you have a car. Your options become limited if you are trying to go far without one.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The administration is very very lenient

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a great place to live for retirement and does not offer Big City Life even though some people would say it is in Los Angeles. It is the last eastern-most city within the boundaries of Los Angeles County and, for such a large area, means Claremont is far from LA life. As a college student, it can feel boring and slow.

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Off-Campus Housing: I believe upwards of 95% of students live on campus because on-campus housing was nice, convenient, and not more expensive than living off campus. I can't speak on off-campus housing.

Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I can't speak on the athetics because we were a Division III school and sports never were a part of my college experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Housing was fantastic. There was no way you could go wrong (except maybe freshmen double housing if you hated your roommate).

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: It's too much of a bubble on campus. There are very little options

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As an Environmental Science major, I felt I easily had abundant college resources at my disposal. More than just financial resources to fund educational projects and trips, the faculty truly try to build a relationship with their students because they cared about what we did and would do in our future endeavors.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There was so much flexibility in how I could shape my educational experience; however, the high level of rigor and academic difficulty was always expected

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: To be honest, I found Pomona College to be very progressive in its views about diversity in hindsight. The administration was extremely supportive and encouraged students to bring up concerns, hold educational awareness events, and engage in social justice oriented activities. That being said, there would be both protect that the administration was not progressive enough while simultaneously, there would be the occasional backlash against the perceived excessive political correctness of the administration. But that is the beauty of Pomona College -- students were fully engaged in the well-being of their campus and the college more than allowed them to speak up and advocate for their views. They want their students to feel empowered. This is not the typical trait of a college administration. Once you enter the "real world", the relative intolerance, level of ignorance, and dismissal of opinions of youth is shocking even to the most conservative Pomona College student. There is always room for improvement for all forms of diversity, but Pomona College definitely did a fabulous job upholding very high standards.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is cute, but pretty expensive. Mostly older people and people starting families. Most stuff off campus is closes early and is pretty expensive on a college budget.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you want a single you can get single freshman year. Some of the freshman dorms are a little small, but they have air conditioning which is great. The larger freshman dorms are tad bit nice but don't have air conditioning which means the first month of school is pretty miserable when your dorm room is 90 degrees or whatever.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Just about any Pomona student will tell you that they truly enjoyed their college experience. And it's not just the free booze that makes Pomona one of the happiest colleges in the country. While it certainly helps, the booze alone couldn't make everyone so darn genuinely happy, day in and day out. After all, some people don't even drink, and they seem just as happy as everyone else. It's not the location, either. The classes are good, and the professors are great, and that certainly plays its part, and it's an open, friendly campus, which is nice. But there is some other factor that makes people like this place so much. There are some people who are dead set on hating it. Why, you might wonder, do they go in the first place? One reason is parental pressure. Another is students, who by the end, have to grudgingly admit that they have enjoyed themselves. They might still claim that they don't have an affectionate place in their heart for their alma mater, but they can't deny that the experience was worthwhile.

The question is, "Why are Pomona students so unabashedly jolly?" There are only two feasible answers. One, they drug the water here. Unlikely, perhaps, but maybe Pomona is the site of a modern day governmental experiment in mass mind control. Barring that, it must be that people here just really like the people they go to college with. Are Pomona students better people than other selective liberal arts college students? Probably not. However, Pomona puts a great deal of stress on allowing people space to find their own way of doing things, both socially and academically. Sometimes, this is frustrating, sometimes people pine after the lost structure of high school and family life, but in the end, with the amount of freedom students are granted, they end up somewhere they want to be. Now if only everyone could get jobs.

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