Claremont, CA
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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Wide Variety and Usually Pretty Good. On campus dining is pretty good. You have 2 dining halls on Pomona that you can eat at plus the Coop Fountain. The always have salads, sandwiches, pizzas, the basics... then you get some cool 'exhibitions' like steaks, sushi, and burritos. The best part about the dining is that you can go to any of the other Claremont Colleges if you get tired of Pomona's.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: bus, metrolink, zipcars available. don't really need cars, so most people don't bring them and just use zipcars, which are really nice.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs are OK – computer labs are okay, but printing can be difficult at times since the machines run out of ink. the internet access here is unbelievably fast(once went at 1000mb/sec but usually 500mb/sec) and reliable. wireless access is available almost everywhere. most people bring their own computers, so labs usually aren't full.

College Junior

Athletics: Talking about varsity sports at Pomona is like talking about ice hockey in Hawaii-it really doesn't click. Yes, we do have varsity teams, but people do not really care about them. After all, they are NCAA Division III. As for intramural sports, Pomona offers a number of wacky and not-so-wacky options that seem to be rather popular. Ultimate Frisbee and inner-tube water polo are perennial favorites.

College Freshman

Academics: I honestly feel that the academics are the best aspect of Pomona. You will certainly learn a lot if you come here. This doesn't say much for the social scene, though.

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Computers: We have a school network with T1 Internet access and campus-wide file-sharing capabilities. It's generally very good, and we have an ITS staff to help with some computer issues.

Niche User

Computers: There are quite a few computer labs on campus, with modern equipment and software, which are never very crowded. I would recommend bringing your own computer, but if absolutely necessary, there are always school computers to use. There is even network space allotted to each student so they can save work and files anywhere on campus.

Niche User

Computers: Internet is easy and fast; wireless Internet is getting much better-cutting edge.

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Computers: Definitely bring a computer of your own; you'll use it a lot. Most classes require some Internet access, even if it's just for e-mailing the professor, and it's much more convenient to have your own computer. I use the computer labs for printing and scanning. They generally are not too crowded. The network itself often leaves something to be desired. It goes down fairly often, and I got a computer virus from it once.

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Computers: I have my own computer, but if for some reason I use a computer lab, it always works nicely, and I never have had a problem finding a computer available.

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Computers: The computer labs are never crowded, because everyone has a computer. I would and did bring one, because the homework is so heavy that I wouldn't want to be stuck in a lab for that long. We do have lots of Macs and PCs on campus, although Macs aren't dominant in the student population, and don't work well for file-share. I still have mine, though, and there are authorities who can help on Mac `issues.'

Niche User

Computers: The computer labs are great and one can almost always find a place to work, but it is nice to have your own computer if you want to look at some of the more extreme Web sites out there.

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Computers: I don't use the labs; almost everyone has their own computer at Pomona.

Niche User

Computers: The network is good depending on which dorm you live in (some have newer/faster wiring), although it does crash upon occasion. There is generally space in the computer labs, but due to the volume of work assigned, it is essential to have a computer available in your own room.

Niche User

Computers: Bring your own computer. When else will your parents buy you a computer? If you can't bring your own computer, you'll be fine. You'll just sort of live in the computer lab.

Niche User

Computers: It's up to you. There are lots of computer labs open 24 hours if you want, but it's always nice to have your own machine.

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Computers: The campus network is very fragile and very sensitive, and when people start stressing out, it tends to shut down. You're definitely going to want your own printer.

Niche User

Computers: Having your own computer is worthwhile. The computer facilities are good but can get too crowded during finals.

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Health & Safety: Dude, don't ever go to Baxter Health Center for anything; they always take one look at you and say, `well, it's either Mono or you're pregnant.'

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Health & Safety: Security is very good. Security guys zip around on golf carts all the time. There are lighted security stations with phones all over campus. RAs are always on call and are easy to get a hold of. I feel very safe walking across campus in the middle of the night.

Niche User

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe, even when it's late and I'm by myself. Once, at 4:30 a.m. on a rare foggy night, when I had to go all the way across campus by myself, I called Campus Security for an escort.

Niche User

Health & Safety: I've never had any problems. Stuff gets stolen sometimes, but thievery isn't rampant.

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Health & Safety: It's fine. I never felt unsafe, and I would frequently walk around at night alone. Naked.

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Health & Safety: I feel pretty secure and safe, but I lock my door when I leave my room for a long time, and I think it's nice that we have escort services, locks on the outside doors, and lighted walkways. I think I'd still walk home with a friend from a party at 2 a.m., though.

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Health & Safety: You don't have to worry about security and safety messing with the fun, crazy, reckless life on campus. Unless you make the wrong students mad, in which case things will be made really bad for you, or so I hear.


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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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