Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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Health & Safety: Seriously, it is like being back in the womb or something. You may get your bike stolen, but I never ran into any dangerous people. Most crimes on Pomona's campus are acts of petty vandalism committed by Pomona students who are generally given a slap on the wrist.

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Health & Safety: The campus feels very safe. Because Pomona is a smaller school, there is a greater sense of community in which people generally look out for each other. However, as on any college campus, the consumption of alcohol increases both the vulnerability of victims and the likelihood of predatory sexual behavior.

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Health & Safety: It feels safe, although I rarely encounter security guards.

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Health & Safety: As far as physical safety, it's perfectly fine unless you're a sheltered suburban kid who can't deal with a couple of lost, stammering homeless dudes who get escorted off campus by security after being there for less than a minute. There is a lot of computer theft, though.

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Health & Safety: Campus is safe. Probably too safe.

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Health & Safety: Security seems fine on campus. I never really felt in danger or anything like that, but the campus is often times pretty desolate because of the small student body.

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Health & Safety: Security seems adequate. The security guards are all very friendly.

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Drug Safety: I've never encountered anything harder than weed or `shrooms. People do it, but it's not socially mandatory.

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Drug Safety: There are quite a few people who smoke pot, but there are very few `potheads.' Hard drugs are very rare. Alcohol is common, but people are generally responsible about it and only drink on weekends.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene is pretty normal as colleges go. You won't encounter what you don't want to encounter, and what you want, you can pretty much find.

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Drug Safety: I probably shouldn't comment because I don't know much, but I think there is definitely marijuana and alcohol around. I imagine that there is harder stuff going on, but it's definitely not pervasive.

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Drug Safety: I heard a lot of people were into cocaine my freshman year, then I heard that it wasn't `in' anymore, and it all but disappeared. People seem to smoke a lot of marijuana so that you'd think that that was `the' drug on campus. Personally, I think there are quite a few people who prefer popping pills and quite a few people who enjoy harder drugs, too.

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Drug Safety: The dealer who was everyone's dealer got busted. So, the drug scene is sort of in transition.

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Drug Safety: The drug scene was bigger in my high school; aside from pot, drugs are pretty hard to come by.

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Drug Safety: If you want something, you can usually find it.

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Drug Safety: The drug use I have witnessed has been primarily limited to tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Some students also use mushrooms and acid, and I have heard about but never witnessed the use of cocaine.

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Drug Safety: There's lots of pot. Get some if you can. Pomona's the perfect place to experiment. I only wish I had done more of it while I was there.

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Drug Safety: Oh, the drug scene is happening if you want it to be.

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Guys & Girls: The girls are by no means hot, although on the plus side a lot of them are rich. I've heard the guys are not much better.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone here is kind of nerdy, or used to be nerdy and now wants to pretend that they never were. That means we get a lot of variety in types of people and personalities. We have a saying, `There is No Sex at Pomona College.' I mean, there is, but generally, it seems people are too shy to start things.

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Guys & Girls: The girls are pretty good, but it appears that most don't really care how they look. After the first month of school, they break out the sweatpants and forget how to apply makeup. It's not the University of Arizona, that's for sure.

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Guys & Girls: My boyfriend's really hot, but the rest of the student body is mainly middling. If you have a fetish for pale, weedy intellectuals, you're in luck. My boyfriend's pale and intellectual, but he's not weedy.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone here is pretty attractive. I don't know why it's like a black hole of hotness. Of course, I'm attractive, so I may be biased.

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Guys & Girls: All the hipster guys with bands graduated, I think. They were so, so hot! But there are some cool girls left, and we are hot, too!

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Guys & Girls: There are plenty of beautiful people, but in general, students dress very casually and don't wear a lot of makeup.

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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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