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5 College Junior

Majors: International Relations – The faculty is supportive and helpful. The workload is very manageable, and the requirements are relevant and yet vague enough to give you some flexibility. I was able to intern at the office of a senator at DC, and it was a eye-opening experience.

5 College Junior

Academics: International Relations – Pomona has a great international relations department, and the Claremont Colleges Consortium offers great opportunities. For example, I was able to spend a semester working on an internship in Washington DC through Claremont McKenna College next door.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Claremont Village – Claremont Village is a nice but sleepy town. The shops close pretty early, around 8 or 9pm, and the prices are a bit high. For a collegetown, it's a bit too quiet, and the residents of the Village are mostly elderly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pomona is a great community full of an awesome and diverse (in many ways) group of people. It is a fairly tight-knit community that is a lot of fun. The academic experience is challenging but rewarding and the professors are engaging and knowledgeable. Whenever I leave campus I can't wait to get back. Pomona offers a great mix of academic and social lives.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Recent Crackdown – There are stark differences between the written policy and how it is enforced by RAs. In the past, RAs have been much more lenient or reasonable when it comes to policy violations. However, recently there have been more incidents of people getting caught and written up/fined. Usually discretion is all that is required but the RAs have been getting more strict. The punishments are relatively innocuous ranging from a formal warning to actual fines. However, multiple offenders do risk getting kicked out of on campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student Center and Library – The facilities at Pomona College are great. The student center is a large space with outdoor tables, greenspace, student store, fireside lounge, and other cool places to hang out or study. The coop, a student run restaurant, is also a great place to play pool, study, and hang out with friends. The library, shared by the Claremont University consortium is vast with great places to get work done. It also just renovated a cafe space which is very modern and very popular.

5 College Senior

Weather: the weather is ALWAYS beautiful and perfect, IT'S CALIFORNIA.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking and Weed – Many students at Pomona college drink, though it is possible to have a good social life without partaking. The college is pretty strict on the underclassman side of smoking, where hard alcohol is banned, as are drinking games. However, on the junior/senior side, there are virtually no limitations. Weed is accessible and done by certain people. Cigarettes are less prevalent.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Doesn't Exist – Off-campus housing virtually doesn't exist, except maybe if you live in Claremont already. Students all live on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bike Thefts Common – I have never felt unsafe on Pomona's campus. It is a small campus bordered by an affluent community. However, bike thefts are very common, so invest in a U-lock. Also, students have had laptops stolen, though I have never worried about any of the students taking my things.

College Freshman

Facilities: Inside Scoop – We have something called Snack Sunday-Wednesday night. In Frary Dining Hall from 10:30-11:30 pm, we get free food. :) There is the soda fountain, cereal with milk and soy milk, peanut butter and jelly-making supplies, coffee, desserts, and a main dish available.

We also have a student-run farm that you can have your own plot on and grow your own vegetables.

College Freshman

Academics: Our professors are great!!! They will know your name (which apparently isn't likely at most schools??), will actually want to get to know about you and care about how you're doing, and are always available by e-mail or sometimes even phone. Our average class size is fourteen, and our student to professor ratio is 7:1.

Registration is four days. Seniors register the first day, juniors register the second day, etc. Within days, students are randomly assigned times either in the beginning of the day, the middle of the day, or the end of the day. You are put on a cycle so that if freshman year first semester, you were in the middle of the day, second semester you will be in the end of the day and first semester of your sophomore year, you will be in the beginning of the day.

Our most popular major changes every year, but economics and psychology are usually toward the top. However, all programs are spectacular.

College Freshman

Computers: We have many computer labs with printers around campus. We get 800 sheets free each semester, and since all computers are set to automatically print double-sided, that will go a long way. I'm pretty sure first semester I used like, a hundred tops. Bringing your own printer is entirely unnecessary unless you're too lazy to walk three minutes to the nearest computer lab.

The WiFi in my room is awful, but any public place (including many areas outside!) usually has great WiFi. All dorm rooms are equipped with Ethernet hook-ups. ITS (our computer tech people) are wonderfully brilliant (and completely free...) and can help out with any computer trouble you may be having anywhere on campus!

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Plenty Available – Thanks to Pomona's ridiculous endowment, anyone who needs a scholarship will get it. Very few people have to rely on high-interest loans. The school has a lot of money and is willing to give it as scholarship. The only downside is work study. The limits are pretty darn low, especially for "well-off" students.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They Don't Have to Be – What is there to be strict about? Nothing. There is security everywhere, but the worst punishments are slaps on the wrist. Unless you do something absurd and violent, you wont be kicked out, and it even depends on HOW violent the act is.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Don't Expect Much – Don't expect to come to this school expecting to have a typical, blackout-filled college experience. While there are some groups of students who wish they went to a more fratty college, and act like it, this school has a pretty subdued nightlife. The upside is that there are a lot of non-party events, so its a guarantee that you will find your niche. Parties are out there, but it is not a frat row scene.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Get a Car! Need a Spot? Find an Upperclassman – Cars are off-limits to freshmen, but many bring them anyway. All you need to do is find a sophomore or older who's willing to get a parking pass for you. And if you have a car, BRING IT! I expected, accustomed to the ease of public transit in Boston, that I'd have no problems getting in and out of LA. The Metrolink, albeit close by, has horrible hours. And we are disconnected from LA public transit, instead having the Foothill Transit system. Seeking a liberal arts school and an urban location (unfortunately, such a combo is few and far between), I thought I wouldn't mind the 30 mile distance from the city... the quality of public transportation proved me wrong.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ain't the Greatest Grub – Off-campus dining is one of the biggest downfalls to campus life in Claremont. Despite the mass presence of students (the Claremont Colleges, duh), it appears no one in the food industry is interested in such a big, easy market. There is no real fast food (a law bans it in the city's limits). The closing of the nearby CVS means getting milk requires a 2.5 trip to Vons, uphill. The Village is populated almost entirely by mid-to-high end restaurants. This isn't the kind of college town where you can get cheap Chinese, pizza slices (not a single pizza joint- only Pizza N such, a sit down eatery), or other wonderfully greasy quick fixes.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Big University Resources With the Little Liberal Arts Classroom – Facilities are shared among the 5 colleges (and 2 graduate schools) who belong to the Claremont Consortium: Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Pomona. Activities give you the opportunity to meet people from every school, and there's plenty of room for choosing from the numerous dining halls. The library is comparable in size to one at a larger, research university, and even when it lacks what you need, you have access to the resources at 100's of other universities in California and the Southwest through the online databases, Link+ and InterLibrary Loan (ILL). Athletic facilities, however, are divided; Pomona and Pitzer form athletic teams together, and consequently share facilities and gyms, while Harvey Mudd, Scripps, and CMC form another (rival) camp.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The Best Years of My Life – We study hard and play harder. We are curious, creative, and fun. Many of us are socially ajusted nerds, even in the sciences. There is a true sense of community and belonging to the school. When you meet alums of the school, you automatically feel a connection in most cases.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: 6:01 Drinking Is a Big Deal – 6:01 its a claremont college tradition in fall semester. During the two first weeks of school no one is allowed to have any kind of alcoholic beverages on campus (substance free period), so that freshmen can socialize without alcohol. It is a pretty serious deal. On a saturday at 6:01pm every one is allowed to drink finally and the school gets into a chaos...
At other times alcohol and Marijuana are pretty accessible at the other colleges, particularly CMC(neighboring claremont colleges), though they are still quite present at pomona among juniors and seniors. There is a small circle of people who do other drugs like cocaine, but it is not visible.

4 College Senior

Academics: A Fantastic Education – Pomona College is arguably among the top schools in this counrty offering tremendous individual attention and high quality education.
Most classes at Pomona are challenging, but rewardin. We are taught to think critically and thorougly in virtually every subjects. Multiple-choice exams are practically inexistant. Professors dedicate a lot of their time to make sure that students are armed with all the tools they need to suceeed.
As far as i know, the sciences at Pomona are incredible. It is really easy to get research experience with your professors.
As for the work load, students usually undertake 4 or more classes every semesters. As liberal arts students many us take classes in variety of subjects that often unrelated to our major. There is also a great study abroad program office for those who don't want to confine their learning to pomona's resources. However, many departments exprience grade inflation. Aside from that it really is a great school to attend!

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's California (I.E. Beautiful) – The weather is typical California weather--that is to say, very beautiful, pretty comfortable, and sunny. It is very hot in the summer, I'm told, and the first month of school is pretty toasty, but after that, it cools down to a much more comfortable temperature. This year was a little unusual in terms of the amount of rain we received (a lot more than usual--heavy rain for several days at a time), but I love rain, so that didn't bother me. Drainage on campus is horrible though (as it is most places in California), so when it rained, certain areas of the street flooded. Other than that, it's perfect weather for laying out in the quad to study or chat with friends.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think Pomona has two frats (and they may be shared with the other Claremont schools), and I didn't even realize they were there until second half of second semester. Evidently, they throw parties from time to time, I just didn't realize they were the hosts. I don't think there are any sororities.

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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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