Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Campus Housing: I've had a single since freshman year. Very nice on the whole, except for the first month of the school year, when it's deathly hot and most dorms have no air-conditioning. Bring a fan. Actually, bring two.

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Campus Housing: Housing here is fabulous. There are some of the nicest dorms I have ever seen.

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Campus Housing: Be sure to visit your prospective room before you draw for it. Avoid Harwood 189, as its only window opens onto a concrete stairwell. You should also try to avoid the room next to the dormitory door. When people are too drunk to operate the card scanners, they will often pound on the nearest window until somebody comes out.

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Diversity: Pomona could be more diverse, but there are good support groups. Campus is somewhat voluntarily segregated, which is unfortunate.

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Diversity: Campus is pretty diverse. Students are primarily white and Asian, but there are decent representations of other minorities.

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Diversity: Supposedly it's diverse, but different groups don't mingle a lot, in my opinion. I'm white, as are most of my friends, with few exceptions. It's not that I prefer hanging out with only white people, but I hardly ever see Asian or black people socially.

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Diversity: The racial percentages look pretty good. However, the class seems homogenous in its desire not to rock the boat. In addition, Pomona has very few international students.

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Diversity: I think it's really diverse, but I'm from Alaska, so my standards may be skewed. I think most people can't be boxed in, and everyone brings a bit of flavor to Pomona.

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Diversity: Pomona's campus has a very diverse mix of upper and upper-middle class, white people with a few token minorities thrown in. This can be a little intimidating for someone who has, for instance, never seen a black person before, but for the most part there is nothing to be afraid of. The minorities at Pomona largely either act like white people or keep to themselves.

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Diversity: Despite the numbers, the campus is not very diverse, unless you count the housekeeping and maintenance staff.

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Diversity: The campus is considerably less diverse than the surrounding community and the nation at large. There are different kinds of diversity-racial, sexual, biological, ecological, geographical-and Pomona can boast only approximately equal numbers of men and women.

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Diversity: Students are mostly Caucasian, but I've met many international students and some students with unique backgrounds.

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Diversity: The campus is diverse for a very selective liberal arts college. However, many social and racial groups are still underrepresented.

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Diversity: People's ethnic backgrounds are somewhat diverse for a college in Pomona's category, but there is little diversity in people's values, socioeconomic status, or political stances.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are good, with free alcohol. Off campus, well, LA is not too far away and has lots of opportunities for nighttime fun as long as you have access to a car.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus happen quite often. The school organizes parties and weekend activities though campus organizations like ASPC and CCLA. We have annual, elaborately-themed parties like the Lei Party, Harwood Halloween, and Smiley `80s. Those are just a few of the most popular. Harwood Halloween was actually rated by Playboy magazine a few years ago as being one of the top five college parties in the country. The school also offers a lot of alcohol-free activities, like swim and movie nights, or trips to laser-tag places in town. There aren't really any bars in town, and I don't know of any clubs in the area.

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Nightlife: Parties are alcohol-filled and sometimes fun. It depends what kind of thing you like. There are also some smokey dive bars that people frequent. But most people tend to stay on campus and party there, strangely enough.

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Nightlife: Campus parties tend to be pretty fun, although they can get monotonous. It's usually a DJ and two or three kegs. Sometimes, they check IDs. Sometimes, they don't. There is a fair amount of partying in the dorms. A lot of times, people will start in the dorms and then move to the official school party. I don't know much about off-campus stuff, but there are a couple of dive bars about a five-minute drive away that are pretty cheap, if you get sick of the on-campus stuff. Usually, though, campus is the place to be.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are fun, lots of people go, while bars are close and pretty cheap, but kind of shady.

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Nightlife: There are no good bars near campus! The city of Claremont seems set against providing the students with a convenient, satisfying night life. The Black Watch Pub is nice, but it's a bit of a drive to get there. Ditto for Friar Tuck's, except for the `nice' bit. The College offers free `safe rides' from any off-campus event to campus any day of the week. Safe Ride is only a semi-helpful service, because it doesn't help you get out to the event in the first place.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus have free beer, bump `n' grind music, and a fair amount of easy, drunk girls. If this is not your scene, you could also hang out in your room and get high. There are few good bars in the area, and Pomona students generally do not venture into the outlying areas.

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Nightlife: The best parties on campus surround the Tuesday night event `Table Manners.' The event itself is open to everyone, and it's a good time to dance and have free beer and sometimes wine, but the best are the small, very exclusive, occasionally-orgiastic parties afterward.

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Nightlife: Most partying at Pomona takes place on campus. The college funds large dance parties pretty much every weekend. Students generally gather in each others' rooms to pre-party (get drunk, flirt, and so on) before going out to the 5C (five college) parties. The 5C parties vary in attendance and quality with some flopping and others drawing thousands of people.

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Nightlife: Parties are fun for the first couple of years, but by the end, they begin to feel like freshman meat-markets. Alcohol is always available.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are great because the alcohol is free, but they get old after the first year, seeming to always be stretching for a theme so as to seem like a unique party. But then, by senior year, they take on an ironic and sentimental value, and they become fun again. I feel like the people who planned them were on the prom committee in high school and have no idea what a good time really is, but you always make your own fun.

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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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