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

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are There, but Not a Priority – We share our athletic department with Pitzer College. Sports are not a super big deal at Pomona College. If you play them, that's great, but the turn out to watch them isn't very large unless it's a game against our rivals, CMS (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps share athletic departments). That said, there are a lot of talented athletes that attend the school; athletics just isn't their number one priority. The games are fun to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It Is What You Make It – It really depends on where you come from. My hometown is way more diverse than Pomona, but for many people it is the most diverse place they've ever seen. If you want a diverse group of friends it's not too difficult. There are plenty of student groups and cultural activities, so it's really what you make it.
In terms of socioeconomic diversity, it's mostly really rich people (some of whom will claim to be middle class), really poor people, and a few actual middle class.
Most people here aren't religious, I'd say, but there are services and ceremonies offered for every religion if desired.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Pretty Good – Dorms vary, but generally they're nothing to complain about, especially compared to other college dorms.
As you get older, the dorms get nicer.
They're also building a new dorm that looks like it's going to be ridiculously nice.
The kitchens aren't too nice on South Campus, especially.
Parties often happen in dorm rooms.
Room draw is crazy, but fair.
Lots of options.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have to say amongst all the positive reviews, I bump mine up to an A+ for one simple reason... SACA'S. If you are looking for more bang for your buck and really friendly restaurant staff/owners, you will love this Mediterranean food haven! The food is the best around and they have everything you need to satisfy any craving. The best part is, for a starving college student, the prices keep you and your wallet full! Definitely check out Saca's. It's the only place I go.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love Pomona because there are so many people here willing to help you. Study abroad, housing, food, financial issues, even the professors... they're awesome. The people here are generally really fun and party just as hard as they study, which I personally appreciate a lot!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Awkward Much? I'll be honest... most guys are at least semi-awkward at Pomona. They're mostly nice, but generally not the most conventionally attractive bunch.

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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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Niche User

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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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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