Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Weather: The weather is the second-best thing about Pomona. You should bring everything for warm weather, plus almost everything for cold weather, because it gets very cold (in the 40s) sometimes at night. Also, if you want to go camping in the desert, you will need warm clothes. There are many students who insist on wearing only flip-flops.

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Weather: The weather is about as perfect as it can get. I loved walking across sunny green fields of grass barefoot in shorts while ogling an amazing backdrop of snow-covered mountains.

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Weather: Oh, the weather is fabulous. Bring lots of T-shirts, but bring a jacket as well!

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in walking distance are mostly overpriced. Somecrust is good for sandwiches and cookies.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places in town. There are traditional restaurants, like for Italian and American food, but there are also a couple of Greek places, some Mexican places, a Chinese take-out, and pizza joints. I don't go into town to eat much, but when I do, I often get a boba drink from the Chinese place and a sandwich from Full of Life bakery next door.

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Off-Campus Dining: I don't really eat off campus much. There's a pizza place in the Village that is pretty good called Pizza `N Such. Also, there are good Mexican restaurants in the surrounding Pomona area.

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Off-Campus Dining: Good restaurants, but very expensive.

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Off-Campus Dining: Eh, the restaurants are okay, but not worth the money.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants, most beyond the average student's means. I'm sure one exception, Delhi Palace, will get lots of press, as I believe the author of this publication is partial to it. Personally, I liked Full of Life for breakfast or a little tea-time treat. They have good variety and the seating area is usually clean and light, if a little cramped. One of their blueberry cream cheese danishes has enough calories for an entire day. This one time, I ate seven in one day. Then I didn't have to eat again for a week.

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Off-Campus Dining: Walter's is really good. It's kind of a combo of Afghan and Italian.

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Off-Campus Dining: The Village has several good restaurants, although they tend to be rather pricey. Heroe's has great burgers and beer. The New Delhi Palace has good Indian food for a reasonable price. Pizza `N Such offers excellent pizza and relatively inexpensive beer. If you have a car, (or a friend with a car), the options are endless within the greater LA area.

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Off-Campus Dining: Burritos are cheap and abundant. All you have to do is go to Pomona.

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Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants within walking distance are expensive. Save them for parent visits. Farther away, there are unlimited possibilities, including lots of authentic cheap Mexican food places.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are not many restaurants off campus if you don't have a car. However, local favorites include DPX (Delhi Palace Express), In-N-Out, and Del-Taco for late-night runs.

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Off-Campus Dining: For Thai food at 2 a.m., the Mix Bowl is ideal. For cheap Mexican, El Pavo is your place. For 48-ounce margaritas, Don José is a college student's dream.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is, in a word, mediocre. Restaurants in Claremont are way too overpriced for the crap that they serve. Try Orchid Garden on Foothill Boulevard. It's very good with exceptional service. Also, it's vegetarian-friendly.

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Facilities: Facilities on campus are beautiful and incredible. Everything is nice and never crowded.

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Facilities: Everything is very nice. The school renovates all the time. Smith Campus Center is only a few years old and has lots of good facilities and resources for students, like the Career Development Office, Student Government Office, study lounges, two restaurants, a store, an ATM, the mail room, and even a small movie theater in the basement.

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Facilities: All facilities are state-of-the-art and well maintained.

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Facilities: All of the facilities are really nice and are very impressive for such a small school. Most of the stuff in the Rains Center is almost brand new, like the weight machines and stuff. The pool is really nice too.

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Facilities: I don't know what their dumb excuse is for closing the weight room as early as they do, but it's bullcrap.

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Facilities: Well, I'm not that into athletics, but everything looks well-kept-up, and I've heard that we have an awesome couple of indoor basketball courts. The computer lab is very up-to-date with a ton of available help. The student center is fabulous, and Frary Dining Hall is really beautiful, but a little loud for intimate conversation.

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Facilities: The gym really sucks. I used the Tulane gym all summer, and it has so many windows, new machines, wide treadmills, and other nice things. Not at Pomona. The Campus Center is charmless and creepy.

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Facilities: I have a friend who used to refer to the Smith Campus Center as `the Fascist Sublime.' It is cozier than it used to be, I guess, especially now that they've gotten rid of all those cheap plastic chairs in the Coop, but it still seems to be designed more for trustees than for students. The mail room is only slightly larger than my bathroom. And why can't we use the nice rooms? All the nice rooms are always locked.

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Facilities: The facilities are excellent at Pomona.

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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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