Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 468 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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Athletics: Sports are somewhat of a joke. Pomona thankfully doesn't take itself seriously enough to recruit any nefarious testosterone-laden dunces.

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Athletics: No one gives a damn about sports here.

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Athletics: Pomona sucks at sports. Though the women's tennis team is actually supposed to be pretty good. The nice thing about Pomona being so small is that anyone can participate in a sport if she or he wants without being a `college athlete.' There is lots of room for people who just do sports as hobbies.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is probably not worth it. Living on campus is nice, and there is not much off-campus housing within walking distance.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not convenient to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know anything about it, but it seems like most people live on campus for a reason.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not convenient to live off campus. I don't know whether it's worth it. If you have a pleasant, cooperative, and reasonably responsible roommate, then living off campus lets you retain some semblance of a social life while freeing you psychologically from being a student all the time. Some people need this.

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Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus is really only practical if you have a car; though apartments and rooms for rent exist within a 20-minute walking distance from campus, there aren't that many. Figuring out what to do with the apartment during the summer can be a preclusive pain in the butt. In addition, most Pomona students prefer to remain on campus, so finding a roommate can be tricky.

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Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone at Pomona lives on campus for all four years.

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Off-Campus Housing: I don't know where people live off campus, or why they even bother.

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Off-Campus Housing: Students are forbidden to live off campus until their sophomore year, and then they have to make a special request which can be denied, depending on whether the college has filled its dorms with paying students.

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Off-Campus Housing: Most students never live off campus, and most students love living in the dorms. It forces them to live next to the most random weirdoes who eventually become friends. Plus, it's nice to be spoon-fed, or not to have to worry about making food, cleaning, or making the time to visit friends.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you hate campus, which some students do, then living off campus is worth it. However, most life at Pomona is campus based, so living off campus you can miss out on a lot.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's not too convenient and not worth it.

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Parking: Anyone can have cars, pretty much. There could be more spots to park, but compared to other schools, it's pretty good.

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Parking: There is always parking available on campus. It may be in a bad spot at the back of the lot, but it is available. Students from all years are allowed to bring cars; I'd guess maybe 20% or so actually do.

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Parking: It's easy to find parking at Pomona.

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Parking: I often find it very difficult to find parking.

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Parking: I guess parking is fine, but I don't have a car, and it would be silly to drive to my classes that are eight minutes away.

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Parking: The parking scene is hot, though it can be a little intimidating for a newcomer. Most people park their cars in student parking lots, but some people park on the street. Sometimes people park their cars and then sit on the hood drinking and spitting.

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Parking: Parking here is heaven! (I'm from San Francisco, where parking is hell.)

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Parking: The parking scene on campus is hot. So hot. It's so easy to park.

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Parking: There's always a spot somewhere, but usually there is only one.

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Parking: There should be lots of room at Pomona, but due to construction in recent years there hasn't been very much parking. Watch out, Campus Security loves doling out tickets.

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Parking: Parking here sucks. The Claremont Police leave nowhere for students to park. Something definitely needs to be done.

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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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