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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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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Facilities: Our facilities are wonderful, of course-only the best.

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Facilities: Athletic facilities suck. Most likely your high school facilities were better. The Campus Center is, I believe, aesthetically nice, but lots of kids don't like it much.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is the best at the dining halls of other colleges, especially the butternut squash soup at Scripps.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is delicious and nicer than the food at many restaurants.

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Campus Dining: The food is actually really good. Both dining halls were recently remodeled. They try really hard to keep a variety of food in the dining halls, which some places don't even bother doing. There's lots of made-to-order stuff, and the food tends to be good quality. The Coop Fountain has really good food, too, if you want to take a break from dining hall food.

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Campus Dining: By the time you're a junior, you know that the food on campus sucks. The best available food is actually at Claremont McKenna. Their sandwich meats are of noticeably higher quality, and they have three different kinds of mustard. Scripps is second best. Their oven-fresh cookies are hard to beat. Arguably, Scrippsies are less annoying to look at than CMCers while you're eating.

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Campus Dining: The food is pretty good. I would say it is excellent for me, but some people complain that it gets boring. If it does get repetitious, then you can go to the Coop and get shakes, smoothies, burgers, and quesadillas.

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Campus Dining: It is easy to sneak into Frank Dining Hall by hopping over one five-foot wall and then going in the back door; I would recommend this in a pinch, though the food is not that good. With a little planning, you can easily sneak into more desirable dining halls (CMC and Mallot Commons being my favorites) by learning which entrances are unguarded at which times.

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Campus Dining: The food on campus is pretty exceptional relative to most college food. Each dining hall generally offers three to four entrées for each meal, which include vegetarian and vegan options, as well as an excellent salad bar and sandwich bar at lunch.

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Campus Dining: Students at the Claremont Colleges can use their meal plan to eat at any of the dining halls at the 5Cs, so there is excellent variety within a short walk. In addition to the dining halls, there are several on-campus restaurants, which serve everything from quesadillas and burgers to fresh seafood pasta.

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Campus Dining: The dining halls rock, but spoiled, bratty students love to gripe about the food. In Frary, you're dining in about as much style as you'll ever see on a college campus.

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Campus Dining: The dining hall is alright. There are lots more vegetarian and vegan options than there are at other schools. With the newly renovated Frary Dining Hall, there is great potential for even better fare.

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Campus Dining: I was pleased with the food on campus. The salad bar is always stocked full of fresh and glorious vegetables and fruit.

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Campus Dining: Sausage pizza soup: how did they even make that?

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Campus Dining: The food at Pomona is not terrible, but it's nothing to rave about.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are anywhere from really nice to really terrible. Clarks are nice, and South Campus isn't so nice.

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Campus Housing: The dorms at Pomona are great. There's a lot of variety, and guaranteed four-year housing takes a lot of stress out of college life. There are 12 dorms on campus, and one is renovated every summer, so no dorm is more than 12 years old in terms of paint, furniture, and fixtures. South Campus dorms are where all the freshmen are; they generally are designed in `rooms on a hallway' formats, which is good for meeting people. North Campus dorms are mostly upperclassmen and have a lot more singles, two-room double suites, and other interesting combinations.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are classy, renovated frequently, and well maintained.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are very nice. The rooms tend to be pretty big, and the furniture is pretty nice, too. Some dorms are really nice, but even the worst ones aren't completely bad by any means. Upperclassmen housing is practically palatial; some rooms have fireplaces and other amenities.

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Campus Housing: For people who want singles, Walker or Clark 5 are the top choices. For two-room doubles, Clark 1 is the way to go. Smiley is the one dorm that is avoided like the plague; even though it's all singles, they are small, hot, and old. It needs to be renovated soon.

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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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