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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you want a single you can get single freshman year. Some of the freshman dorms are a little small, but they have air conditioning which is great. The larger freshman dorms are tad bit nice but don't have air conditioning which means the first month of school is pretty miserable when your dorm room is 90 degrees or whatever.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can take the train to LA and there is Zip car on campus, but in generally most things you need are in claremont or nearby.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The administration is very big on harm reduction. Making sure people are safe is by far the biggest priority. If you are under 21 drinking in a dorm before you go to the party will pretty much be the only way to drink. Drinking in dorms is easy and the RA's are not out to get you. As long as you are not being too loud and keep your door closed you will not get in trouble. If you are over 21 you can just get alcohol at the party. If you want to smoke weed you will find people to smoke with, if you don't won't really notice it. Other drugs are used by certain people, but unless you want to be apart of it you probably won't ever know of their use.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for financial aid, but from everybody I have talked to they had pretty good experiences. Pomona is technically need blind so how much money you need is not taken into account. Also getting jobs on campus is fairly easy, and not just limited to those who receive financial aid, which is really nice. Having open work study is nice because even if you do not qualify for financial aid it is likely that tuition isn't simply a drop in the bucket.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pomona has 2 dining halls and you can eat at the other colleges dinning halls too. Out of the all the dinning halls at the colleges Pomona's aren't the best relative to the other 4 colleges, but that doesn't matter because you can eat anywhere you want. The food is amazing each dinning hall has its strengths and weaknesses. Scripps has great food, but doesn't have a lot of seating and long lines. Pomona's Frank dining hall has very good breakfast and brunch but its dinner isn't the strongest. There is tons of variety between the dinning halls and as long as you switch which dinning halls you eat at you will never get tired of the food.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Almost every single party is on one of the 5c campuses or within 2 miles of campus. All the parties pretty much revolve around campus so there is almost no need to go off campus to clubs and bars. The on campus parties will keep you plenty entertained for a while.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is nearly invisible on campus. There are a couple frats, they aren't residential and don't are only responsible for a few parties. Various campus organizations that sort of take the place of frats take care of almost all the parties. Most parties are all 5Cs so everyone at the colleges can go, and then a minority are 3C (Claremont-McKenna, Harvey-Mudd, and Scripps) which means you have to be invited as a guest by someone at the other colleges and some parties are just Pomona and Pitzer.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have ridiculous amounts of money. Pomona has the largest per student endowment of any college or university in America, and it shows. There will be plenty of times at Pomona where the administration will literally just throw money at you. If you want to plan a trip through On the Loose (which is basically our outing club) they will lend you gear and heavily subsidize your gas. There are lots of really great places to go on trips. Joshua Tree National Park is less than an hour away, Mt. Baldy is literally walking distance from campus, Santa Barbara and Oregon Country are a couple hours away if you want to go to the beach, and skiing isn't far either.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The newest dorms are outstanding. Environmentally friendly and great looking. The older dorms are pretty good too. The look really nice for the most part, but the freshman dorms are kind of a trade off. The buildings with the larger and nicer dorms do not have air conditioning, which sucks for the first and last month of the school year. The smaller dorms have air conditioning, but are pretty small especially considering that they are mostly doubles. Good news is, if you want a single you are almost guaranteed to get one. There tons of singles so if having roommate isn't your thing, your in luck.

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5 College Freshman

Parking: You technically can't have a car on campus as a freshman, but if you were to bring a car down second semester and paid for the parking I don't think anyone would care. The parking garage is pretty big and almost never full.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is definitely good food in Claremont assuming you are willing to use your own money to buy it, which many people are not. There are a lot of good places to go on dates but the meal plan takes care of you pretty well.

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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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