Claremont, CA
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Reviews 468 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms lack air-conditioning (much needed in the semi-arid environment that is Claremont), but overall, Pomona students are very fortunate to have the accommodations they do. Sponsor group culture is especially excellent: the Office of Campus Life (usually) does a great job of matching people with others with similar backgrounds, interests, and values to form basic social units for incoming freshmen.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since Pomona is a residential college, there are few people who live off-campus. Those who do, however, seem to be very happy with their accommodations.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene does admittedly define some social groups, but peer pressure is low; it is easy both to find and socialize with people who do not do drugs, and to find and socialize with people who do drugs without feeling pressured to use them yourself. So while the drug culture is part of many students' lifestyles, it rarely interferes with academics or imposes social barriers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are plenty of places to park and they recently built a new 2 story parking garage.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants in walking distance, but some are expensive.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is a fraternity, no sorority at Pomona College

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: They help you out when your computer breaks. It is good.

5 College Senior

Weather: Weather here is the best in the nation, hands down. Sun is almost always out, it's dry here (NOT humid), and the temperature is usually much better than the rest of the country. Best weather for a college, I guarantee it (if you like the sun and warmth, that is....should definitely be a factor in choosing a school because weather affects your mood!!)!

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in claremont for young people. This city is catered to the retired, so not much of a night life (there are only a few places young people can go to at night, and none of it is very good, at least in comparison to LA for example). The schools do a good job though of offering things to do to students on weekends, however. Though there might not be something going on in town, there is definitely something going on on campus. I do have to give the atmosphere a B though, since there really aren't that many things to do off-campus and there isn't much tailored to college-kids.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Pomona College dining halls are very good in comparison to the majority of college dining halls out there (we have 3, 2 of which are open for all three meals). We have a great selection of choices, with local food options and very good (for being cafeteria food) taste. What's even better at Pomona is that as students you can eat at any of the cafeterias belonging to the other schools (4 other schools = 4 other cafeterias), some of which are even better than Pomona's (pitzer, scripps, and claremont mckenna's come to mind...pitzer in particular has the BEST dining hall I've ever been too!), so because of this the grade is an A. I eat at collins (claremont mckenna's dining hall) for breakfast every day, and pitzer at dinner every day, with my lunch varying amongst the dining halls. For brunch on weekends, pomona is a great choice, along with claremont mckenna. Food here is great and should definitely be considered when choosing schools (nutrition is IMPORTANT! don't go to a school where you're going to eat crap! You will LOVE the food here, trust me, even as a vegetarian/vegan)

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are all kinds of options to eat at outside of the school. Within walking distance, you'll mostly find a variety of restaurants. Thai, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, Greek, American, Italian...list goes on and on. There are also restaurants that specifically cater to health-food enthusiasts, vegans, and vegetarians (plenty of them!). Student discounts exist but are rare, and since Claremont is an affluent area prices aren't always that cheap (though honestly some do have very good deals!). If you can drive, this opens up a lot and you get access to a lot of fast-food, including chipotle and Santana's which are favorites amongst students.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are plenty of computers for students to use. There are computer labs in almost every building (with plenty of computers), the network is great, IT support is great as well, and there is Wi-Fi everywhere. The only thing that makes me not give it an A+ is that sometimes when printers malfunction it takes a while for IT to come and fix it, which has been inconvenient at times when I've needed something to be printed.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful weather every day. Pretty hot in September, but only gets to about 40 degrees on the coldest days during the winter and it rarely rains here.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received all the financial aid I needed and NO LOANS. Pomona's financial aid is amazing

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of a variety of races, religions, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations, but the majority of people are liberally minded when it comes to politics.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are extremely small, but as you become an upperclassmen the dorm life improves.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We're a division three school, so the sports here aren't all that great. However, each coach and student athlete are well committed to their teams and they get the attention of students and people from the local area to come and spectate at the games.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The scenery is beautiful, but there's not too many attractions. However, Pomona does a great job of trying to get students to explore the horizon through its 47 things challenge.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Math department is excellent at Pomona. The Professors are dedicated and care about the students.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are dedicated and care about their students. Workload is difficult but manageable. The classes are small and have resources for help.

College Freshman

The Best & Worst: Best parts of Pomona- the academics, the professors, the student body, the financial aid, Claremont (rapidly improved over these last few years), the location, the Claremont Colleges, the weather

Worst parts of Pomona- elitist students, while rare, do exist, very politically correct atmosphere, course registration is a pain, no one in California seems to know about it

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got basically a full ride through Pomona's excellent financial aid. No loans at all. I'm so appreciative.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: An amazing overall experience, with very few, if any, negatives. Count your blessings if you get in.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunshine and seasons? Yes! The leaves do change colors (and really beautifully), and it's usually around 50-80 degrees the time you're at Pomona. Winter tends to be somewhat wet and the first few and last few weeks can be unbearably hot (95+), but really, no one complains about it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus and train station are not too far away from Pomona, but they're often inefficient.


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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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