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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is almost a non-existent part of Pomona's life. There are like two or three fraternities, but they don't have houses on campus, nor does the school fund them. The fraternities do throw the occasional party here and there, but these are open to everyone and just an integrated part of social life here.

If you really want a big Greek scene, Pomona is not the place to find it.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: You can honestly survive here without ever bringing your own computer, printer, or scanner. The computer labs offer 24/7 access, the internet is extremely fast, and printing is cheap at 2 cents per page. Each dorm room has an ethernet outlet which, when connected with an ethernet cord, can provide internet speeds at 500MB-1000MB per second.

The technology on campus is extremely high-tech, and it is clear that a great deal of money goes towards improving technology for Pomona students each year. ITS at Pomona is accessible to fix computers for free or to address computer related issues. Each academic building has a computer lab or two. The newer academic buildings in particular, like Lincoln-Edmunds, are equipped with expensive Mac Pro desktops in their entirety.

There are problems, however. In some rooms, including mines, the ethernet outlet was completely broken, which meant relying on the WiFi network for the entirety of the year. There are 4 WiFi networks, which makes it unlikely that all 4 will fail to work anywhere on campus, but they have a bad habit of disconnecting, and they are nowhere near as fast as an ethernet cable. The printers often malfunction, and it may take ITS almost a month to fix them.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I will not speak of the party culture because I have not partaken in it at all. Nor do I go clubbing. There is a lot happening on campus that I can still go to, however, especially on the weekends. On one Saturday, there were almost 10 different non-party things happening all one one night- NoChella (an alternative music festival at Pomona), an orchestra at the Scripps Garrison Theater, an arts showcase called Decay, Asian American Mentoring Program Snack, Biffle Night sponsored by That Saturday Group, a 47 Things Trip, Salsa Night at the Edmunds Ballroom, a talk about the exotification of women by the Women's Union, and a lacrosse game at the field behind the Rains Gymnasium. I often find myself frustrated with all of the things that I want to go to and the necessities demanded by academics here. Nightlife during the weekdays is pretty much non-existent for the non-party person, but this isn't a huge loss because most people are studying anyway. However, most of the academic events, like workshops and discussions, happen in the evening on weekdays.

The Claremont Village offers almost nothing to Pomona students in terms of nightlife. You can watch a movie at Laemmle or get some Froyo at Yogurtland...that's pretty much it.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A different perspective: You can go the whole year without having ever touched any substances and still have a blast. I did. No one EVER pressured me to try something that I did not want to try.

The drug scene is a little exaggerated. It is definitely prevalent (especially in the form of alcohol), but it does not dominate. There is a significant portion of the student body that does not partake in any substances at all. Sub-free halls rarely break down in their promise to not have substances. So fear not if you're the type to not do drugs- you'll find a group of people who don't either.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Yes, everyone knows that SoCal weather is awesome. But did you know that Pomona College does in fact experience seasons? The trees, which are not native to the area, do change their colors, and for a good month or so the campus is covered with beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves (see for yourself here: http://voices.pomona.edu/2012/12/fall-does-exist/). For those who miss their snow, from November-February the mountains about 25 minutes away are covered with it, making for a beautiful scenic view of green grass and snow-capped mountains from the campus and a short drive to make snow angels and have snowball fights. It rains on campus about once or twice each month, and when it does, it's beautiful.

People get tired of the perpetual sunshine sometimes, but the moment they return home they realize how incredible it really is. I'm from Houston and it has been raining, hot, and humid for the past week. I MISS CALIFORNIA WEATHER SO MUCH..

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus itself, despite being right next to some of California's most sketchy cities, is extremely safe- you can walk outside at 3AM without any harm. Campus police patrols the campus 24/7 but is not intrusive, and there are blue lights all around campus if any emergency happens. The most common dangers include bike robberies and prohibited entrance into the dorms. People here become a little bit too trusting and forget to lock their doors at night, which can in the rare case result in someone from outside of Pomona entering and stealing.

The health center is of high quality, and it has solid hours. For minor injuries and common illnesses, it does the job. The health center's policy is pretty good- they don't charge for appointments if you call them in advance, and if you are charged for any treatment, you won't be expected to pay it until 30 days from your visit, in which it is transferred to your student account.

There is a counseling center which offers free consultation and services to the students, but it has a reporting policy which turns many off about it. I've heard that it is often understaffed and that it's not very helpful, but keep in mind that this is just hearsay, not my own experience.

Being right along a fault line, Pomona College is in high danger of earthquakes (just like the rest of California). The school does earthquake drills every year, provides all of the students an earthquake emergency bag, and has enough supplies to last everyone two weeks after an earthquake.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost 98% of Pomona students live on campus, and for good reason- it's hard to beat Pomona's residential life and dorm quality.

Each dorm has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. On South Campus, Harwood has the smallest rooms, but it is also the prettiest dorm and has the best lighting. Lyon has gigantic rooms and access to a computer lab, but it has pretty bad lighting and a weird battleship coloring. Mudd-Blaisdell is not the best looking on the inside, but it is the only air-conditioned dorm available to freshmen, and the lounges are great. Gibson has large rooms and a tight-knit community feel, but it's excluded from the rest and has the least number of people to interact with. Wig is the closest to classes and the Village, but it is also the most isolated from the other freshmen dorms and far away from the dining halls and the other 5C's.

The dorms become better as you progress through the school. North Campus dorms look less like apartments and more like palaces, with courtyards, secret gardens, and giant rooms. Over 70% of the rooms are singles for upperclassmen, so you're pretty much assured one after freshman year, and even for freshman year just putting down that you want a single means you have a high chance of getting one. Best of all, unlike universities and some colleges, every room at Pomona costs exactly the same, regardless of size and location.

On the whole, Pomona dorms are spacious, beautiful, and conveniently located. There are a few bad rooms, but one will rarely go wrong with the options here.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Pomona's diversity never ceases to astound me. The Class of 2016 is the most ethnically diverse class in Pomona's history, and it really does carry out in the interactions you have with people here. A significant number come from low-income and first-generation backgrounds, and people come from every corner of the world.

Diversity on paper doesn't mean anything if it doesn't carry out in reality, but at Pomona, it does. My sponsor group this year was extremely diverse, with seemingly polar opposite of personalities living right across one another. This however did not create tensions or animosities, but friendships and understanding. People are extremely open-minded here, and as a low-income, first-generation student of color, I have never felt discouraged or attacked here.

Everyone here has a unique story, personality, and set of quirks,There is no typical Pomona student. People study just about everything here, undertake all sorts of extracurricular passions, and have different demands for social and intellectual needs. Everyone offers a perspective that you won't get from anyone else. However, the school does lean overwhelmingly liberal, and if you are conservative, you may find the lack of conservatives on campus stifling. People here also tend to be more "learning-for-the-sake-of-learning" than pre-professional.

This is where the other 5C's come in. With 6500 students to interact with, Pomona isn't as stifling as a stand-alone liberal arts college of its size may feel. Each school has a unique twist to it- CMC tends to be more conservative and pre-professional, Pitzer is even more liberal than Pomona and far more non-traditional, and Harvey Mudd has a strong emphasis on math and science, both for employment directly after graduation and for graduate school. If you can't find a niche at Pomona, you'll be sure to find one at one of the other five colleges.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Having 7 dining halls is a fantastic asset and almost unheard of for any other liberal arts college. The system is smoothly run- one meal swipe carries throughout the 5 colleges.

The food tends to be pretty good overall. It (especially ethnic food) does not usually compare to a homemade meal, but it's a significant upgrade from cafeteria food. Each dining hall serves food buffet style and has particular specialties. Students check the Five College Menu Website to see all of the menus in one place and decide where they would like to go.

There are other places to eat as well- namely, student run cafes and restaurants. I think there are 9 of these places in the 5C's. Each semester, students receive a couple hundred dollars called Flex, which can be used at these places to supplement the standard meal plan. The Coop Fountain, Pomona's student run cafe, makes great quesadillas and milkshakes. The library has a much needed coffee shop which also serves bakery items. I have heard that the Muddhole at Harvey Mudd serves amazing sandwiches and that the Grove House at Pitzer serves great organic food, but I've yet to try them. For those on the run, the Coop Store offers pre-prepared sandwiches and a wide assortment of snacks and drinks.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Inexpensive, plentiful, and safe for vehicles. Freshmen cannot, however, keep cars on campus without special permission.

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)


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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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