Claremont, CA
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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Focus is on Safety – Campus security and the RAs won't try to bust you unless you're making a ton of noise. They just want you to be safe and not flout the rules so obviously they can't ignore it. Whatever you do in private is basically ok. Thanks to this policy, we have very few incidents, and everyone handles themselves as adults to a greater degree than other campuses. I mean, they give out beer to over 21s, and they don't card at harvey mudd or cmc. It's the sweet life.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Amazing variety for a small school – Raging, board games, blazing, working, camping, enjoying culture; whatever you can imagine, Pomona students will be doing at night. Nightlife here is as varied as the students. If you want to party, there's plenty of scenes for you. Dorm parties are better than the big 5c things. But if you have no interest, there are plenty of people to have fun with or plenty of people to study with.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We're pretty Ugly But Beautiful on the Inside! Too smart to be attractive sums it up. If you want hot, there's always pitzer, CMC and scripps to suit all your tastes and needs. However, everyone here is a great person. Cheesy but true. So if you want to date instead of randomly hook up, you're in luck, although a lot of people do just want random hook ups. But hey. College.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty White but Not by Student Choice – Not overwhelmingly diverse to say the least. However, all the students wish it was more diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Welcome to Paradise – Dorm rooms are huge and well maintained. Lots of people get suites. The new dorms are like luxury apartments. You literally cannot beat Pomona in housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Village Comes Through – The village has you covered, whether you want gourmet sandwiches, cheap indian food, pizza, starbucks, whatever. And of course LA is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: 5 Dining Halls, Enough Said – Pomona has dining halls on both North and South campus, which is very convenient. Lots of good options for vegetarians. If you're bored, there are 4 other dining halls on campus. Pitzer's pasta lunch and AM in the PM dinners are legendary. Collins is close and superb. Frary feels like hogwarts.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Nicest Buildings Imaginable – Pomona is loaded and it shows in the facilities. Everything is spiffy and loaded with features, so to speak. Dorms, academic buildings, athletic facilities: all fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Technology is accessible throughout the campus. Website could use a little work, but the student run websites like 5c menu and the ASPC websites are a great supplement.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Party Culture and No Crime – People party, but it rarely gets taken to extremes. The campus has no crime except for the occasional bike theft.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a nice town; LA is accessible – Claremont is a pleasant place. Picturesque, good food aplenty, and stores for your basic necessities. LA is accessible via train with a station in claremont, or by zip car if you don;t have a car on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Small Classes and Smart Students Mean Everything – The classes in every department are top notch. Even as a freshman, your biggest lectures will be 30 people, and once you're out of intro level courses your classes are almost entirely seminars. The intellectual level of the discussions is unbelievable. It's the type of school where you want to ask all your friends for class recommendations, because there are too many amazing professors to choose from. It's nice that your fellow students will help you learn, whether in class or out. People are smart and cooperative instead of competitive.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Three "Fraternities" – We have three "fraternities," but they aren't nationally recognized and are hardly noticeable on campus. They host events sometimes, but they definitely aren't stereotypical frats.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: Spotty Internet Access – The computers and printers on campus are fine, but the wireless internet access isn't great. Usually students use ethernet cables in their rooms to connect rather than use wireless.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Not many people have cars on campus, so those who do have plenty of space in the parking lots and garages.

5 College Junior

Weather: It is hard to beat the weather in Southern California. Pomona has great weather all year and you can sit out in the sun and study for most of the year.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great Professors – As a history major, I have had the opportunity to take classes with a lot of great professors. They are all very helpful and always willing to talk to you outside of class.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe, Not Great Health Services – The campus security is great. I always feel safe on campus. The health services, while convenient, are not very impressive.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Very Smooth Process – The financial aid office is very helpful and is always willing to review your account and go over any questions you have.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Okay, as a minority student, I can say that it is not all that bad. However, there are people at this school who have never really chilled with a black person before. I think it's interesting to teach them. I do have to say that some of my friends feel like they are on display sometimes. Pomona does have diversity, and people are accepting. It's just that it is really easy to default back to what you are used to. Personally, I have friends of many ethnicities. At the same time, I know people who only hang out with the same race.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Need to Worry – Honestly, you really don't need a car at Pomona. I mean, if you really want to get off campus, use public transportation. If you really don't want to do that, you can just use a Zipcar. However, if none of those options suits you, then there are plently of parking spots in the parking structures. The best way to get to classes is walking (or a bike).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: What more can I say about the academics at Pomona? Yes, the classes are difficult, but not impossible to handle. The professors are nice and really want to help you. They are there to help, so use them! The classes are small generally. There are different lecture styles at Pomona. You just have to find professors to suit your learning style.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Now, one thing I will complain about the village is the fact that everything closes SO early- like around 8. The village is overpriced-but it is cute. Don't expect a college town. However, the bus/train station is right there, so if you need a break from Claremont, you can always head into LA.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Wow, so the boys at this school are tiny. If you are looking for the jock body type, then you better look for CMC boys. However, the boys at Pomona are really smart. They are able to have deep conversations with you after 12 the morning. (I know from experience.) Now, I will admit that some people have their quirks, but that's just how people at Pomona are. They are caring and supportive.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Student Body – The girls are gorgeous, outgoing, and smart. The guys are intelligent, good-looking, and fun.


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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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