Claremont, CA
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Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I can't speak on the athetics because we were a Division III school and sports never were a part of my college experience.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't huge, but they get support

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are not much of a thing at Pomona. It is first and foremost an academic institution. Our mascot is a sagehen. Almost all of are teams are a made up of students from Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. The only time any real support is seen at a game is when we play against the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps team. However, the gym is suitable and easily accessible for non-athletes. The P.E. classes are diverse and can be taken at any of the 5 Claremont Undergraduates Colleges. Some examples are Karate, Horseback Riding, Archery, various types of yoga, Swimming, Sword Tai-Chi, Zumba, and Playground Games. Pomona itself has two pools, many tennis courts, a track, soccer, baseball, and football fields. Almost everyone is active in some kind of recreational or intramural physical activity, from weight-lifting to ultimate frisbee to parkour.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are DIII but some of our teams are pretty d*** talented. Like our swimming team is pretty awesome. There isn't much school spirit in terms of sports, but the students that do support the athletes do a pretty darn good job.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are moderately competitive and very fun in the SCIACs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 147th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1187th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

As a small Division III school, Pomona doesn't put that much emphasis on athletics. Some of the sports are taken pretty seriously, however, particularly football, baseball, basketball, track, soccer, and rugby. The varsity athletes do get very involved in their sports and are often somewhat cliquish, but general student support and interest are relatively low. Athletes tend to attend the games of other athletes. Some intramural sports, such as ultimate Frisbee and inner tube water polo, generate a fair amount of excitement, as well.

If it is important to you that you be worshipped on the basis of your athletic might and main, then don't come to Pomona. You will not be worshipped. You might be some coach's sweaty dream embodied, but don't let him or her trick you into thinking sports here are all that important. Most students care about as much for sports as they do for any club or activity that they aren't involved in. "Polite disinterest" would be a good way to characterize their feelings. No one's going to look down on you for grunting and knocking heads with your testosterone-dripping cronies, but they aren't likely to ask for a signed jock strap either. That being said, Pomona has a perfectly respectable athletic program for a Division III school, and there are plenty of opportunities for sports at the college. Football is really the only sport that gets any recruiting power, though.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Cecil the Sagehen
Men Playing Varsity Sports
144 - 19%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
78 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Roller hockey (men's)
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Foosball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Pool/billiards
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Rains Center for Sport and Recreation
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, football, rugby, and soccer
School Spirit
Pomona students are happy, and they generally like their college, but they tend not to be all that fanatical about it. Although a disturbingly large amount of them get married on campus (generally some years after graduating—it's not that kind of school), the school is decidedly lacking in pep. People don't get that excited about sports, nor our ratings (although every time they climb, we get a little more hopeful about our prospects for getting hired). This isn't because there's anything wrong with Pomona; rather, it's just that Pomona is so laid-back. Why get worked up? We like our school, but we're not going to shove it down your throat.
Getting Tickets
Not necessary
Best Place to Take a Walk
South Campus—around the track and the nature preserve

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 61% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 71% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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