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Claremont, CA
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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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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great options ranging from organic and super-healthy to pepperoni pizza.
Love the dining halls!

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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.

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)

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Two of Pomona's dining halls, Frary and Oldenborg, get constant chastisement for serving "mediocre" food and not having much variety (seriously, you will see Rotisserie Chicken ALL the time at Frary's Expo and you will wish for something else).

Then why the A+? Because Pomona students are SERIOUSLY spoiled in terms of food. I know when I came to prospee weekend I thought Frary had the best food I've tasted in a college dorm, and it can't be that Frary turned things up a notch because it was the same food as I eat now. When I host prospective students and take them to either place, they are always gushing about the food and can't believe it when I say they're two of the Claremont College's least favorite dining halls. Frary and Oldenborg are an 8/10 for college dining standards.

The other dining halls are FANTASTIC, especially Frank at Pomona, Hoch-Shanahan at Harvey Mudd, and Mallot at Scripps. Harvey Mudd's food has often times left me in tears (not really, but still) for how flavorful and good the food is. Frank puts a lot of soul and spirit in their food- whenever you see a themed dinner, like Thanksgiving, GO TO FRANK. Scripps has taught me that vegetarian food can be incredibly good, and their grilled chicken is seriously the best.

McConnell at Pitzer and Collins at CMC are quite good- somewhere in the middle of the other dining halls. Collins World Wok is amazing.

Having 7 dining halls accessible to you is seriously the best thing ever. You'll never get sick of the food. If you do, did you know that you get $80-240 to use on an on-campus eatery (5 of them), such as cheese sticks and milkshakes at the Coop Fountain at Pomona, organic sandwiches at Grove House at Pitzer, and coffee and biscotti at the Motley Coffee House at Scripps? Most of them are open quite late too- Harvey Mudd's closes at 2 AM!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 77th
    Best Quality Food
  • 84th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 103rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 114th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The quality of campus food service is a common target for complaint and ridicule among students, but Pomona actually does a pretty good job. No, it's not gourmet, nor probably even commensurate with your dear mother's cooking, but Pomona's dining halls offer a large variety of dining options. Students particularly laud the design-your-own meals, which range from pizza to stir-fry and have become more and more of a fixture in recent years. The option of attending the other colleges' dining halls also provides some needed variety. The dining hall staff also goes to great lengths, unfortunately with very mixed results, to meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions.

Pomona dining inspires mixed reviews. There are a staggering amount of options, but you get a nagging feeling that the food just isn't that fresh. However, preparing meals, day in and day out, for 1,400 hungry students with a whole slew of dietary preferences and restrictions must be a staggering task. There is a good dynamic between Frary and Frank dining halls, the former being an enormous, cathedral-esque hall, the latter being far more modern and varied in design. Vegetarians and vegans certainly won't starve, though they may end up eating a lot of plain pasta and bagels. Nightly "Snack," a sort of ad-hoc meal each weeknight from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, not only provides late-night sustenance, but serves as a sort of social event, as well. One thing you can definitely say for the dining hall staff is that they try very hard to mix things up. However, they are consistently inconsistent, which can at times be very frustrating for an on-campus diner.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5650 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Frank Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Omelets
  • Smoothies
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Snack at Frary
Student Favorites
The Coop Fountain
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Eating at other campuses—Collins (the CMC dining hall) and Mallot Commons (the Scripps dining hall) are particular favorites.
Did You Know?
  • Pomona's Frary Dining Hall is graced with a giant mural by Jose Orozco of Prometheus. The giant, fire-bringing half-god is pictured writhing amidst all sorts of dark and portentous figures, one of whom resembles a fetal fawn with a baby's head—just what students want to see when they're eating. In the '50s, when it was painted, the college officials were worried about female students seeing ol' Prometheus's package, and so they had it painted over. To this day, Prometheus, without whom none of us would have fire, remains emasculated.
  • Many students tout the merits of sneaking into Frank Dining Hall, which merely requires scaling a five-foot wall out back. Yes, it's easy (except when the back door is being guarded), but remember that crime doesn't pay. Unless you are really, really hungry and have no other options for obtaining sustenance. In that case, a good argument could be made for it paying.
  • It's also possible to sneak into Frary Dining Hall during off hours, but it requires scaling buildings and shimmying through ducts, and when you finally get in, all the food is locked away anyway.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Frank Dining Hall
Location: South Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Frary Dining Hall
Location: North Campus
Food: Varied, vegetarian options
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Oldenborg Dining Hall
Location: Mid-Campus
Food: International
Hours: Monday–Friday 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Student Polls

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