Claremont, CA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: To be honest, I found Pomona College to be very progressive in its views about diversity in hindsight. The administration was extremely supportive and encouraged students to bring up concerns, hold educational awareness events, and engage in social justice oriented activities. That being said, there would be both protect that the administration was not progressive enough while simultaneously, there would be the occasional backlash against the perceived excessive political correctness of the administration. But that is the beauty of Pomona College -- students were fully engaged in the well-being of their campus and the college more than allowed them to speak up and advocate for their views. They want their students to feel empowered. This is not the typical trait of a college administration. Once you enter the "real world", the relative intolerance, level of ignorance, and dismissal of opinions of youth is shocking even to the most conservative Pomona College student. There is always room for improvement for all forms of diversity, but Pomona College definitely did a fabulous job upholding very high standards.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: You would be hard pressed to find a more diverse student body in a small liberal arts college.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a decent amount of diversity on campus, but I would like to see more. For a small school we have a good number of international students and you can definitely tell that the school works hard to attract students from various religious, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Our campus is also very open and accepting, so students of all sexual orientations can feel comfortable anywhere on campus. The only thing I think lacking on campus is diversity of political beliefs. I am liberal and coming from a very conservative high school thought that I would enjoy being at a predominantly liberal... Yeah it's cool but it cuts out any chances of dialogue between different groups and points of views which I don't really like.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I've found Pomona to be really diverse. I've made close friends from all socioeconomic and racial groups, but beyond these identities, all of my friends are so different and unique. I've gained a lot of perspective from them.

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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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 101st
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1295th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Pomona's numbers concerning campus diversity come out looking pretty good, but the majority of students doesn't feel that the school is really all that diverse. Lack of socioeconomic variance and a prevalence of ideological conformity tend to account for this impression. Pomona does have a good representation of different ethnicities, and it is very accepting of its students, regardless of their background or views. Many, however, wish that there could be a better representation as far as experience goes. Black or white, gay or straight, most Pomona kids come from upper-middle-class suburban American backgrounds, and as such, their differences are viewed by many as only skin deep.

Students here fall pretty safely in the middle of most spectra. They tend to think what college students are supposed to think, do what they do, say what they say, and so on. This is not necessarily a bad thing; Pomona's environment is amazingly comfortable for many students, and there are many wonderful, unique people here. However, there is an easy way to define diversity and a hard way, and Pomona tends to opt for the former. We all know diversity is "good," but often it is far simpler to throw a bone to the dogs of political correctness than it is to let loose the dogs of culture-clash.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 9%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 7%
Gay Pride
Generally, Pomona is a very accepting environment; there is a QRC (Queer Resource Center), a queer and questioning club, and there are many queer-sponsored activities on campus. Most gay students do not find discrimination to be a major factor in their lives.
Political Activity
Pomona is a hotbed of student protest. There is nearly always someone protesting something. From poor worker conditions in the dining hall to the sale of the Bernard Field Station to a biotech institute, Pomona students stay active politically, and they are excellent enactors of the motto: "Think globally, act locally."
Economic Status
Pretty rich, generally. You won't, however, find a bunch of old-moneyed, Eastern snobs here. Instead, you will find a bunch of new-moneyed, Western snobs cleverly, but imperfectly, disguised as laid-back hippies.
Most Common Religions
Most Pomona students are either Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a lot of minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 62% Liberal
  • 25% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 16 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 6% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 94% Very accepting.
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