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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard counseling is hard to get sometimes

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.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is pretty mediocre and the closest hospital for serious emergencies is a good distance away. The psychological center is quite nice, however. Overall, I'd rate Health a C.

Safety is a huge priority at Pomona with blue emergency lights all over campus, and a lot of precautions for emergencies such as earthquakes. Crime is usually limited to bike stealing and inappropriate remarks by local high schoolers. As a result, Pomona students can become a little bit too trusting of the scene. Most leave their doors unlocked and are willing to open the residence door for shady folks who are not actually going to college, which causes the more serious but rare burglaries. Nonetheless, crime is extremely rare and Campus Safety does a good job in letting students know of crime. I would rate this an A.

Overall, a solid B.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We had a small incident earlier this year at the Claremont Colleges in which someone threw rocks into the windows of the dorms and dining hall of CMC but nothing has happened recently at Pomona except bike theft.

I, as a female junior, feel very safe on campus, even walking alone at decent hours of the night. Upon arrival, we were given whistles to attach to our lanyards to use in case of an emergency. There is a $100 fine if it is needlessly blown, so Campus Security takes it very seriously if they hear one. This wonderful group of men and women patrol the campuses at night in golf carts and are just a phone call away (from your personal cell phone or one of the emergency blue light phones we have around campus) from picking you up all the way on the north end of Claremont McKenna and driving you back to your dorm on the south end of Pomona at any time of the night in case you don't feel safe walking that far alone or if it's just too cold. The campus security member who picked me up was very friendly and not awkward at all.

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  • 53rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 350th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 995th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Pomona security officers are generally laid-back, eager to help, and loathe to make your—and thus their—lives more difficult. They are far more likely to warn you than cite you for most minor infractions. Most of them want to be your friend, and it's hard to be friends with someone who's all up in your "bidness"! One particularly gregarious guard even used to lead rap freestyles at parties.

Pomona is a safe campus; there are hardly ever any incidents (except for bike theft—no one knows who steals all the bikes, but whoever it is must have a garage the size of an airplane hangar to hold all the spare parts they've accumulated), and when there are incidents, the security officers usually respond promptly and professionally. Sometimes, the administration does get a little too concerned with currying student favor to perform their duties to the fullest. Student escorts are available for those who don't wish to travel the campus alone at night, and cab rides home from the surrounding area for drunk students are free with a college ID.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 47
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Campus Security
252 East 11th Street
(909) 607-2000
Safety Services
  • Safe Rides program
  • Student Escort Service provides rides to students who do not wish to walk home alone: (909) 607-2000
Health Center
Student Health Service
Student Services Center, 757 College Way, Claremont
(909) 621-8222
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services and urgent care
  • Basic screening and testing
  • Confidential HIV testing
  • Dermatology
  • Free appointments
  • Immunizations
  • Medical supplies
  • Medications (prescriptions and over the counter)
  • Minor surgery (suturing, wart removal)
  • Physical exams
  • STD testing
  • Women's health (annual exam including pap smear, contraception, and counseling)
  • X-ray and lab services
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 18 responses

  • 29% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Dorm safety
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 17 responses

  • 65% High quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 82% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 18% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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