Pomona, CA
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Reviews 53 total reviews with an average rating of 3.0

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College Sophomore

Athletics: we don't have sports at the university as far as i know

College Sophomore

Transportation: I cant review the transportation since i have a car and never had to take public transportation.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Western University is an amazing university however the area isn't a safe area. There were multiple shootings last year (2012-2013 school year). In terms of cost, its not to expensive to live/dine around the school

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's no campus housing, but there are apartment complexes located right next to campus. There's the Metropolitan, the Helix (more modern complex), and they're currently building a new complex right on campus as of spring 2013. I haven't lived in any of these complexes, but from what I hear from classmates who have, it can be rather pricey for an area that's not worth it.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: everyone's too busy with school to be taking drugs.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Downtown Pomona is what it is. In my opinion, the school does a decent job in doing its best to keep us safe. Irregardless, the neighborhood has a lot of bums, beggars, and pretty ghetto people. Cars get broken into every year, literally, and often police chases nearby.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no Greed Life at this campus. This is not undergrad.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: This is a medical school. It is highly selective regarding who can get in and the programs require students to pass a background check. There are no "seedy types" on campus. We are studying to become doctors, and so the only drug use is for learning purposes or when we prescribe drugs for patients.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Students buy and bring their own laptops to school. However, there are a few, sparse computers around mostly so that students can print documents or quickly check something on the internet.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Pomona is more inland so the weather tends to be a little more extreme compared to the cities further west and closer to the coastline. It can get extremely hot and dry here during the warmer months, although it's very cold inside classrooms because they just blast the A/C all the time. It's usually very bright and sunny and it rarely rains. Sunscreen and sunglasses highly recommended.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the college of optometry and I've been extremely happy with my experiences at the school so far. The faculty are all very nice and well-versed in the field. Many if not all of them are excellent mentors and they treat you more like peers rather than just students.The environment in our college is less competitive and more supportive. Our college significantly encourages socializing and bonding among students and staff, which in turn facilitates an open and friendly environment for everyone.

Our building is the newest, so the facilities are new and up-to-date with technological advances in the field. We share the building with a couple of the other colleges. The workload is rigorous and can get very hectic, but is manageable if you budget your time well. There's always help available from faculty and students help each other out a lot, even between the different graduating classes. We get an OD buddy from the year ahead of us to act as our mentor if we have any questions.

Our college provides many opportunities to network, but you have to be actively involved. There are many associations you can join and the college is very good at notifying us of informational meetings and conferences.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's no evidence at all of a drug scene on campus. Everyone here is training to be a health professional so I doubt anyone would currently be on drugs...Besides, everyone's too busy studying to pay attention to anything else. Social drinking happens off campus as a way to blow off steam and socialize with peers. The student population is a 21+ crowd, so there's no underage drinking here.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Paid parking. You can get the annual or semester permits as well as daily permits. Permit costs for semester and annual are around $250-$450, but annual permits are the better deal. The parking structure is right next to campus and Patient Care Center, so it's very convenient. It can get crowded in the structure, but I've never had problems finding a spot. There are parking lots around campus as well as some free parking nearby, but the parking structure is the most convenient. Cars parked outside have been broken into and stolen from on many accounts, so like in any parking lot never leave valuables out in the open...

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't too many choices for off-campus dining around campus. There are some, but variety is very limited. If you want something else, you have to drive to it. Chino Hills nearby is a nicer area and offers a bit more on the food scene.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: The school's located in the heart of downtown Pomona so there are a few bars and restaurants nearby, but the pickings are slim. Many students commute to Los Angeles for the club scene, which is about 30 minutes away. Downtown Fullerton is also another favorite for the bar and nightlife scene, also more or less 30 minutes away. You need a car to get around anywhere in Southern California. This is a commuter and health professional school, so there are no frat houses nearby to party, but some students do throw social gatherings at their homes.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: In general, there's a very diverse student population. There's a wide spectrum of age on campus, from single 20s crowd to those who already have families and grown kids. Very ethnically diverse student population, although there's notably a lot of Asians. Most of the student population is from the area (Southern California).

Guy to girl ratio depends on the college. My college (optometry) has a higher percentage of girls than guys. I'd estimate 70% female. There's a wide range of personalities here, from the party people to the more laid back quiet types. People are generally friendly on campus. This is a health professional school, so it's safe to assume that the student population is very smart.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: This is largely a commuter school; most if not everyone drives or carpools here. Distance from school is very important when considering where to live. Traffic to school can vary greatly depending if you're going against or with traffic regardless of distance. I advise living within 10 miles of campus to avoid the headache of SoCal traffic and to save money on gas.

No campus transportation is available. There's local transportation, but Southern California's public transportation system isn't known for being stellar. Plus the city the school's located in (Pomona, CA) is generally very shady and ghetto so I'd advise against public transportation or walking around the city alone. You definitely need a car to get around anywhere because SoCal's public transportation is pretty much nonexistent. The campus is located about 10 minutes away from an airport (Ontario airport), so if you need a rental, it's nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Given a certain amount of free printing every semester which is convenient until it runs out, internet speed and reliability depends on the building you are on but the Tech people are pretty good about trying to fix and bad spots

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is for students 21+. There are mostly bars.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is not too feasible. Most students drive and pay for parking.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking sometimes is a hassle. There are limited reserved parking for students.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The personnel at the financial aid office are very understanding and helpful.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The student center and library are great places to study. The campus has an old town feel. It is very relaxing to sit in the courtyards.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It is near the Fairplex which hosts lots of cultural and fun events.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Excellent University to attend. This university has an excellent and challenging Physician Assistant program.

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