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Reviews 338 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Claremont McKenna's party scene is often unsafe (especially for women), but apart from that, the Claremont Colleges are a generally safe environment. Campus safety is present but not intrusive. Like all colleges, Pomona is still struggling to address sexual assault better, but tools like Callisto help it do a much better job than most other places. If you hear a lot about sexual assault problems at Pomona, it's mostly because we hold it to a higher standard than the student bodies of many other schools.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The classes tend to be very small, which is an incredible plus—it makes the learning so much more engaging than a giant lecture. The professors range in quality as they would at any school, but on the whole they are extremely smart, passionate, and competent.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni network is smaller than the network from a larger school, but it's also much tighter and includes some pretty big names. A Pomona degree will get you places.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Pomona is two thirds singles. That's basically unheard of anywhere else and is super nice. The quality of the dorms ranges from fine to outstanding.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Don't come here for the athletics. The facilities are adequate, but it's just not the focus of campus life.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Don't be deceived by the lack of name recognition—Pomona has a strong claim to offering the best undergraduate education of anywhere in the world.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are huge! As a freshman you have the option to have your own room! The school does a great job in making sure there is enough beds on campus for every student who wants it. The dorms are beautiful and spacious and most of the time you live by your friends!

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is not exactly stressed as much. A lot of athletes are taking challenging courses and the coaches understand that academics is first priority. There are indeed basketball games when the whole school turns out for the game. But we are a small school so student involvement is not the biggest.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you like a small liberal arts college, it is the best one on the West Coast! Just check the ratings! Forbes and US News and World Report.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is not well known by its name, but those who need to know- know all about Ponoma College. Grad schools and employers love Pomona grads.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe campus. You still have to lock your bike or shut your door or things can go missing, mostly I think from non students who wonder on campus. People refer to it as the Claremont bubble.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Big rooms. Sponsor groups for all freshman, so you have an instant family of 18 students, 2 who are sophomores and can help with the transition and answer questions about everything. Many become friends for life. The dorms are great, some have air conditioning, those that do not can get hot, bring a fan.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It is a DIV 3 school. Sports are important, but academics come first.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The students are highly intelligent, curious, friendly, and passionate. Besides doing well in their classes, the students are involved in many activities including community service. They are making a difference wherever they go. I visited my older brother four times a year and fell in love with this school. I applied ED1. I like that I can also take classes at the other 4 Claremont colleges. Classes are small and engaging and the professors are available and interested in all of their students. The weather is great too.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I am dry and drug-free, and I didn't hang out with people who partied like this.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally have not felt threatened so far during my time here. However, I've been told that the rate of sexual assault is pretty high here, although I don't know the exact percentage.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like the variety of courses Pomona has to offer. Some of the professors assign too much homework though. Aside from that, I like the professors as well. They make sure they are available for everyone who needs to meet with them and a re extremely willing to help students with whatever problems they may have.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am just a freshman, so I don't known too much about this part, but I do know that Pomona alumni end up almost anywhere you can think of. I can be halfway across the world and find a Pomona alum. A degree is highly valued from here, especially now that Pomona has bee listed as the #1 College in America by Forbes.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's fine: lots of space and cleaned weekly. We have a huge ant problem though, but at least they are only sugar ants (harmless) and not fire ants.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is no cut-policy, so anyone who wants to try out can freely do so without a requirement of experience. As for the PE classes, there is a nice variety of those. The classes range from martial arts such as aikido, shotokan karate and tai chi to playground games.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pretty great so far: lots of interesting courses, amazing extracurriculars, multiple support groups. There are some classes (mainly humanities courses) in which there are unrealistic amounts of reading that needs to be done by next class session. Aside from that, I love it here!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Incredible academics with small class sizes with some of the friendliest and most approachable professors I've ever encountered. Students here are motivated, incredibly intelligent, creative, and most come from fascinating backgrounds.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have gotten awesome internships and a post-grad job through campus resources.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: i have loved every professor I have had.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

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Just about any Pomona student will tell you that they truly enjoyed their college experience. And it's not just the free booze that makes Pomona one of the happiest colleges in the country. While it certainly helps, the booze alone couldn't make everyone so darn genuinely happy, day in and day out. After all, some people don't even drink, and they seem just as happy as everyone else. It's not the location, either. The classes are good, and the professors are great, and that certainly plays its part, and it's an open, friendly campus, which is nice. But there is some other factor that makes people like this place so much. There are some people who are dead set on hating it. Why, you might wonder, do they go in the first place? One reason is parental pressure. Another is students, who by the end, have to grudgingly admit that they have enjoyed themselves. They might still claim that they don't have an affectionate place in their heart for their alma mater, but they can't deny that the experience was worthwhile.

The question is, "Why are Pomona students so unabashedly jolly?" There are only two feasible answers. One, they drug the water here. Unlikely, perhaps, but maybe Pomona is the site of a modern day governmental experiment in mass mind control. Barring that, it must be that people here just really like the people they go to college with. Are Pomona students better people than other selective liberal arts college students? Probably not. However, Pomona puts a great deal of stress on allowing people space to find their own way of doing things, both socially and academically. Sometimes, this is frustrating, sometimes people pine after the lost structure of high school and family life, but in the end, with the amount of freedom students are granted, they end up somewhere they want to be. Now if only everyone could get jobs.

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