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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pomona College is extremely special. It's honestly the people here that make the school, but the good weather doesn't hurt. :) A large majority of the students here are open-minded, extremely intelligent, fun, laid-back, and passionate. There are tons of opportunities to get active on campus and it's really hard to be bored here. One of my favorite parts about Pomona is that there's pretty much a community for everyone here.. and if there isn't, you can start one. When I say "community" I mean the various mentor groups on campus, sports groups, music groups, art groups... and its really easy to be fluid in them, too. The food is pretty good too. And the dorms are huge. I'm going into my junior year and I have yet to have a roommate. :)

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have yet to go to Pomona but from what I have heard, I think the experience will be great!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've loved my time at Pomona so far. I've met some of the best people in the world. I couldn't be happier with the college I go to. I can't wait to get back.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As strong a statement as it is, you could very plausibly argue that Pomona offers the best undergraduate liberal arts education of any undergraduate institution in the world. Practically no other college can offer its students as many resources (thanks both to the 7C consortium and to its massive endowment) while still maintaining the level of individual attention and sense of community characteristic of small colleges. The campus culture is among the most supportive, collaborative, inclusive, open, and in general healthy of any college of which I am aware. That's not even to mention the excellent location, beautiful weather, great food/dorms/campus, and a number of other quality of life factors.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've met the most caring, smart and weird individuals at Pomona and I wouldn't change that for anything. Everyone finds their group of people and it works out perfectly.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing. Pomona is a very, very happy go-lucky place for most students. Incredible academics and job opportunities, filled with incredibly smart, talented, interesting, and friendly individuals, and the administration has more money than they know what to do with. Even though we are a small liberal arts college, the consortium makes us feel like a small to medium-sized university. There are of course some downsides, like any college, but for the most part I can't imagine being happier anywhere else.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni network is not as big as some schools, but incredibly strong - Pomona alums LOVE to hire Pomona students. And although a Pomona degree but not be as well-recognized as a Ivy League degree, Pomona hand-feeds us enough resources to pretty much guarantee success to one degree or another.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most students are very liberal and non-religious. Racially and socio-economically, we are very diverse for a liberal arts school.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Incredible, just incredible. Small class sizes, challenging yet manageable courseloads. But the best part by far has to be the professors. Each one is incredibly dedicated to teaching students and almost all make an effort to know all their students. Most professors will get lunch with you, all you have to do is ask. Many invite them over to their houses. And all of them, when approached, will help you with whatever material you need help with until you have a complete understanding of the material.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People all dress their own way and nobody really cares what you wear. Some people go to class barefoot or in their pajamas, some people dress up pretty nicely for day-to-day affairs. Some people have very unique styles and we're incredible diverse in terms of dress. Looks-wise, objectively speaking, we're okay.

But as for personality: everybody at Pomona is either incredibly, incredibly smart, or incredibly, incredibly interesting - and I'd even say most people are both, and everybody seems to have their own unique story. People are generally very friendly and pretty outgoing. There is a hint of quirkiness and awkwardness about us, but to be honest we're probably surprisingly "normal" compared to many other top liberal arts colleges. The majority of people I've met are very laidback and non-judgemental. Many people are driven yet there's no hyper-competitiveness you find at other top schools, it's all collaborative. Very, very liberal student attitude. Incredibly diverse range of personalities and interests. Only downside is that there's a lot of wealthy, sheltered kids here.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safer walking on campus than I feel walking anywhere else.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very nice gym - three power racks, plenty of space for free weights, tons of dumbbells, lot of machines. Plenty of basketball courts, two pools (and more on the other campuses), and tons of open fields that are well-maintained but hardly used so you always have a place to go kick a ball around.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party scene is quite diverse and inconsistent - with weekends ranging from incredible to pretty sh***y. The good news is that there's an enormous variety of different types of people on campus - ranging from raging frat wannabes, to radical counter-culture kids, to chill individuals who just wanna kickback with a couple beers with friends. Parties usually consist of pre-gaming in rooms with friends or small dorm parties, and then migrating out to a big consortium-wide dance party on any of the five campuses, which often but not always has a theme. These dance parties are hosted by the administration, which has their ups and downs. This means parties are very safe, kept exclusively for college kids, free beer, and gets rid of any social hierarchy required for party entry. Downsides are a lack of spontaneity in party culture and also inconsistency: even though security is pretty damn lenient, if things get too chaotic or rowdy things get shut down quick. Some weekends, mostly first semester, are incredible - with huge, generously-attended parties (several hundreds of people sometimes) three or four nights in a row. Other weekends are complete busts, with nothing but some kickbacks with no more than a few dozen people Thursday and Friday with a lower-key party on Saturday. But even though the party scene isn't as good as some other schools, the fact that I'm surrounded with so many incredibly interesting and fun people makes the lower-key party scene worthwhile.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Village is about three minutes walking distance from freshmen housing and filled with lots of cute places to eat with a variety of different foods. Food is always incredible there. Only problem is that it's more on the expensive side, and also there's no late-night places to eat within walking distance.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus security is amazing. They are incredibly relaxed when it comes to harmless antics like alcohol possession or general college-kid mischief but are always right on the case whenever there is any kind of serious or dangerous offense. RAs are reasonable, maybe on the stricter side for freshmen but usually they only investigate if people are being really loud, and incredibly relaxed for most upperclassmen.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are essentially 7 difference dining halls to choose from due to the consortium, ranging from slightly above average to absolutely incredible - all but two of which are within no more than a 10 minutes' walk from the the furthest point on Pomona's campus. Pomona actually has the weaker dining halls in the consortium but that's not too hard considering how amazing the other campus's food is. And since all five campuses have the same meal plan system it's not a problem. There are also several pretty good cafe/grill-type places around campus which can be paid either with real money or by "flex" (between 160 and 240 dollars that Pomona gives you every semester for food).

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't receive enough money at first, so I called the financial aid office and they gave me a very generous offer. They make it incredibly easy for a low-income to attend.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are okay (some buildings are older and some don't have AC but everything is totally livable), but upperclassmen dorms are absolutely incredible. Rooms are selected for freshmen using a pretty extensive survey system for roommate matching (around half of freshmen get roommates), and after that you get to choose your room using a luck-based lottery system which is about as fair as it can be (people who get poor rooms sophomore year will get great rooms their junior/senior year and vice versa).

5 College Junior

Diversity: It gets more and more diverse every year in terms of students of color, international students, and low income students! And the communities aren't completely separated out like they tend to be at other schools- each person is a valued part of this community.

5 College Junior

Academics: Absolutely the best thing about Pomona- the academics are SUPERLATIVE. The teachers are so caring and so passionate about what they teach and who they teach. You will learn so much and you will be so challenged, but it will never be at the expense of your own individuality and well-being. Your peers will be brilliant and inspiring, and because the work can be so rigorous at times, there's a huge capital on genuine collaboration. Furthermore, it's easy to do well here if you seek out the help of your classmates and professors, who are always available.

I'm not sure how Pomona compares to other liberal art colleges, but compared to research universities, it is leagues ahead. I went to Brown and while my courses were well-taught, there was no element of care or interest in them. This made for a learning experience that really did not satisfy me. When I transferred to Pomona, I was blown away by how receptive and accessible this community was. I was having hour long conversations with professors on things related to or outside the scope of the class every other day. I am so, so, so grateful to be here.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: It. is. beautiful. Jaw. droppingly. beautiful. It's basically a country club at the crux of an East-Coast heritage and a West-Coast Mediterranean aesthetic. The academic buildings are so well-maintained on the inside and outside. The research spaces are high-tech. There's a lot of charm and history to the dorms and the campus. Really- one of the best campuses in the country.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pomona is an incredible place to be. It's not perfect, and you'll definitely find people who will pick bones with our school, but as an Ivy League transfer to here, Pomona's just so much better than where I came from. The community- the students, the administration, the teachers- are more engaged, dynamic, and personable. The academics are life-changingly fantastic, and the professors work so hard to help you cultivate your own potential. There is so much opportunity here- funding to do whatever you want, an open canvas of a community to test and transform, and endless support in every way. The Claremont Colleges system is a fantastic asset to helping make a small school feel much bigger. The location is perfect; there is so much to do in Southern California that you would be hard pressed to find a place that offers a better backyard to explore within. The campus is gorgeous and the facilities are well-maintained. And in terms of diversity and friendliness of the student body? 50% students of color, 15% international students, 20% pell grant recipients? Pomona's at the top of the pack and it's only getting more and more diverse. I'm SO glad that I transferred to here. The Ivy League is overrated- liberal art colleges like Pomona provide a better experience.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Pomona degree is highly sought out and will open any door you want for graduate schools, fellowships, and professional schools. It is a coveted name brand in elite circles and will only continue to become more prestigious. Pomona alumni are in all sorts of elite fields, and the average salary of the graduates just keeps rising. The only reason it's not perfect is because Pomona is quite unknown to the general public. But it really won't matter- the quality of an education you get from here will serve you well in any context.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Love the student body! It's diverse, inclusive, and just a melting pot of all sorts of identities and personalities, all of which come to create a wonderfully complex community on campus. You'll see a lot of variety- no typical culture here. People might think that Pomona is more laid-back than its peer LACs due to its California location, but I don't think it is. It's a little bit more humble/mainstream than preppy New England schools, but students take their academics and their futures very, very seriously.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Claremont Village is restaurant-galore. There are so many incredible restaurants here like the Back Abbey, the Junction, and Viva Madrid. There are so many ethnic options: Pakistani, Mexican, Italian, Middle-Eastern, Thai, Chinese, you name it. The cost is pretty high for some restaurants, but others like Pie Street Pizza and Tikka Bowls are under $10 for a full meal. Overall, it's a great place to be. There's also a great farmer's market here every Sunday.

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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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