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College Junior

Majors: You apply to Pomona College, not a particular major. What you want to major in does not influence your chances of getting in, and you can switch majors very easily after matriculating. The most important criteria for admissions are your transcript and your test scores- if you can't demonstrate that you can handle the work ethic at Pomona, it doesn't matter if you're a celebrity or can write the best essays in the country- you won't be accepted.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The Molecular Biology major is an interdisciplinary biology and chemistry program offered at Pomona. The facilities for the department and the professors are exceptional, and the major is unique in that it requires an experimental research thesis from all of the majors. In addition, there's an opportunity to study abroad at the University College of London and conduct research there, which I'm fairly sure is unique among any other institution that sends graduates to UCL. MoBio students have done exceedingly well in receiving distinctions such as Goldwaters and Churchill scholarships. The only problem is that the department is rather large, constituting around 8% of the student body, so classes may not be as small as they would be at another school.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors expect a lot from their students, but will help you in ways that exceed what you might expect. Individualized tutoring, intimate conversations, invitations to their homes or for a meal, going out of their way to make sure you succeed. Of course, you will have to put in the work and determination, but there's no one better to struggle with your work than with a Pomona professor.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pomona's unique feature is that it is an exceptional liberal arts college located in one of the most complex and substantial metropolitan areas, as well as a top notch consortium (the Claremont Colleges). Why go to Williams/Amherst/Bowdoin/other top east coast LACs when you can enjoy a similar LAC experience with friendlier students, perpetual sunshine, access to Los Angeles, and the resources attributed to a mid-sized university?

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: One of the most beautiful colleges in the country. It's a crime that it never is listed in the most beautiful colleges (especially since its peer Scripps, which looks quite similar, is included in the lists). The campus has a rather distinctive architectural style, with a combination of Mission Revival and Modern architecture. Architecturally, it doesn't compare to schools like USC or Yale in terms of detail, but the lush green campus, the lack of truly ugly buildings (only one really comes to mind), and the cleanliness makes for a different experience. Every time I return I find myself awed by how pretty it is here. Also, the facilities are highly up to date, in sheer contrast from schools like Vassar and Scripps, which also have a great image on the outside but are rather lackluster on the inside.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people at Pomona aren't the best looking, but they're wonderful human beings. Complex, compassionate, friendly, hard-working, passionate- these are traits that resonate over and over with the people here.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Internships are easy to find through Pomona's PCIP and SIP programs; over 200 students benefit from these programs each year. The Los Angeles Metropolitan is home to 18 million people and opportunities in just about every discipline and business, so identifying an internship site is pretty easy. Your own initiative really matters, however- don't expect Pomona to find these opportunities for you. The only problem is that traffic can be a nightmare to deal with and can take up more time than one would like.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: One of the best undergraduate experiences in the country, and superlative in just about every way. Once you choose and experience a school, it's easy to find faults in it, but comparing my experiences with friends at other top tier schools, such as Williams, University of Chicago, and Yale, has made me realize how privileged we are here. The overall experience here can't be beat, and it's probably why we have one of the highest retention rates- it's difficult to find a better place.

Some defining features of Pomona:

-Nurturing and rigorous academics, with slight grade inflation

-Great pre-professional opportunities to fund internships and summer research

-Wonderful weather and location- LA is a huge asset and is very accessible

-The Claremont College- the strongest collection of undergraduate institutions in the country

-A student body that is diverse and inclusive; race and class tensions are basically non-existent

-A huge endowment that makes it possible for students from any background to attend here

-Sterling reputation among graduate schools and fellowships

-Incredible facilities and gorgeous campus

-A great culture for art, dance, music, and theater

-Everyone is incredibly friendly and on the whole the students are laid-back

Some things Pomona could improve on:

-The alumni network. Pomona wasn't at the same caliber 20 years ago. This is changing rapidly, and you can also network with the Claremont Colleges

-Increasing political diversity and recognition on campus

-Indoor athletic facilities are rather lacking but changes are coming soon

-Some departments are in trouble and rather full due to student demand, such as math, biology, and CS.

-A more inclusive culture for mental health; sometimes the pervading culture of happiness prevents individual, important experiences from being said. This is a problem at every elite institution, however.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are tough, but I've found that determination goes a long way. Academic difficulty is not compounded by hyper-competitiveness or an overwhelming amount of students, even though studying itself is tough!

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Claremont is cute, but you'd have to drive to get anywhere more vibrant. However, I generally enjoy the events on campus and Pomona's Event Coordinating committee makes a HUGE effort to get (often weekly) tickets to events they provide subsidized tickets for and transportation to/from!! :)

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Although Pomona's food is good, I often find myself going to other 5C colleges because I prefer their food a little more (Scripps brunch!!) but overall, we're so fortunate to have such good food.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are intelligent, interesting, kind, and personable. Girls are smart, funny, and warm. Love the people here, and their attractiveness makes me want to be a better person too.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Academic honesty, especially in the Computer Science department, is taken VERY seriously.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is so spacious and the sponsor system makes it so that i'm living with a hall of people I am very compatible with.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Very easy to go to the Village to get food! My favorites are the Thai and Crepes restaurants.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pomona has great education about sexual assault, and resources for victims as well as for students so we can all help each other.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I wake up everyday, grateful for the accessible opportunities here.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pomona gave me so much money, and I'm very grateful.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've heard, Pomona even helps pay for some of it if students are forced to live off-campus because of too many students who need to live on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I feel I'm getting a better education here than I would've at somewhere like Harvard. The professors are all insanely intelligent and passionate about their fields. Most are also very good at teaching, although there is some amount of variation. Having smaller classes is really great for facilitating engaging learning.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus, since the on-campus housing is better and cheaper than anything off campus. It also makes it a lot easier to get involved with campus events.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pomona has a beautiful and well-maintained campus, and everything is compact enough that it's easy to get around.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you want to live in a single, it's fairly easy to get one. Many people live in friendship suites after their first year. The quality of the dorms is good--some don't have air conditioning, but they tend to be aesthetically gorgeous, so you can't really go wrong.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many people at Pomona would find it offensive that this prompt is heteronormative and refers only to appearances as opposed to personality. That said, there are plenty of physically attractive people on campus. Regarding relationships, there is a dominant hook-up scene, but some long-term couples do exist.

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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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