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Reviews 275 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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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.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Pomona's FA office can be awful at times, but they're a lot better than the horror stories of other FA officers I've heard at our peer schools. My advice is to not be afraid of appealing your financial aid package. They start off a bit stingy and wait for students to appeal to get more financial aid; once you do, you'll find Pomona to be among your cheapest options. It's a fight to get above the minimum, but it'll be worth it.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: I'm away from campus and can now really appreciate how good the dining halls are at the Claremont Colleges. It's not the best food I've ever had, but the food options are fresh, well-made, and bountiful in variety. Having access to 6 dining halls (no, Oldenborg doesn't count) is a great asset. But the other colleges, especially Mudd and Scripps, have better food on the whole than do those at Pomona, hence the 4 rating instead of a 5.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing is so great here. The dorms look like mini-palaces and have so much character like fireplaces and crown tiling. There are a lot of suite-style and two-room doubles, and housekeeping does an incredible job keeping the bathrooms and hall clean. There are some beautiful courtyards and great lounges too. I transferred from Brown to here and the dorms are SO much better.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the dorms and being close to everything. If you end up in a dorm without airconditioning, it can be a little rough and the beginning and end of the school year, but overall, it's really nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Village is within walking distance and has a ton of restaurants, and a lot more are within a short drive (might even still be considered walking distance)

2 College Freshman

Administration: They are lenient when it comes to parties, but in my experience going to them with a legitimate issue, they are very condescending.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You make of it what you want, there are students who like the small scene and others who like the idea of big frat parties, and you can find both easily if that's what you want

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is incredible! They gave me a significantly better package than I could have imagined, and much better than I would have received as a scholarship athlete at another school

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is delicious and diverse, and dining hall staff are willing to take student suggestions as to what to make next!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are spacious, but a few first-year dorms don't have AC

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.

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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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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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