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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Pomona is great, and I would definitely choose to come here again if I could. It has its drawbacks, but ultimately, it is the best fit for me. If you are looking for a school with great opportunities, small class sizes with professors who actually know you name and care who you are, and good financial aid, you want a small, private liberal arts college. If you want somewhere like this that is also elite and can get you going after you graduate, then you want to go to Pomona college.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – I have never seen or heard of anyone doing drugs... I do live in a substance-free sponsor group, though. However, my sponsor group may be the only substance-free sponsor group that is actually substance-free. I have not ever been pressured to do drugs or drink alcohol, and I don't see alcohol-drinking anywhere except at sanctioned parties (It does of course happen, though; you hear about it).
Our campus is supposed to be 100% smoke-free, but I see three people around who regularly smoke. Pretty annoying if you have asthma... I guess this isn't quite as enforced as it should be. However, our alcohol policy is strictly enforced on south campus, where all of the freshmen and most of the sophomores live.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – Wow, is this really important to you? College is for studying--not for relationships. I guess our looks are average, but we're all very smart and will have great jobs right after we graduate because of the school we attend.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/index.html
I know for sure that Yogurtland gives students a 10% discount.
Places that take Claremont Cash include...
21 Choices (frozen yogurt, including soy yogurt!)
42nd Street Bagel
Bert & Rocky's Ice Cream
Chipotle
Darvish Restaurant (Persian food)
Denny's
Domino's
Dr. Grubb's California Fresh
Jamba Juice
Legends Burgers
Pizza N Such
Podges Claremont Juice Co
Quiznos Sub
Roundtable Pizza
So Fresh Salad Express
Some Crust Bakery
Walters Restaurant
Wolfes Market

4 College Junior

Local Area: Claremont is a town of about 30,000 people. Besides the fifth of this who are college students, the majority of residents are old people. We are located 35 miles east of LA, so we have all the benefits of being close enough to go there if we want but far enough to be away from the traffic, smog, and all the other cons of living in a large city. Very close to the Claremont Colleges are the San Gabriel Mountains, making for a beautiful backdrop. People in Claremont LOVE students, and many places will have discounts.

4 College Junior

Academics: Spanish Major – I am a freshman, so I do not know much about the Spanish program. However, I know that all of our language professors are of course native speakers, and in order to major in any language, it is required to travel a semester abroad in a country that speaks that language and live a year in Oldenborg, our Center for Modern Languages and International Relations. Oldenborg is a GREAT resource for any language student or student simply wishing to practice a language. The six languages taught at Pomona College (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and Arabic (taught at another one of the Claremont Colleges) all have sections of Oldenborg for students to live in. In the dining hall, we have tables at which people speak foreign languages (full list can be seen here: http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/language-programming/tables/), and we have six foreign language residents (one for each language offered at Pomona) who live in Oldenborg and stay for two years and are from a country that speaks that foreign language. They are required to teach an intermediate and advanced conversation class (capped at fifteen students) in their native language. These language residents are also required to take three classes a semester and are relatively young (early twenties) and are a great resource!

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: Our financial aid is 100% need-based (no merit-based scholarships) and need-blind. We have very generous allotments and PLENTY of options for work-study. Our aid does NOT include loans, and with ANY offer, there is a $5,000 OPTIONAL INTEREST-FREE loan available for any student each year.
Applying is both simple and stress-free. All that is required is the FAFSA and a couple of forms that, if not turned in by the deadline, the financial aid will e-mail you reminding you to do so. You will NOT be penalized or denied aid if you accidentally are late turning it in. :)

5 College Junior

Majors: Spanish Major – I love the Spanish program and that I can take classes at other schools to fit my schedule. I love all of the opportunities from the amazing Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations to Sigma Delta Pi (the national Hispanic honors society). My career goal is to work for a school district, translating between English, Spanish, Hindi, Russian, Portuguese, and German. I don't have any concerns about finding a job in my field because I can always translate documents from home!

2 College Junior

Administration: I really have no experience, even second-hand, but I'm sure our policies are fair and justly enforced. Especially since we're one of like, a very small number of schools in the nation that has a ruling committee that contains mostly students. On the other hand, the smoking and drinking policy is way too lax for my taste. Supposedly, no smoking is allowed on campus, but after parties such as Pub or Table Manners, no one even tries to enforce it, and my asthmatic lungs are very disappointed at the administration's lack of enforcement.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Between the five Claremont Colleges, we have seven dining halls and four student-run cafes. All of our dining halls are buffet style, and our meal plans range from 8-16 meals a week. Monday-Friday, there are three meals a day and Saturday/Sunday, there are two meals (brunch and dinner). You can get pretty hungry between brunch and dinner, but you can always make something in the kitchen (each dorm has at least one) or eat at one of the cafes. At the cafe and if you run out of meals for the week, you can use flex dollars (part of your meal plan) or Claremont Cash (kind of like a credit card that can be used anywhere on the 5-Cs and some places in the Village, such as Jamba Juice or 21 Choices).
There is always a great variety of food (although unfortunately sometimes not for vegetarians who hate vegetables like me), and the menus are posted online or on the Dining Services Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pomonacollegediningservices).

4 College Junior

Weather: Claremont is absolutely beautiful. Come mid-January, you'll be back to the high sixties/low seventies. Quite warm. Perfect weather! Unfortunately, though, it is in what should be a desert, so the nights are colder because the ground does not retain any heat after the sun sets.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Make sure you vet your professors when signing up for first semester classes. An interesting class isn;t worth taking if the professor is mediocre.

Be honest on your housing form.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Be the best you can be while having the time of your life – Come to Pomona ONLY if you are interested in learning as much as you can and having as much fun as you can.

People at the Ivies tend to interpret work hard, play hard as cram for hours every week day and then drink until blacking out on the weekends. Some, of course, drink every day. Pomona students interpret work hard, play hard differently. We work just as hard, but we don't have to blackout to forget that. Why would we want to forget that?! We love learning. So when we have fun AND when we learn, it's more organic.

People are authentically intellectual, and funny and relaxed. Professors are amazing. The weather is perfect. Claremont is just small enough to be quaint and LA is just close enough to be convenient. The school is loaded with money and has so many amazing programs and clubs that I could never list them all. OTL will enable you to camp for free by renting you equipment. The writing center will teach you how to write.

The five colleges will give you more opportunities to meet people than any other liberal arts college. The food and dorms are amazing. Study abroad will change your life.

Come here only if you want to learn to be the best you can be, and have the time of your life doing it. Why would you want it any other way? Our secret is that we learn from each other you can't be your best if you're not having the time of your life.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Every day you will wake up to sunshine and pleasant weather. Socal is too hot only when you're not there. People who don;t experience it scoff at it, but it makes you happier and more productive. Plans never have to be canceled due to rain. A more serious plus than people expect, and people expect a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They go the extra mile – The train to LA in claremont is great, as is the zip car program: You can rent cars by the hour for only 8 bucks an hour/60 bucks a day. Also, they have shuttles to various events every weekend. People carpool and share super shuttle to the airport. On the loose will pay for some of your gas and/or rent you a car for free if you're going camping.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not a ton of drugs, nobody goes too far – There's a drug scene if you want to find it, but most people aren't interested. Because of that, it's mostly responsible people. Pomona kids are smart enough to handle themselves as well as one can with drugs. Psychedelics and ADD meds are probably the only things prevalent besides weed and alcohol. Little to no cocaine, painkillers, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Focus is on Safety – Campus security and the RAs won't try to bust you unless you're making a ton of noise. They just want you to be safe and not flout the rules so obviously they can't ignore it. Whatever you do in private is basically ok. Thanks to this policy, we have very few incidents, and everyone handles themselves as adults to a greater degree than other campuses. I mean, they give out beer to over 21s, and they don't card at harvey mudd or cmc. It's the sweet life.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Amazing variety for a small school – Raging, board games, blazing, working, camping, enjoying culture; whatever you can imagine, Pomona students will be doing at night. Nightlife here is as varied as the students. If you want to party, there's plenty of scenes for you. Dorm parties are better than the big 5c things. But if you have no interest, there are plenty of people to have fun with or plenty of people to study with.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We're pretty Ugly But Beautiful on the Inside! Too smart to be attractive sums it up. If you want hot, there's always pitzer, CMC and scripps to suit all your tastes and needs. However, everyone here is a great person. Cheesy but true. So if you want to date instead of randomly hook up, you're in luck, although a lot of people do just want random hook ups. But hey. College.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty White but Not by Student Choice – Not overwhelmingly diverse to say the least. However, all the students wish it was more diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Welcome to Paradise – Dorm rooms are huge and well maintained. Lots of people get suites. The new dorms are like luxury apartments. You literally cannot beat Pomona in housing.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Village Comes Through – The village has you covered, whether you want gourmet sandwiches, cheap indian food, pizza, starbucks, whatever. And of course LA is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: 5 Dining Halls, Enough Said – Pomona has dining halls on both North and South campus, which is very convenient. Lots of good options for vegetarians. If you're bored, there are 4 other dining halls on campus. Pitzer's pasta lunch and AM in the PM dinners are legendary. Collins is close and superb. Frary feels like hogwarts.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Nicest Buildings Imaginable – Pomona is loaded and it shows in the facilities. Everything is spiffy and loaded with features, so to speak. Dorms, academic buildings, athletic facilities: all fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Technology is accessible throughout the campus. Website could use a little work, but the student run websites like 5c menu and the ASPC websites are a great supplement.

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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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