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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.

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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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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is relatively lenient and good at listening to student opinions. They try to ask for input on major considerations, and aren't entrapped by many of the established power structures that elite East Coast colleges suffer from. There are some conflicts between the ultra-liberal student body and the administration (divestment, for instance), but these are mostly political and can be avoided if you're not the activist type.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Don't let the fact that you've never heard of it fool you: Pomona is one of the top schools in the country, and its academics are accordingly comparable with (and, in my opinion, surpass) any of the Ivies. Because of its small size, there is a ton of personal attention.

Expect to get to know your professors personally and meet with them one-on-one outside of class at times (or even be invited to their house for a meal or birthday party). In particularly small upperclass(wo)men seminars, I've heard of professors coming up with individualized reading lists for their students. This is fantastic for learning; the only drawback is that your professor will likely (or, in many cases, surely) know if you skip class, don't do your reading, or fall asleep.

As always, there is a mix of professors that are better or worse at teaching, but all are highly qualified in their fields (in many cases, they are one of the top experts in the nation on a particular topic).

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pomona's financial aid is as good as it gets: admissions is need-blind, and the college meets your full demonstrated need with scholarships, not loans. Don't let financial concerns dissuade you from applying!

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If parties are your preferred way of relaxing, then you'll find plenty of options. However, there are lots of other fun things to do; it's perfectly possible to avoid them and still have a great time.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not a huge deal at Pomona. Personally, I prefer this, since it leaves room for other aspects of the social scene that I find more appealing. There is school spirit if you choose to get involved in that scene, but it's easy to avoid. I know plenty of athletes who are perfectly content with the facilities. Our teams do okay, but they are not great.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Pomona is close enough to L.A. to take advantage of many of its resources: trips to museums, sports games, and landmarks occur on a regular basis. However, it's not so close that these resources detract from the internal social scene.

Within Claremont, there are plenty of small shops within the Village, but nothing too major. Walmart and other superstores are out of walking distance, but easily accessible with a bike, car, and sometimes public transit.

There are lots of wonderful hiking opportunities: 10,000 ft. Mt. Baldy is only a few miles away, and Joshua Tree National Park is around two hours away by car. Sequoia, Yosemite, and others being more like a five hour drive; students frequently go there over breaks.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Claremont is an extremely safe place. Bike thefts are the most major problem, and those can be easily prevented by using a lock. Campus security has a friendly relationship with the student body, and works hard to ensure everyone's well-being: they are visible without being oppressive. The administration does an excellent job of educating the student body on sexual assault and drug abuse (occasionally to an almost excessive extent). There is still progress to be made, but relative to other schools, I think we are doing extremely well.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The are lots of off-campus dining options in the Claremont Village, which is adjacent to campus. Many restaurants don't cater strongly to college students: with so many good on-campus dining options, there's not a huge market. However, some (such as the frozen yogurt stores) are very popular.

5 College Junior

Academics: Pomona's focus on interdisciplinary learning, collaborative work, and an emphasis on critical thinking means that you will get a very personalized education.

5 College Junior

Academics: You won't be able to find a better education anywhere else.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Pomona is very diverse as a whole, but we definitely struggle with political diversity.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Very generous financial aid. A study showed that Pomona was the cheapest school in the country of ANY undergraduate college- including universities and community colleges- on the basis of cost paid by the poorest students of the student body (making $30000 or less)

3 College Junior

Athletics: We have some stellar teams and we have some not so great ones. Our outdoor athletic facilities are pretty fantastic; while our indoor gym could benefit from some renovation and better work out equipment.

4 College Junior

Administration: Pomona's administration cares about its students and wants to do all that it can to make this a supportive and nurturing environment, but some policies can be misguided and rather strict, punishing the entire student body for the actions of a few.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pomona was meant to be an on-campus residential community. Only 2% of the school lives off-campus, and in designated areas for Claremont College students, such as the College Park apartments in Upland. Off-campus housing is expensive and beyond these designated areas- not readily accessible. Because so much happens on campus, it's really not worth the hassle to travel back and forth.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: One of the safest colleges in the country. People respect and champion consent culture, Claremont and the colleges are safe even in the darkest parts of night time, campus security is friendly and responsive, and the students take care of each other.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life here tries to be pretty inclusive, as most events they throw are also open to the whole community. Most people in Greek life don't let that be the defining part of their experience. It's not the same vibe as you would traditionally expect of greek life.

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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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