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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some housing is better than others.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Only 1 co-ed fraternity on campus and its not a focus.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletic programs are treated like a joke.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I was expecting a lot more out of the school than I have seen thus far.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Though the school isn't as relaxed about freshman consuming alcohol on South Campus, Pomona is overall pretty good about substances, especially alcohol. The college provides alcohol for some on campus events (don't worry it's not paid for using tuition) so that they make sure students are safe.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Part scene at Pomona is really low key which I personally like. You can always find parties on the weekends and usually during the week. The school sponsors a bunch of things and a lot is going on on campus (which is what they're trying to do). There isn't a frat scene to run the party scene also which is nice.

12 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pomona has the ability to get people from all over the place, and the result is a class that is incredibly diverse. The one thing is that the school is pretty uniformly liberal... There is a little bit of political diversity, but not much...

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are tough, but a good challenge. The good part about the small school is that professors have time to help you! It's really nice being able to sit down and talk with your teachers one on one when things get tough.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it at Pomona. I've only been here a semester, but everyone is very talented and has something special about them. Despite all the talent, very few people are conceited or obnoxious and everyone is really cool.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't have much experience with finding jobs, but I know that the Career Development Office has been helpful thus far.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pomona College really makes an effort to make sure that all students feel safe on campus. For example, all new students are required to go through several rounds of sexual assault and drug/alcohol safety training before and while on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really lucked out this year and got what I think is one of the best dorms on campus. The only problem is that some dorms don't have AC. Other than that, the dorms are great!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are participated in for fun more than anything else. We are a D3 school and while we have some very talented athletes, we aren't an athletic school. However, I personally think that the athletics seen being based around fun is better than having a sports central school. The school isn't run by the athletics department basically.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pomona College is everything I ever hoped it would be! Really! It's a fantastic liberal arts school with fantastic people. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and the classes are fantastic, but any elite school might have that. Here's what Pomona has that other schools don't:

1) The people aren't like the people who go to other elite schools. Pomona students are incredibly talented, but humble about their achievements and not incredibly competitive. They work really hard, but they also know how to relax and simply enjoy themselves.

2) Beautiful southern California lends itself to a good feeling on campus. There is a big difference between waking up most days and seeing a cold, rainy/snowy day versus a warm and sunny day with palm trees everywhere. The beautiful campus and awesome weather can't help but put a smile on your face.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Academics are great—interesting classes, supportive professors, etc. Other parts of the college experience have been okay. Pomona is a very comfortable place, but not the most exciting. The social scene gets boring pretty quick, and there is nothing to do off-campus in Claremont—LA isn't really that accessible. Also, the vibe is getting increasingly pre-professional, and sometimes being around such serious, driven students can be exhausting—especially when opportunities to have fun are limited.

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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. :)

7 people found this useful Report
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.

8 people found this useful Report
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.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

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

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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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