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Reviews 332 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Multiple options, such as the metro and zip cars

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Haha, why are the girls a B+ and the guys an A+? I'm sure a lot of Pomona students would accuse this of being heteronormative ;)

It's pretty hard to generalize the student body at Pomona. You'll find people representing all sorts of personalities here.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's California weather. It's pretty nice year round.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some of the nicest facilities of any college. The buildings tend to be high tech, clean, and well-maintained, both inside and out. Pomona's colossal endowment keeps the campus with the times. Currently, the math and physics buildings are being renovated while a new studio arts building is being designed. Look at these plans!

[http://www.pomona.edu/news/2011/08/25-studio-art-building.aspx](http://www.pomona.edu/news/2011/08/25-studio-art-building.aspx)

[http://www.ehdd.com/6136](http://www.ehdd.com/6136) (a slide-show)

Oh, and the campus is gorgeous. Especially when the sun shines reflects off the white paint and the green grass.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Parking: Plenty of room. The parking is great, there are two main garages, one for North campus and one for South campus, as well as street spots all around. The only trick is to not park in a faculty spot, so make sure that you read the signs and street writing.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: You're in sunny California. The main quad has large lawn areas and the student center is frequented by students for work and pleasure alike. The gym is in the middle, accessible during most hours. The library is large, but it has access to numerous journals and to a huge network of other Southern Californian academic libraries, making its free resources vast and easily tapped. There is always something to do for fun put on by one of the Claremont Undergraduate schools. Access to academic buildings, art studios, and music rooms are easily acquired or given. The facilities are very well maintained, and housekeeping and maintenance respond well to help fix messes.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are not much of a thing at Pomona. It is first and foremost an academic institution. Our mascot is a sagehen. Almost all of are teams are a made up of students from Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. The only time any real support is seen at a game is when we play against the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps team. However, the gym is suitable and easily accessible for non-athletes. The P.E. classes are diverse and can be taken at any of the 5 Claremont Undergraduates Colleges. Some examples are Karate, Horseback Riding, Archery, various types of yoga, Swimming, Sword Tai-Chi, Zumba, and Playground Games. Pomona itself has two pools, many tennis courts, a track, soccer, baseball, and football fields. Almost everyone is active in some kind of recreational or intramural physical activity, from weight-lifting to ultimate frisbee to parkour.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Claremont is a nice suburb. I am from Chicago so it was hard for me to get over the fact that things close so early (around 9pm). It is a really safe place. There is a mall in a nearby city, so that's cool.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are DIII but some of our teams are pretty d*** talented. Like our swimming team is pretty awesome. There isn't much school spirit in terms of sports, but the students that do support the athletes do a pretty darn good job.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Spanish and Psychology major (double major). Psychology is a very popular major and because of that it is exceedingly hard to get the classes you want. Also, because we are a small school, a lot of classes are seminars so they fill up quickly. It seems that in order to complete your major on time, you have to give up a few of your first choices for psychology and take the other ones (which might be pretty mind-opening and awesome). Spanish is a great major. The workload is heavy and the students are VERY knowledgeable but with hard work it is doable. Also, there are chances to know the professors and to get more involved in the Spanish Department. I am a sophomore and am a Spanish Liaison-which is usually held by juniors. So with ambition, you can take advantage of great opportunities to network and become integrated into the program.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pomona is a very safe campus. With that being said, you will find some drug use. Being that it's California, the drug of choice is usually weed. I'm sure you can find some other stuff if you know the right people or look hard enough. Although you may see people smoking around campus it is against the school's rules and if you are caught you will be punished (especially if smoking inside a dorm). There isn't any peer pressure to do drugs or drink, but that also could just depend on your friend group. All of south campus (where freshmen live) is dry so getting caught with any hard alcohol (beer, wine, spirits) can get you fined) Overall, it's pretty chill.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There's a pretty wide range in housing on Pomona's campus. As a freshman, there is basically one kind of crappy dorm and the rest are really nice with great size rooms. I actually lived in the "crappy" freshmen dorm (Mudd-Blaisdell) and loved it. For one, none of the dorms are all freshmen, only predominantly freshmen. The rooms may be small, but that just means that you're out in the hall more often, which really helped us build a better sense of community. Pomona also has a language dorm called Oldenborg where students (sophomore+) can apply to live in halls with other students who study and speak their particular language of interest. Each language hall also has a language resident who is a native speaker from abroad. This language resident plans activities for their students that teach them about their culture and help activate their language skills. There are two upperclassmen dorms that are both gorgeous and LEED platinum certified. All in all Pomona's housing is pretty good!

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a decent amount of diversity on campus, but I would like to see more. For a small school we have a good number of international students and you can definitely tell that the school works hard to attract students from various religious, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Our campus is also very open and accepting, so students of all sexual orientations can feel comfortable anywhere on campus. The only thing I think lacking on campus is diversity of political beliefs. I am liberal and coming from a very conservative high school thought that I would enjoy being at a predominantly liberal... Yeah it's cool but it cuts out any chances of dialogue between different groups and points of views which I don't really like.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Friendly, beautiful and outgoing girls. Great-looking athletic guys.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are moderately competitive and very fun in the SCIACs.

5 College Junior

Weather: Sunny weather year-round, except for maybe 5 days of light sprinkles.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Lots of food options, yoga/pilates/spin studios, hip consignment shops.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Great options ranging from organic and super-healthy to pepperoni pizza.
Love the dining halls!

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The student community in each residential housing unit is close-knit and bonded with each other. Everyone I know LOVES their freshman sponsor group.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The math major is one of Pomona's best and most popular majors. Through the Claremont Consortium more than 140 unique math classes are offered, and the academic flexibility of the math major makes it easy to study exactly what it is you want. The math teachers are among the most quirky, helpful, and brilliant teachers at Pomona.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Buildings are constantly renovated, and they're really high-tech and beautiful. All the ugly buildings (like 2 of them) are in the process of getting demolished to make for new buildings.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I've found Pomona to be really diverse. I've made close friends from all socioeconomic and racial groups, but beyond these identities, all of my friends are so different and unique. I've gained a lot of perspective from them.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I graduated with no debt from Pomona College thanks to the great, no-loan financial aid.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pomona has one of the most comprehensive and generous financial aid policies of any school in the country- no one should hesitate to apply because of the high sticker price. If you are a US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or International student residing in the USA Canada, or Mexico, your application will be read on a need-blind basis. If you are admitted, your demonstrated need will be met completely with just grants and work-study, no loans. Even if you are an international student living outside of the above countries, if you are admitted, your financial need will be completely met. Very few schools do this.

The financial aid office is very understanding and accommodating. They will not penalize you for turning in documents late, and they do not play tricks with your FA. Your financial aid package will actually increase each year to make your cost the same, if your circumstances remain the same.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Claremont is a small suburban community with limited recreational options for college students, yet the Claremont Village provides 5C students with easy access to shops and small food venues

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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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