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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

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 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 Quality: The newest dorms are outstanding. Environmentally friendly and great looking. The older dorms are pretty good too. The look really nice for the most part, but the freshman dorms are kind of a trade off. The buildings with the larger and nicer dorms do not have air conditioning, which sucks for the first and last month of the school year. The smaller dorms have air conditioning, but are pretty small especially considering that they are mostly doubles. Good news is, if you want a single you are almost guaranteed to get one. There tons of singles so if having roommate isn't your thing, your in luck.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have ridiculous amounts of money. Pomona has the largest per student endowment of any college or university in America, and it shows. There will be plenty of times at Pomona where the administration will literally just throw money at you. If you want to plan a trip through On the Loose (which is basically our outing club) they will lend you gear and heavily subsidize your gas. There are lots of really great places to go on trips. Joshua Tree National Park is less than an hour away, Mt. Baldy is literally walking distance from campus, Santa Barbara and Oregon Country are a couple hours away if you want to go to the beach, and skiing isn't far either.

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Pomona students have mixed opinions on their college facilities. This could either be because the facilities are highly controversial, or it could be because, as liberal arts students, they are trained to always explore opposing viewpoints. The Campus Center, Rains Center, and library are all large and impressive, especially considering the size of the College, but many find them unappealing, unpragmatically designed, and even garish. Others, of course, rave about them, but it is a fact that the facilities generally seem designed more to impress than to, well, facilitate the activities that they were designed to facilitate.

You won't ever feel crowded in Pomona's facilities (except for the cursed mail room—you won't ever not feel crowded in the cursed mail room), which is a definite plus. There are only 1,400 students and the facilities rival many larger schools for sheer size. Pomona facilities tend to follow the recipe of form over function, but the form mainly follows an aesthetic of "bigger is better."

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
140 acres
Student Centers
Smith Campus Center
Main Libraries
Honnold Mudd Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Center courtyard
  • Marston Quad
  • The Motley (at Scripps)
  • The pool
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Movie Theater on Campus
Rose Hills Theatre in the Campus Center
"Green" Initiatives
Pomona engages in a lot of sustainability practices, including reusable dishware, fair trade organic coffee and tea, cage-free eggs, and composting, just to name a few.
School Slang
  • "Yo, I like you.": According to some, the best line to use when picking up prospective mates. For extra turn-on power, accompany with eyebrow twitches.
  • The Boot: The dirty, cockroach-ridden room in which the frats hold their weekly keggers.
  • The Borg: Short for Oldenborg international dorm
  • The Coop: The Pomona College student store, located in the Campus Center
  • Forty Water: Forty ounces of malt liquor, my friend. Know it. Drink it. Love it. And don't forget to spill a drop for the dead homeys.
  • The Fountain: Pomona's fast food restaurant, also located in the Campus Center
  • I.E.: Short for "Inland Empire," the large, deserty, trashy stretch of "civilization" to the east of LA
  • O.E. in the I.E.: Short for "Olde English in the Inland Empire." Olde English is a fine malt liquor; O.E. in the I.E. is a practice wherein one picks a place in the Inland Empire (a petting zoo, for instance) and then goes there and drinks as much O.E. out of brown paper bags as possible.
  • The Quad: Short for Marston Quadrangle, the big, quadrangular grass field in the middle of Pomona campus; also home to frequent ultimate games and a popular study spot
  • Sponcest: The irreputable act of dating someone within your sponser group
  • The Towers: Tower housing units in Harwood dorm, not to be confused with the Lawry towers
  • Walker Beach: A moniker for the grassy sward north of Walker Dorm. It isn't really a beach (Pomona is land locked, silly!), but it is replete with a real sand volleyball pit, some palm trees, and lots of sunbathing students.
  • Walker Wall: The wall running north of Walker Beach. It is an open canvas for anyone with some art supplies and something to say. Oh heck, if you don't have anything to say, paint it anyway.
  • Birthday Dunking : It is traditional at Pomona, on the day of your birthday, that you be dunked in the Frary Courtyard fountain. Considering the number of drunken students who eject their bodily waste into this fountain on a regular basis, this tradition is slightly stomach turning.
  • Cup Drop: In Frary Dining Hall, whenever someone accidentally drops one of their plastic cups, it is customary for everyone in the dining hall to also drop their cups (preferably empty ones, someone has to clean all that up, you know). The sound of hundreds of cups falling as one in that sonorous, cathedral-like building is deafening, and, some would claim, spiritually "moving."
  • Painting Walker Wall: Walker Wall is a wall north of Walker dorm on North Campus. It stretches 150 some feet in a semi-circular arc, and it is the favored canvas at Pomona for anyone wishing to make a big, colorful statement to the student body. Students are allowed to paint anything they wish on the wall, and you're as likely to find a piquant bit of social commentary as you are to find a vulgar phrase (not that vulgarity doesn't have its place in piquant commentary), or just some cool pictures. The administration vows not to censor anything anybody puts on the wall, but particularly offensive messages are generally student-censored.
  • Ski and Beach Day : Ski and Beach Day is just that: a day during which participating students go skiing or snowboarding, and then hit the beach for some sun. Pomona's unique location makes this rather extravagant (and costly—it's one of the ASPCs biggest expenditures year to year) day possible.
  • Snow Day : There isn't any snow at Pomona, but once a year, a big tanker truck dumps a pile of snow on the lawn in front of the Campus Center. Snowball fights abound, but for the less rambunctious, hot chocolate is served.
  • South Campus Pool: During hours or after—breaking into the South Campus pool is one of Pomona's finest traditions. Students who are caught are merely escorted from the premises and you are allowed some time to re-robe, if necessary.
Urban Legends
  • Another myth regarding Pomona is that the Oldenborg dorm is the model for the ships ("cubes,") of the Borg on the television show "Star Trek." The Borg? They are a cybernetic race of aliens who meld machine and flesh and operate in a sort of insectile collective fashion. "Star Trek"? Don't they have television on the planet you come from? Oldenborg is notoriously labyrinthine and sterile, resembling the giant cubes the Borg pilot around space.
  • Another Pomona myth is the myth of "47." This basically states that the number 47 occurs more often in nature than other integers, and that this oddity is centered around Pomona College. Of course, anyone who has taken a statistics course knows that the chances of this are slim, and it's easy to find something you're expressly looking for (yes, Pomona College is off exit 47 on the I10, but it isn't on 47th street, the 47th parallel, and so on.) However, the number 47 does hold special significance for many Pomona students. A sampling of 47 lore from the Pomona website: Pomona College is located at Exit 47 of the San Bernardino Freeway. The Bible credits Jesus with 47 miracles. There are 47 pipes in the top row of the Lyman Hall organ. The Declaration of Independence has 47 sentences. The Disney comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor" features a basketball game filmed at Pomona's old Renwick Gym. The final score: 47 to 46. In the film "Towering Inferno," actor Richard Chamberlain (class of `56) was the 47th person in line to be saved. In the freshman class that entered Pomona College in the year 2000, there were 47 valedictorians. The tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are located 47 degrees apart. And, if all this 47 trivia gives you an upset stomach, remember that Rolaids absorbs 47 times its weight in excess acid.
  • One of Pomona's longest-standing legends centers around the group Mufti—literally meaning "undressed." The name stands for a secret society at Pomona whose sole function is to plant subversive fliers around campus. The fliers generally consist of three interrelated phrases that tend to comment on the College, its students, and society at large. Mufti fliers are generally very convoluted and clever, and include double, triple, and even quadruple entendres making them a chore (but usually a pleasant one) to decipher. The legend part of all this is that the only way to become part of Mufti is to catch Mufti in the act of putting up their fliers. The veracity of this legend is much debated. After all, Mufti requires a certain turn of mind, and there would be no consistency in the quality of the fliers if any old John or Jane could join up. In the last few years, Mufti has gone even more underground, and flierings, when they occur (seldom), have been sub-par. Many think that the fliers are independently posted, and the real Mufti has disappeared, or perhaps exists in a sort of mental hibernation, just waiting for students of proper wit to come along and rouse it from its restless slumber.
Favorite Things To Do
Go to a movie on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in the Rose Hills Theatre. If you are willing to skip the first five minutes of the movie, which generally consist of previews, you can walk in for free. Hit the state-of-the-art weights in the Rains Center, but not when the football players are in there, because it is demoralizing, embarrassing, and sometimes scary for those who are less hypertrophic. Take a dip in either the recreational or official Olympic pool. Pomona’s weekend movies are always well attended, as are the college plays, of which there are many. Many students tout the merits of a hard workout at Rains followed by a bout of sauna-sitting, but if this is your activity of choice, remember to keep hydrated. There are also frequent, and frequently well attended, lectures and concerts in the Campus Center.
Student Newspaper
The Student Life
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 400 student organizations on campus.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 17% 47
  • 13% Ski and Beach Day
  • 13% Birthday Fountaining
  • 13% Smith Campus Center Off-Campus Events
  • 10% Winter Formal/Yule Ball
  • 7% Birthday Dunking
  • 7% Painting Walker Wall
  • 7% 5C Club Events
  • 3% Snow Day
  • 3% South Campus Pool
  • 3% Music events at Little Bridges
  • 3% Taiko Spring Concert
  • 0% Cup Drop

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 29% Hang out with friends
  • 25% Attend Guest Speaker Events
  • 17% Just stroll and take in the beauty of the college
  • 12% Party at one of the 5C's
  • 4% Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance events
  • 4% Play taiko!
  • 4% Go to Jay's Place
  • 4% Explore the Village

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 33% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 25 responses

  • 56% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 40% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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