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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 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 Junior

Diversity: It gets more and more diverse every year in terms of students of color, international students, and low income students! And the communities aren't completely separated out like they tend to be at other schools- each person is a valued part of this community.

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4 College Junior

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

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: To be honest, I found Pomona College to be very progressive in its views about diversity in hindsight. The administration was extremely supportive and encouraged students to bring up concerns, hold educational awareness events, and engage in social justice oriented activities. That being said, there would be both protect that the administration was not progressive enough while simultaneously, there would be the occasional backlash against the perceived excessive political correctness of the administration. But that is the beauty of Pomona College -- students were fully engaged in the well-being of their campus and the college more than allowed them to speak up and advocate for their views. They want their students to feel empowered. This is not the typical trait of a college administration. Once you enter the "real world", the relative intolerance, level of ignorance, and dismissal of opinions of youth is shocking even to the most conservative Pomona College student. There is always room for improvement for all forms of diversity, but Pomona College definitely did a fabulous job upholding very high standards.

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Pomona's numbers concerning campus diversity come out looking pretty good, but the majority of students doesn't feel that the school is really all that diverse. Lack of socioeconomic variance and a prevalence of ideological conformity tend to account for this impression. Pomona does have a good representation of different ethnicities, and it is very accepting of its students, regardless of their background or views. Many, however, wish that there could be a better representation as far as experience goes. Black or white, gay or straight, most Pomona kids come from upper-middle-class suburban American backgrounds, and as such, their differences are viewed by many as only skin deep.

Students here fall pretty safely in the middle of most spectra. They tend to think what college students are supposed to think, do what they do, say what they say, and so on. This is not necessarily a bad thing; Pomona's environment is amazingly comfortable for many students, and there are many wonderful, unique people here. However, there is an easy way to define diversity and a hard way, and Pomona tends to opt for the former. We all know diversity is "good," but often it is far simpler to throw a bone to the dogs of political correctness than it is to let loose the dogs of culture-clash.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 9%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 7%
Gay Pride
Generally, Pomona is a very accepting environment; there is a QRC (Queer Resource Center), a queer and questioning club, and there are many queer-sponsored activities on campus. Most gay students do not find discrimination to be a major factor in their lives.
Political Activity
Pomona is a hotbed of student protest. There is nearly always someone protesting something. From poor worker conditions in the dining hall to the sale of the Bernard Field Station to a biotech institute, Pomona students stay active politically, and they are excellent enactors of the motto: "Think globally, act locally."
Economic Status
Pretty rich, generally. You won't, however, find a bunch of old-moneyed, Eastern snobs here. Instead, you will find a bunch of new-moneyed, Western snobs cleverly, but imperfectly, disguised as laid-back hippies.
Most Common Religions
Most Pomona students are either Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a lot of minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% Progressive/very liberal
  • 58% Liberal
  • 4% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 25 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Republican
  • 80% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 10% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 24 responses

  • 96% Very accepting.
  • 4% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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