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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.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Love the student body! It's diverse, inclusive, and just a melting pot of all sorts of identities and personalities, all of which come to create a wonderfully complex community on campus. You'll see a lot of variety- no typical culture here. People might think that Pomona is more laid-back than its peer LACs due to its California location, but I don't think it is. It's a little bit more humble/mainstream than preppy New England schools, but students take their academics and their futures very, very seriously.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people at Pomona aren't the best looking, but they're wonderful human beings. Complex, compassionate, friendly, hard-working, passionate- these are traits that resonate over and over with the people here.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are intelligent, interesting, kind, and personable. Girls are smart, funny, and warm. Love the people here, and their attractiveness makes me want to be a better person too.

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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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It is a generally accepted fact that Pomona students just don't care that much about how they look. Freshmen have hold-over fashion sense from high school, but this is quickly sapped by the general aesthetic apathy of the student body. This is not to say that people here are ugly, because they're not. They tend to stay relatively active and in shape, and most of them aren't from the shallowest end of the gene pool. They just care more about drinking and hanging out than making devastating impressions on their chosen sexual targets. This makes a lot of sense when you think about the fact that everyone knows everyone else.

Pomona's dating scene is pretty nonexistent, but there is an awful lot of hooking up. If you just want to find a nice boy or girl who is willing to take things slow, have lemonade with your parents, and who blushes fetchingly when you hold hands, then you had best hope there is an eligible person in your sponsor group, because that's one of the only ways such relationships get spawned, and/or stand a chance of lasting at Pomona. But remember, "sponcest," although not illegal in the state of California, is heavily stigmatized, and all that social pressure can tear through a relationship like an acetylene torch through a tin can. Oh, but don't fret—the tale of sex at Pomona isn't entirely grim. Remember that alcohol is really just another name for "aphrodisiac."

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
There are free condoms at the Student Services Center, and morning-after pills are available, as well.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Any of Pomona's many themed "dress-so-scantily-that-if-we-were-anywhere-but-a-privately-owned-gated-community-we-would-all-be-arrested-for-exposure" parties
  2. Econ classes for the more made-up and buttoned-down crowd, poly-sci for the conformist but not square, and English or theater classes for the slightly more experimental
  3. Table Manners!
  4. (Not the library! I don't know where Pomona students do their studying, but the library is full of CGU students, who tend to be in their 30s and married.)
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. The top of the bell tower (this, of course, requires a key.)
  2. The stage on the Greek Theater late at night (for the particularly daring)
  3. Pretty much any corner of any building holding any party on any Friday or Saturday
  4. The Montgomery Gallery roof (very accessible, and arguably a "cultural" experience)
  5. The swimming pool after hours (but you have to be quick, because there are laser-tripped alarms, and Campus Security responds promptly)
Social Scene
The social scene largely revolves around drinking and school clubs and activities. Generally, people who do their socializing while drinking do so almost every night. People who go more in for the activities side of things might party on the weekend, but will tend to spend their weekdays doing a variety of things (rock climbing, surfing, macramé, student government, organic gardening). This is, of course, merely a rough distinction. It is pretty easy to meet people if you stay active, but often there are complaints about how difficult it is to establish really close, intimate, meaningful friendships here.
Hookups or Relationships?
Both are prevalent. There is the common liberal arts school lament that no one dates, and of course, no one dates. Everyone already knows everyone else. If dating is an essential part of your plans for college, this isn't the place to come. Of course, if you were of an open mind, you could look at the process of hooking up as a sort of dating for the 21st century. It's like extreme dating; you only have about two alcohol-soused hours to really get to know someone and travel the desired amount of metaphorical bases. In this analog, the long-term "relationships" that occasionally spring out of repeated hookups with the same person constitute "going steady." There—the '50s are alive and well at Pomona. If all this is too retro-avant-garde for you, you can always traditionally date some older person from the Village. This is, however, often looked down upon.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Big parties, generally. While the majority of Pomona romance stems from the repetitive random hookups, and these almost always happen at parties, it is important to remember that it's during your day-to-day routine that the seeds for these social interactions are sown. After all, if you've exchanged blushing glances over your books in chemistry class, you're a lot more likely to end up exchanging blushing glances in a somewhat less formal environment. On the other hand, too many blushing glances and you might just end up being friends. This is no uncommon occurrence at Pomona, where it is arguably way too easy to hang out with someone you like, thus disarming the potentially-explosive apparatus that is sexual tension.
Dress Code
Very casual with lots of pajamas, sandals, and the occasional muumuu. Pomona is not a mecca of fashion, although females seem to have a lot of expensive shoes and bags.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 25% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 22% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 12% Casual dating at your school
  • 12% None
  • 8% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Long-distance relationship
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 28% Through existing friends
  • 17% Through Orientation Adventure for freshmen
  • 17% Through your first-year sponsor group
  • 17% Through clubs/athletic teams
  • 17% Through classes
  • 6% Through clubs and organizations

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Open-minded
  • 17% Curious
  • 17% Passionate
  • 17% Interesting
  • 17% Intelligent

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 33% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 56% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 33% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 6% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 6% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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