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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Claremont is cute, but you'd have to drive to get anywhere more vibrant. However, I generally enjoy the events on campus and Pomona's Event Coordinating committee makes a HUGE effort to get (often weekly) tickets to events they provide subsidized tickets for and transportation to/from!! :)

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Pomona is close enough to L.A. to take advantage of many of its resources: trips to museums, sports games, and landmarks occur on a regular basis. However, it's not so close that these resources detract from the internal social scene.

Within Claremont, there are plenty of small shops within the Village, but nothing too major. Walmart and other superstores are out of walking distance, but easily accessible with a bike, car, and sometimes public transit.

There are lots of wonderful hiking opportunities: 10,000 ft. Mt. Baldy is only a few miles away, and Joshua Tree National Park is around two hours away by car. Sequoia, Yosemite, and others being more like a five hour drive; students frequently go there over breaks.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: This is a tough one because Pomona is in a very suburban town- one that really doesn't offer much in the way of nightlife and cultural attractions, but it's also no more than an hour's drive of the entire SoCal basin. It's very easy to take advantage of museums. concerts, shopping areas, and more- it's just the immediate area doesn't offer much for students besides a safe, East coast town vibe and a good assortment of food options.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Claremont is a great place to live for retirement and does not offer Big City Life even though some people would say it is in Los Angeles. It is the last eastern-most city within the boundaries of Los Angeles County and, for such a large area, means Claremont is far from LA life. As a college student, it can feel boring and slow.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Claremont is cute, but pretty expensive. Mostly older people and people starting families. Most stuff off campus is closes early and is pretty expensive on a college budget.

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Well, now you've heard it from the horse's mouths, and contrary to aphorism, feel free to look in these horses' mouths, and even to count their teeth, because they're not selling you a load of bull. Claremont just isn't cut out to be a college town. There isn't anything to do except walk around and buy overpriced doo-dads, (e.g., the doo-dads your grandmother might find appealing—not to cast aspersions on your grandmother's taste), which will likely leave you unimpressed. LA is great, but only if you have a car. Public transit to LA just doesn't cut it for evening excursions. The Inland Empire (the area surrounding Claremont) is pretty trashy, and except for a few dive bars, doesn't have much to offer in the way of activities. Oh yeah. There is a flea market in the Inland Empire.

Claremont is far more of a retirement community than it is a college town; you will exhaust its entertainment potential in about a day. Los Angeles is a cultural mecca (well, at least a cultural hub) and boasts tons of museums (if you can, check out the Museum of Jurassic Technology), stores, beaches, clubs, and bars, and you'll have a difficult time running out of things to do there. The other colleges provide a nice break from Pomona, but aren't really different enough from Pomona to constitute an off-campus experience. Prepare to be absorbed by the giant social black hole that is Pomona College.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Claremont's median income is $84,997, much of which, judging by the average age of the inhabitants, must consist of retirement pensions.
  2. Acclaimed pop artist Ben Harper's extended family runs an acoustic music store in the Village, and every now and then, Ben will drop in and "kick it."
  3. Claremont is far from a bastion of public art, but you can find a marble statue in the center of town that resembles a caveman playing a lyre, while some more modern fellow looks over his shoulder and a kid and a cat climb in a tree. There are many childrens' handprints on the back of the statue. The statue was sculpted, on site, a few years back, and the process was one of the major attractions in Claremont for a while.
  4. Famed rapper Snoop Dogg lives in Northern Claremont, and although you may not like his music, he is a solid member of the community.
Notable Natives
  • Ben Harper – musician
  • Tommy Lee – member of rock band Mötley Crüe
  • We Are Scientists – rock band
  • Snoop Dogg – rapper
Local Slang
  • "Bra," as in "what's kickin', Bra": No, not an over-the-shoulder boulder-holder, but rather a SoCal version of "bro," which is, of course, a popular truncation of "brother."
  • "Fo' Shizzle!": Actually a variant of "For Sheezy," which means "for sure," as in "I'm going to ace that test fo' shizzle!" Remember, Snoop makes his home in Claremont. (He, at least as far as pop culture is concerned, is the progenitor of this particular phrase.)
Points of Interest
  • Bernard Field Station
  • The big partially finished marble statue in the small park in the center of Claremont (No, there really isn’t anything more interesting than that in the Village)
  • Claremont Institute
  • The Claremont School of Theology
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Shopping Centers
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC in Covina
1414 N. Azusa Ave.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Ontario Mills
4549 Mills Cir.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Major Sports Teams
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 45 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 17% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 70% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 30 responses

  • 97% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.


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