College Sophomore 2013-11-17T23:23:47Z
Multiple options, such as the metro and zip cars
College Sophomore 2013-08-14T00:43:39Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-08-12T22:18:35Z
It's California weather. It's pretty nice year round.
College Sophomore 2013-08-10T09:27:32Z
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.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.
College Junior 2013-08-04T19:35:54Z
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.
College Junior 2013-08-04T19:33:02Z
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.
College Junior 2013-08-04T19:19:20Z
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.
College Junior 2013-08-04T19:10:42Z
The main distinction that Pomona has from other "elite liberal arts" colleges is the Claremont Consortium, its location, and its reputation for being hard-working yet laid-back. The Claremont Consortium provides a large selection of classes that is often lacking at similarly sized colleges. It also provides a variety of activities and student populations and interests, so that one does not simply feel trapped at Pomona, should they feel it has become dull or unexciting. Pomona gets the warm Southern California weather year-round, which makes a large difference in people's activity levels and happiness, relative to other similar institutions. I think this attracts a certain kind of intellectual, which is where the second part comes in, the hard-working and laid-back attitude. It truly is a very cooperative student body, and I have experienced no cutthroat competition that is often feared at high-ranking colleges. I will say that the Pomona administration is not always very easy to navigate, it often has annoying bureaucratic red tape, but from what my friends at other colleges and universities have said, Pomona is actually better than most at dealing with students. There is never a lack of activities to do, for partiers and non-partiers. There are two complaints that I hear frequently around campus. One is our website. I apologize if my review leads to do your research on the Pomona College webpage ... I wish you good luck navigating it without being frustrated as heck. Although they were trying to redesign it over the summer of 2013. We shall see if they are making an omelette, or just more scrambled eggs. The second complaint is something that is becoming increasingly common across many universities and colleges, particularly small liberal arts colleges: that is, there is an atmosphere established on campus of "we're very tolerant, as long as you agree with us", where the "us" is a incredibly vocal far-left and politically correct group. Now, from here, people's complaints usually split into two categories. The first is the more obvious: some people simply don't agree with one, a few, or all of the ideas espoused by the far-left. This can lead to great discomfort either because people feel they must hide their true beliefs or because they must suffer the angry words and public shaming that can come from speaking opinions that do not fall in line with the unwritten accepted doctrine. The second category is, I think, more common. Individuals will actually agree with a certain belief of the "us", or at least hold an ideology far left enough to be able to be open about their beliefs, but they will find the methods used by the far-left to be abrasive, uncomfortable, or just plain rude. There was a recent controversy at the school regarding the firing and unionization of dining hall workers. Though many students in fact agreed with the goals of the main advocacy group on campus, the advocacy group isolated many of their ideological allies through their declarations and tactics. I hope this review helps. I love Pomona, I think it is a great place, I am very happy I am attending. If you come here, don't be afraid to speak your opinions, don't be afraid to change them. The last bit of this review was just to let people know what they might expect, but it was not a deterrent, merely a reminder that this type of school is where progressive ideas are bred, nurtured, and experimented with before they are, after slow grind of social change, released and accepted as the norms in the national eye.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T02:35:34Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T02:02:01Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T01:56:44Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T16:58:13Z
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.
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T16:51:24Z
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!
College Sophomore 2013-07-14T16:38:19Z
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.
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:33:05Z
Guys & Girls:
Friendly, beautiful and outgoing girls. Great-looking athletic guys.
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:26:52Z
Varsity sports are moderately competitive and very fun in the SCIACs.
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:14:16Z
Sunny weather year-round, except for maybe 5 days of light sprinkles.
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:12:53Z
Lots of food options, yoga/pilates/spin studios, hip consignment shops.
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:10:02Z
Great options ranging from organic and super-healthy to pepperoni pizza.
Love the dining halls!
College Junior 2013-07-11T16:07:47Z
The student community in each residential housing unit is close-knit and bonded with each other. Everyone I know LOVES their freshman sponsor group.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-26T18:14:45Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-26T18:07:06Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-26T18:03:30Z
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.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-26T17:59:55Z
I graduated with no debt from Pomona College thanks to the great, no-loan financial aid.
College Sophomore 2013-06-11T02:11:54Z
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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