College Sophomore 2013-06-07T22:28:51Z
Claremont is a small suburban community with limited recreational options for college students, yet the Claremont Village provides 5C students with easy access to shops and small food venues
College Sophomore 2013-06-02T19:15:17Z
ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!! You can take classes at the other Claremont Colleges and they still count towards your degree. One bad thing though is that it is exceedingly hard to get into classes as a first or second year.
College Sophomore 2013-06-02T19:12:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls are better looking than guys but guys get higher grades on other website because of religiosity (weird right?).
Most people are preppy.
It can be boring because most friends dress like each other; very few chol@s.
College Sophomore 2013-06-02T19:09:56Z
If you are into nightlife, it is certainly there. Some complains include seeing the same people over and over (since the 5C community is small) and the average-ness of the party.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T09:33:53Z
The Claremont Village, which is directly across Pomona's campus, has an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes. Most of these have a student discount. Some notable places include:
*Yogurt Land, which offers really cheap FroYo and is open later than most places
*Some Crust Bakery, which has phenomenal bakery items and sandwiches, most noticeably their egg sliders.
*Last Drop Cafe, which has great drinks and good sandwiches
*Eureka Burger and the Back Abbey, upgrades from the typical fast food burger joint
*Bua Thai, which has fairly priced and decent thai food
*Z-Pizza, which serves healthier pizza than places like Pizza Hut and Domino's
*Sacas, which has cheap shawarmas and other Mediterranean food
*Delhi Palace Express, which has very cheap Indian food catered towards a milder taste
*Bert and Rocky's, which has chocolate and ice-cream at decent prices
*CK Cafe, which serves Boba and smoothies
*King Kong Sushi, which has decent sushi
*42nd St. Bagels, which serves a great assortment of bagels and sandwiches but closes early
*Pita Pit, pita sandwiches and falafel
The big problem with the Claremont Village, and a big part of the reason I will refuse to give off-campus dinner any higher than a B+, is that everything closes early in the Village, limiting convenient walkable dining options to students to the 5C eateries, like the Coop Fountain. If you have a car, life will be MUCH easier- within 5 miles of Pomona College is just about any fast food chain you can think of and a ton of other awesome restaurants like Sanamluang and Cassie's Soul Food, and a much greater variety of 24 hour restaurants. Otherwise, you're stuck ordering delivery from Mix Bowl, which serves mediocre thai food till 2AM, or the pizza chains.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T09:09:32Z
No one I know of lives off campus. As a liberal arts college, Pomona really emphasizes residential life, and a fundamental part of it involves living on campus and interacting directly with the people who go here.
Now, one thing you could do is to be off-campus in the other 5C's, or in other words, do an housing exchange for a year. Usually, the other 5C's have at least one person who would like to live at Pomona- it's a straightforward process. Doing a housing exchange is a great way to have closer access to classes you may be taking or meeting new people, but few at Pomona do it due to the great variety of people here and the fact that most of the classes people take are usually at Pomona.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T09:01:59Z
Greek life is almost a non-existent part of Pomona's life. There are like two or three fraternities, but they don't have houses on campus, nor does the school fund them. The fraternities do throw the occasional party here and there, but these are open to everyone and just an integrated part of social life here.
If you really want a big Greek scene, Pomona is not the place to find it.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T22:48:02Z
You can honestly survive here without ever bringing your own computer, printer, or scanner. The computer labs offer 24/7 access, the internet is extremely fast, and printing is cheap at 2 cents per page. Each dorm room has an ethernet outlet which, when connected with an ethernet cord, can provide internet speeds at 500MB-1000MB per second.
The technology on campus is extremely high-tech, and it is clear that a great deal of money goes towards improving technology for Pomona students each year. ITS at Pomona is accessible to fix computers for free or to address computer related issues. Each academic building has a computer lab or two. The newer academic buildings in particular, like Lincoln-Edmunds, are equipped with expensive Mac Pro desktops in their entirety.
There are problems, however. In some rooms, including mines, the ethernet outlet was completely broken, which meant relying on the WiFi network for the entirety of the year. There are 4 WiFi networks, which makes it unlikely that all 4 will fail to work anywhere on campus, but they have a bad habit of disconnecting, and they are nowhere near as fast as an ethernet cable. The printers often malfunction, and it may take ITS almost a month to fix them.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T22:33:30Z
I will not speak of the party culture because I have not partaken in it at all. Nor do I go clubbing. There is a lot happening on campus that I can still go to, however, especially on the weekends. On one Saturday, there were almost 10 different non-party things happening all one one night- NoChella (an alternative music festival at Pomona), an orchestra at the Scripps Garrison Theater, an arts showcase called Decay, Asian American Mentoring Program Snack, Biffle Night sponsored by That Saturday Group, a 47 Things Trip, Salsa Night at the Edmunds Ballroom, a talk about the exotification of women by the Women's Union, and a lacrosse game at the field behind the Rains Gymnasium. I often find myself frustrated with all of the things that I want to go to and the necessities demanded by academics here. Nightlife during the weekdays is pretty much non-existent for the non-party person, but this isn't a huge loss because most people are studying anyway. However, most of the academic events, like workshops and discussions, happen in the evening on weekdays.
The Claremont Village offers almost nothing to Pomona students in terms of nightlife. You can watch a movie at Laemmle or get some Froyo at Yogurtland...that's pretty much it.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T22:14:54Z
A different perspective: You can go the whole year without having ever touched any substances and still have a blast. I did. No one EVER pressured me to try something that I did not want to try.
The drug scene is a little exaggerated. It is definitely prevalent (especially in the form of alcohol), but it does not dominate. There is a significant portion of the student body that does not partake in any substances at all. Sub-free halls rarely break down in their promise to not have substances. So fear not if you're the type to not do drugs- you'll find a group of people who don't either.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T22:02:30Z
Yes, everyone knows that SoCal weather is awesome. But did you know that Pomona College does in fact experience seasons? The trees, which are not native to the area, do change their colors, and for a good month or so the campus is covered with beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves (see for yourself here: http://voices.pomona.edu/2012/12/fall-does-exist/). For those who miss their snow, from November-February the mountains about 25 minutes away are covered with it, making for a beautiful scenic view of green grass and snow-capped mountains from the campus and a short drive to make snow angels and have snowball fights. It rains on campus about once or twice each month, and when it does, it's beautiful.
People get tired of the perpetual sunshine sometimes, but the moment they return home they realize how incredible it really is. I'm from Houston and it has been raining, hot, and humid for the past week. I MISS CALIFORNIA WEATHER SO MUCH..
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T21:50:31Z
Pomona is in a fantastic location, arguably one of the best in the country to experience your undergraduate years. Located within a two hour drive of almost 20 million people, there are countless places to explore, restaurants to try out, stores to visit, venues to see, and opportunities to take advantage of.
Located in the quiet, idyllic, and beautiful town of Claremont, Pomona is in the best of both worlds- a beautiful and quiet college town that is very accessible to all the bustle and activity of Southern California. Claremont itself is not the most happening place, but it has some great restaurants, a movie theater, and necessities like banks, post offices, and barber shops. Unfortunately, everything in Claremont except the movie theater and Yogurtland close early- it is a very sleepy town. Nearby Pomona, Upland, and Montclair, about a 5-15 minute drive, have big chain stores like Walmart and Target, as well as a great selection of cheaper hole-in-wall restaurants, fast food places, and thrift stores. But since most people come from out-of-state, most don't have cars to visit these places as often as they would want to, and it's just unsafe to walk to these places (especially Pomona) at night.
Claremont is about 40 minutes away from Los Angeles, which everyone knows about. Los Angeles gets a lot of bad rep, but it is actually a very complex city with much to offer and tons of places to explore. The school subsidizes and provides travel for the 47 Things trips(http://www.pomona.edu/about/47/47-things-to-do.aspx) and even offers a cash prize for the student who completes the most of these in a given year. West of Claremont lies the Inland Empire, which has many national parks to explore as well as ski resorts. SoCal is probably the only place in the USA where you can comfortably go skiing in the mountains in the morning, visit the beach in the afternoon, and go to a Lakers game in the evening.
For those who don't have the time to explore their surroundings, fear not, the Claremont Colleges themselves are a bubble of their own. Events happen every night at all of the colleges, so it's very hard to be bored here. For those into the party scene, there is guaranteed to be a party Wednesday-Saturday, and there are often parties on the other days at one of the other colleges. For those who don't want to be involved with the party culture at all, there are speakers, movies, discussions, art venues, and so much more. Because of the ease in walking to the other colleges, the atmosphere feels a lot bigger than one a traditional liberal arts college would provide.
College Sophomore 2013-05-21T21:10:26Z
Health & Safety:
The campus itself, despite being right next to some of California's most sketchy cities, is extremely safe- you can walk outside at 3AM without any harm. Campus police patrols the campus 24/7 but is not intrusive, and there are blue lights all around campus if any emergency happens. The most common dangers include bike robberies and prohibited entrance into the dorms. People here become a little bit too trusting and forget to lock their doors at night, which can in the rare case result in someone from outside of Pomona entering and stealing.
The health center is of high quality, and it has solid hours. For minor injuries and common illnesses, it does the job. The health center's policy is pretty good- they don't charge for appointments if you call them in advance, and if you are charged for any treatment, you won't be expected to pay it until 30 days from your visit, in which it is transferred to your student account.
There is a counseling center which offers free consultation and services to the students, but it has a reporting policy which turns many off about it. I've heard that it is often understaffed and that it's not very helpful, but keep in mind that this is just hearsay, not my own experience.
Being right along a fault line, Pomona College is in high danger of earthquakes (just like the rest of California). The school does earthquake drills every year, provides all of the students an earthquake emergency bag, and has enough supplies to last everyone two weeks after an earthquake.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T17:46:14Z
Almost 98% of Pomona students live on campus, and for good reason- it's hard to beat Pomona's residential life and dorm quality.
Each dorm has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. On South Campus, Harwood has the smallest rooms, but it is also the prettiest dorm and has the best lighting. Lyon has gigantic rooms and access to a computer lab, but it has pretty bad lighting and a weird battleship coloring. Mudd-Blaisdell is not the best looking on the inside, but it is the only air-conditioned dorm available to freshmen, and the lounges are great. Gibson has large rooms and a tight-knit community feel, but it's excluded from the rest and has the least number of people to interact with. Wig is the closest to classes and the Village, but it is also the most isolated from the other freshmen dorms and far away from the dining halls and the other 5C's.
The dorms become better as you progress through the school. North Campus dorms look less like apartments and more like palaces, with courtyards, secret gardens, and giant rooms. Over 70% of the rooms are singles for upperclassmen, so you're pretty much assured one after freshman year, and even for freshman year just putting down that you want a single means you have a high chance of getting one. Best of all, unlike universities and some colleges, every room at Pomona costs exactly the same, regardless of size and location.
On the whole, Pomona dorms are spacious, beautiful, and conveniently located. There are a few bad rooms, but one will rarely go wrong with the options here.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T17:28:19Z
Pomona's diversity never ceases to astound me. The Class of 2016 is the most ethnically diverse class in Pomona's history, and it really does carry out in the interactions you have with people here. A significant number come from low-income and first-generation backgrounds, and people come from every corner of the world.
Diversity on paper doesn't mean anything if it doesn't carry out in reality, but at Pomona, it does. My sponsor group this year was extremely diverse, with seemingly polar opposite of personalities living right across one another. This however did not create tensions or animosities, but friendships and understanding. People are extremely open-minded here, and as a low-income, first-generation student of color, I have never felt discouraged or attacked here.
Everyone here has a unique story, personality, and set of quirks,There is no typical Pomona student. People study just about everything here, undertake all sorts of extracurricular passions, and have different demands for social and intellectual needs. Everyone offers a perspective that you won't get from anyone else. However, the school does lean overwhelmingly liberal, and if you are conservative, you may find the lack of conservatives on campus stifling. People here also tend to be more "learning-for-the-sake-of-learning" than pre-professional.
This is where the other 5C's come in. With 6500 students to interact with, Pomona isn't as stifling as a stand-alone liberal arts college of its size may feel. Each school has a unique twist to it- CMC tends to be more conservative and pre-professional, Pitzer is even more liberal than Pomona and far more non-traditional, and Harvey Mudd has a strong emphasis on math and science, both for employment directly after graduation and for graduate school. If you can't find a niche at Pomona, you'll be sure to find one at one of the other five colleges.
College Sophomore 2013-05-20T16:57:46Z
Having 7 dining halls is a fantastic asset and almost unheard of for any other liberal arts college. The system is smoothly run- one meal swipe carries throughout the 5 colleges.
The food tends to be pretty good overall. It (especially ethnic food) does not usually compare to a homemade meal, but it's a significant upgrade from cafeteria food. Each dining hall serves food buffet style and has particular specialties. Students check the Five College Menu Website to see all of the menus in one place and decide where they would like to go.
There are other places to eat as well- namely, student run cafes and restaurants. I think there are 9 of these places in the 5C's. Each semester, students receive a couple hundred dollars called Flex, which can be used at these places to supplement the standard meal plan. The Coop Fountain, Pomona's student run cafe, makes great quesadillas and milkshakes. The library has a much needed coffee shop which also serves bakery items. I have heard that the Muddhole at Harvey Mudd serves amazing sandwiches and that the Grove House at Pitzer serves great organic food, but I've yet to try them. For those on the run, the Coop Store offers pre-prepared sandwiches and a wide assortment of snacks and drinks.
College Junior 2013-05-20T03:36:32Z
Inexpensive, plentiful, and safe for vehicles. Freshmen cannot, however, keep cars on campus without special permission.
College Junior 2013-05-20T03:31:28Z
Some dorms lack air-conditioning (much needed in the semi-arid environment that is Claremont), but overall, Pomona students are very fortunate to have the accommodations they do. Sponsor group culture is especially excellent: the Office of Campus Life (usually) does a great job of matching people with others with similar backgrounds, interests, and values to form basic social units for incoming freshmen.
College Junior 2013-05-20T03:26:56Z
Since Pomona is a residential college, there are few people who live off-campus. Those who do, however, seem to be very happy with their accommodations.
College Junior 2013-05-20T03:24:41Z
The drug scene does admittedly define some social groups, but peer pressure is low; it is easy both to find and socialize with people who do not do drugs, and to find and socialize with people who do drugs without feeling pressured to use them yourself. So while the drug culture is part of many students' lifestyles, it rarely interferes with academics or imposes social barriers.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-13T04:37:22Z
There are plenty of places to park and they recently built a new 2 story parking garage.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-13T04:36:08Z
There are a bunch of restaurants in walking distance, but some are expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-13T04:34:06Z
There is a fraternity, no sorority at Pomona College
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-13T04:31:18Z
They help you out when your computer breaks. It is good.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-05T16:51:11Z
Weather here is the best in the nation, hands down. Sun is almost always out, it's dry here (NOT humid), and the temperature is usually much better than the rest of the country. Best weather for a college, I guarantee it (if you like the sun and warmth, that is....should definitely be a factor in choosing a school because weather affects your mood!!)!
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