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Pomona is pretty non-religious (when I applied, I think it ranked on the Princeton Review's "Least Religious Colleges" list), but that's not so strange for a liberal arts college in a blue state. If you are religious, though (like me), it's not an abrasive atmosphere--people just don't talk about it much. Pomona is big on tolerance, so the vast majority of people will be fine with what you believe as long as those beliefs aren't perceived as intolerant; for example, if your religious beliefs inform highly conservative views on reproductive rights, gay marriage, etc., you'll have those views challenged, but not your religious belief itself.
The international students are a very cohesive group. They do a lot of bonding activities together and since it's a 5C organization the international students get a great experience. It's definitely welcoming- people love to hear international student perspectives, and some international students are the most well known students on campus! Really, we wish there were more international students.
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Written by Peter Cook
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.
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