Claremont, CA
Pomona College


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Recent Reviews

Joanna
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pomona is not a perfect place, but it tries to be pretty darn close. On its website and mailing lists, Pomona advertises itse...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pomona is not a perfect place, but it tries to be pretty darn close. On its website and mailing lists, Pomona advertises itself as an elite liberal arts institution with small class sizes, approachable professors, rigorous academics, plenty of extracurricular activities, and quirky traditions like 47 and fountaining (look them up if you're curious!) While these aspects have been (mostly) true, what I have come to love about Pomona are its students and the communities that they create. I am always in awe of my peers and since Pomona encourage collaboration rather than competition, I get to benefit from working with them in and out of the classroom. Even though I am a biology major, I find myself in hour-long conversations about US-Mexican border politics with Latin-American studies majors, or in heated discussions about public transportation policies with Environmental Analysis majors. I am constantly learning and being challenged to gain new perspectives. Pomona students are always working hard to make Pomona and the world a better place. Our communities recognize issues like imposter syndrome and under-representation, and we constantly advocate for ourselves with the college administration, create workshops to address these challenges, and build spaces to continue brainstorming solutions to these problems. Most Pomona students will say that Pomona is not perfect, but that's because they care about it so much that they want it to be better. By learning to recognize imperfection and actively striving to make things better, we are trained to tackle other issues beyond Pomona. I am truly grateful for my time here. Through Pomona, I was able to study abroad in Denmark for a semester based on my normal financial aid package, with no extra cost. In fact, Pomona even paid for my airfare and gave me a stipend to travel and live abroad! Pomona also sponsored me to pursue unpaid internships during the school year through its PCIP program, giving me invaluable real-world experience. The classes here have been challenging and enlightening, and the professors are always approachable. It's not uncommon to be invited to dinner at professors' houses, and they constantly show that they care about your growth. I will remember my time here fondly, and I will always be thankful for the opportunities that Pomona has given me.

Michelle
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It provides an intimate student to student relationship through its small college experience and highlights a focus on learni...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It provides an intimate student to student relationship through its small college experience and highlights a focus on learning for the sake of learning. It is also a very safe campus with a lot of campus support. The consortium allows for a big college feel in a small college.

Jade
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Pomona is a place where the environment is very laid back and relaxed, but where people really care about their studies. Prof...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pomona is a place where the environment is very laid back and relaxed, but where people really care about their studies. Professors are very committed to and interested in what they teach, and the food isn't as bad as some people claim it to be. Everyone is warm and friendly, and one of my favorite things about campus is how excited people are to see people they know, even if they just saw them fifteen minutes prior (I may be sliiiightly speaking from experience).

Danielle
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The students here are among the most friendly you would ever come across! Same goes for the professors; they want to see you...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The students here are among the most friendly you would ever come across! Same goes for the professors; they want to see you succeed at everything you do and are willing to provide whatever you need. In addition to the professors, we have PLENTY of resources students can look into for anything, whether it be for help on that math problem set, putting together your LinkedIn profile, or mental health; you name it, we got it. What makes Pomona so great is that the college is part of the Claremont Consortium, so one can take classes at another one of the Claremont Colleges, eat at another campus' dining hall, or even live there! By the way, the food is fantastic! Aside from some of the dorms on the south side of campus do not have air conditioning, all the rooms, regardless of it being a single or double, are very spacious and come with just the right amount of furniture. The only thing one would need to bring would be decorations to put their own twist on the room. Another nice feature about Pomona is the Claremont Village; this is where you can hit up a nice selection of restaurants or smaller eateries with friends to relax, study, whichever you choose. The political climate can get rather warm sometimes, but if anything that just shows that the students are highly involved in campus and academic life all the same.

Efrain
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I believe Pomona College is an institution that caters for students of all backgrounds. The faculty and resources available r...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe Pomona College is an institution that caters for students of all backgrounds. The faculty and resources available re there to help all students excel in their academic. The social environment of Pomona College also allows for students of different backgrounds to meet and share ideas, leading to extremely in depth and intellectual conversations. I am adamant that Pomona College has one the most interdisciplinary and rewarding education in the country.

Kaylee
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I knew this was the place I would spend my next four years after my stay here during the spring of my senior year in high sch...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I knew this was the place I would spend my next four years after my stay here during the spring of my senior year in high school. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was lighter, happier, and simply better than any college I'd visited, and I visited more than several schools. Every student I met described Pomona as a "cooperative" community as opposed to the "competitive" atmosphere at many other top colleges. After attending for almost a whole semester now (wow, time has flown), I would say the same thing to any prospective student. The professors are always available and, not only that, but they truly care. They have even been known to reach out to students who are struggling in class (aka me in Chemistry). Speaking of classes, the sizes are small which means students can engage in thought-provoking conversations with their professors and peers. Pomona College has nearly unparalleled academics in terms of a liberal arts education, but the other 5C schools do as well. A Pomona student can attend classes at any college within the consortium: Scripps College, Pitzer College, Claremont Mckenna College, and Harvey Mudd College. This means you get the best of both worlds, a small college with class offerings and resources of a much larger one. Here, high quality academics comes with high quality food. Frank and Frary can get old, but luckily students get to choose between five different dining halls as per the 5C Consortium (I recommend Scripps any day of the week). The nightlife can often seem dead, but there's usually a large school-sponsored party at one of the 5Cs on any given weekend. Oh, and if you value high-energy level sports programs, this is not the school for you. If you can't tell, I love my school- given all that above and the So-Cal weather, in my opinion, it can't be beat. If you take the time to check out Pomona College and all it has to offer (spoiler: it's a lot) I'm sure you will, too. (Also, to any high school seniors applying for college, the essays will stop coming at some point and you will figure things out. Good luck wherever you find yourself next fall!)

Anthony
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I'm so glad I chose Pomona College. I'm only a freshman but the time I have spent here so far has been amazing. The student b...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm so glad I chose Pomona College. I'm only a freshman but the time I have spent here so far has been amazing. The student body is very welcoming, the teachers are great, the classes are stimulating, and the social scene is lit. I like how easy it is to choose and stay in my dorm and watch Netflix, or go out to a party and go nuts. The only downside is that sometimes, as a minority, you do feel a bit "othered" at times.

Aparna
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Pomona is a bustling hub for students to engage in both intellectual and recreational activity. There are great resources, pr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pomona is a bustling hub for students to engage in both intellectual and recreational activity. There are great resources, professors, and the location can't be beat- sunny Southern California; however, every educational setting comes with its flaws. Pomona offers its students many wonderful opportunities, but it does take a lot of adjusting and hard work to make use of those opportunities in a successful and efficient manner.

Dom
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I love it! Though no school is going to be perfect, the people are truly wonderful, and the collaborative air makes learning ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love it! Though no school is going to be perfect, the people are truly wonderful, and the collaborative air makes learning interesting even if the classes are difficult. The location and weather are gorgeous, professors are brilliant, and the awareness of political issues really widens your perspective.

Rebecca
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Pomona was an incredible place for undergraduate education. The class sizes were small, the accessibility to professors was r...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pomona was an incredible place for undergraduate education. The class sizes were small, the accessibility to professors was remarkable, and the class discussions were always lively. There were amazing opportunities to do research in any field, starting freshman year. Since there are no graduate students or post-doctoral fellows at Pomona, the undergrads get an unparalleled research experience in which they are doing all the important work with their professors. Professors are engaged in research and enjoy mentoring students, but their main priority is teaching. Outside of the classroom, the social life at Pomona is vibrant. There are amazing support systems in place, starting with sponsor group dorm hallways freshman year. There are students groups for everything, and it's very easy to create your own. With the Claremont Consortium, students get the best of both worlds - a small, intimate college setting as well as a larger community a block away with the resources of a larger University. This includes access to classes, professors and social activities at all of the colleges. Finally, Pomona is in Southern California! Not only does SoCal boast amazing weather, but also amazing resources outside of the college campus. These include: the city of Los Angeles, numerous world-famous art museums, and many natural wonders to explore. Pomona College is one of the best small, liberal arts colleges in the country, and it is an amazing place to spend 4 years. I wish it were more!

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