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Academics

At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get "an academically rigorous education" in a "low-stress California atmosphere." At this prestigious liberal arts school, "The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp," and "all classes are taught by professors, not grad students or TAs." With small class sizes in every department, "there is an emphasis on collaborative learning," and "many professors are great discussion leaders and really motivate students to get involved in class." Students have the advantage of "getting to know professors outside the classroom, in any setting, from office hours, to Thanksgiving dinner at their homes." Illustrating how personal the experience can be, a student tells us, "Today, I had a class with seven people in it, then lunch with a physics professor, and then a personal tutorial with a philosophy professor." Another student adds, "Between department barbecues, parties, and weekend retreats, by the time you're an upperclassman, you will know most of the professors in your major department quite well." In complement to the intimate academic atmosphere, Pomona "offers the resources of a large university" through the Claremont College consortium, which offers joint events and crossregistration with four adjoining colleges. Among other programs, "Pomona pays for students to take otherwise unpaid internship positions." Students praise Pomona's "efficiency in taking care of administrative tasks such as financial aid and registration," adding that the administration "is very good at responding to what students want."

Student Body

At Pomona, only a quarter or so of students are from California, yet the California attitude reigns supreme. Here, you'll find a number of "tree-hugging, rock-climbing, Tom's shoes-wearing" undergraduates, with most students generally falling within the "liberal, upper-middle-class, hipster-athlete" continuum. Students report a "decent level of diversity and a strong international community." Studious and talented, Pomona undergraduates "excel in the classroom and usually have some sort of passion that they pursue outside of the classroom." "Underneath our sundresses and rainbow flip-flops, we're all closet nerds—everybody is really passionate about something or other." At Pomona, "you will meet the football player who got a perfect score on his SAT or the dreadlocked hippie who took multivariable calculus when he was sixteen." Dress code is uniformly casual, and "flip-flops, polo, or tank tops and shorts" are the unofficial uniform.

Campus Life

Pomona students are "ridiculously happy" about their lot in life, and why shouldn't they be? They're living in a "perfect world full of intelligent, engaging, and open individuals, amazing academics, brilliant opportunities to get involved in, and enough sunshine to make anyone happy to be alive." The weather is a key aspect of the experience, and "on a nice day, everyone heads outside in shorts and t-shirts to do their class work." On any given day, "you'll see people setting up telescopes outside the dorms at night to try to get a glimpse of the stars, you'll find people practicing ukulele on our quad, you'll see students filming for a project in the dining halls, [or] you'll see someone riding around campus on a bamboo bike." "Many people are involved in intramural sports," and students love "hiking, skiing, and going to the beach year round." There are many beautiful beaches in the area, and "Joshua Tree is only an hour and a half away, so there are camping trips there just about every weekend." Though the school is small, there are four other undergraduate colleges in the Claremont Consortium, and Pomona students can "take their classes, eat at their dining halls, go to their parties, swim in their pools, and generally share in a great experience." When it's time to blow off steam, "there are large 5C-sponsored parties that people go to and enjoy."

Overview

Applicants
8,102
Acceptance Rate
9%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
670 - 770

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 780

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 1

Regular — January 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
241
with Terminal Degree
226

130
Men
111
Women
78
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
97%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Neuroscience

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Music

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dance
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Roy Disney '51
The Walt Disney Company

Myrlie Evers Williams '68
Former Chair, NAACP

Cruz Reynoso '53
Former CA Supreme Court Associate Justice

Brian Schatz '94
U.S. Senator

Lynda Obst '72
Writer, Producer--Contact, Sleepless in Seattle

Bill Keller '70
Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times

Kris Kristofferson '58
Singer-songwriter, recording artist, actor

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
92%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
97%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$46,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$92,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$105,000

Percent High Job Meaning
75%

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

Pomona's Career Development Office offers advising and counseling to help students explore their interests and discover careers to which they might be suited; hosts career fairs and recruiting events; and provides resources for networking job searches. It also hosts a Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships Expo that brings representatives from foundations and universities to discuss post- graduate opportunities. However despite the number of offerings, many students list the Career Office as an area that "could definitely be better" and say that the school needs "more resources for internships and career development." On the other hand, several students cite their professors as a helpful resource to "get the internships and jobs that we want or need for our desired careers," and more than 200 students conduct mentored research, with a stipend, each summer. Overall, students say that Pomona provides "a diverse education that will prepare students for whatever they choose to do afterward" and out of alumni visiting PayScale.com, 43 percent report that they derive meaning from their career.

While a foreign language requirement in college is nothing new, Pomona College offers students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in another language. The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations offers conversation courses in six major languages—Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The Center also provides a select number of students with the option of living in a language dorm, where students not only take the normal language courses but they also live surrounded by the language all day long. One Spanish major praises the language programs at Pomona, saying that the College's "Foreign Language Resource Center has free tutoring from students in high-level language courses." One popular gathering place at lunch are the language tables in the Oldenborg Center dining hall, where students congregate to practice their conversational foreign language skills with native speakers. Every day, these tables accommodate the six major languages but for students who are interested in practicing a new language, the language tables also offer other options on a rotating basis, from Tagalog and Hindu/Urdu to Persian, Swedish, and Armenian.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$49,433

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$46,039

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
36%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,738

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$44,703

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,720
Required Fees
$355
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$600

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,150
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,660
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

14.19%
Asian
8.28%
African-American
15.16%
Hispanic
38.06%
Caucasian
5.42%
Unknown
10.96%
International

51% female
49% male
70% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
98%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
280
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Sagehens)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Sagehens)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Claremont McKenna College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Harvey Mudd College

Sustainability

As the founding member of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, Pomona College in California might be expected to be a green leader. The college has had an environmental policy since 2003, when strict environmental standards for new construction on campus were first implemented. That early commitment to green building continues today. All existing buildings are regularly retrofitted to improve energy efficiency in lighting, HVAC and other building systems, and the college's new Sontag and Pomona Residence Halls are LEED Platinum. Pomona’s Environmental Analysis Program incorporates sustainability across the curriculum by offering eleven concentrations in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Student programs and campus engagement efforts include a green office certification program, green living training for all RAs and student mentors, an annual sustainability film festival, and a program where students can get free drying racks, CFL light bulbs, and compost buckets. With a change to self-operated dining, the college was able to increase sustainable food purchases and became the first liberal arts college to receive Marine Stewardship Council certification. Funding is available for students to participate in a variety of sustainability-related research with faculty, both on and off campus. Additionally, a team of students and faculty were awarded the Excellence in Innovations for Sustainability award for their hand-built mobile power station “SolTrain.” Pomona for Environmental Activism and Responsibility (PEAR), the Environmental Quality Committee (EQC), Food Rescue, Green Bikes, the Organic Farm, and Clean Sweep/ReCoop are a few of the college’s sustainability-related student organizations. Together, they work on diverse projects ranging from dorm energy use competitions to running a campus bike shop and bike exchange. For students seeking to continue their sustainability work after graduation, the college’s Career Development Office offers special green sector programming during Career Week.

98/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
180

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Through our bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions

Address
Sumner Hall
333 N. College Way
Claremont, CA 91711

Phone
909-621-8134

Email
admissions@pomona.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Smith Campus Center
Sontag Greek Theater
Skyspace
The Coop
The Farm

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Los Angeles and Pasadena
J. Paul Getty Center
Universal Studios, Disneyland
Joshua Tree National Park, Angeles National Forest
Dodgers, Lakers, Angels, Galaxy, etc.
http://www.pomona.edu/about/location/campus-and-beyond.aspx

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday plus Saturdays during fall
8am-4:30pm (M-F); 10am-1pm (Sa)
909-621-8134

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
http://www.pe.pomona.edu/information/prospective_athletes

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
joel.hart@pomona.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Varies throughout the year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport is 10 miles from campus. Taxi, shuttle service, and rental cars are available at the airport. A 24-hour express shuttle to Claremont is available; for this service, call 800-554-6458 or, in California, 909-973-1100 or 310-338-1111. It is also possible to fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), then take a commuter flight to Ontario, rent a car, or take a shuttle van to Claremont. Greyhound buses serve Claremont; the terminal is just south of I-10, approximately a mile and a half from campus. Metrolink (commuter rail) serves Claremont from downtown L.A.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From anywhere except Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, take I-10 to Indian Hill Blvd. (Exit 47). Drive north approximately one mile to Bonita Ave.; turn right and go 4 blocks to the Summer Hall parking lot (on left). From Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley, take I-210 (Foothill Freeway) E. and exit Towne Ave. Drive south approximately one mile; turn left on Foothill Blvd. (Rte. 66). Continue east 2 miles to Indian Hill Blvd.; turn right and proceed south 10 blocks to Bonita Ave. Turn left on Bonita and go 4 blocks to the Summer Hall parking lot (on left).


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