Pomona College Visit Report by lolcats4

Visit to Pomona College in April 2009 by lolcats4
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 22 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Campus Tour: Yes - I took several student-led, mini-tours of different areas of the campus (this was during an Admitted Students Day). The tour-guides were very helpful in relating their experiences.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Took Modern Political Theory (40-student lecture) and Psycholinguistics (12 person seminar). Professors were engaging, funny, and enthusiastic, and the students reciprocated.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Although one aspect of the event was to "sell" Pomona to admitted people, I could tell that the students were genuinely (and infectiously) eager to talk about Pomona and answer all of my que



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very friendly; everyone was smiling. The professors treated me like I was already one of their students.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
It manages to look better in person than in the viewbook (and isn't it usually the other way around?). Absolutely phenomenal, and unlike many other beautiful campuses, it didn't feel sterile



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The buildings that I went into were clean and well maintained, some more so than others (classrooms vs dorms).



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The dorm rooms are quite large, and something like 25% of freshman rooms, and 70% of all dorms on campus as singles. There are ample lounges, dorm courtyards/quads, study rooms, kitchens, etc.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I've heard stories of bike theft, but people should just lock their bikes. The campus is very safe, as is the surrounding community. Pomona provides golf cart escorts but no one uses them.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Spectacular architecture, landscaping, scenery (looking to the mountains in the north, or south from the hill behind the track field), fountains, the consortium, the list goes on and on! A+


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The Village has some of the essentials (Jamba Juice, theater) but is expensive. While very pretty, Claremont won't be enough to satisfy those who want to escape campus for a little while.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Thankfully, Los Angeles is only about an hour away, with all of its attractions and opportunities (as well as the beach!). Outdoor opportunities abound at places like Joshua Tree.

Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College


Visit Description:

My visit was during Pomona's second Admissions Day for admitted students. I was already fairly set on Pomona before I visited, but was still considering Columbia when I arrived. By the end of the day, my decision to go to Pomona was cemented.

The amount of money Pomona spends on creating near-limitless opportunities for its students is just incredible. The student body is very friendly, athletic, and laid-back, and the professors I met were outstanding. It's obvious the school takes very good care of its students, and the location and weather are unbeatable. I felt right at home, and I can't wait until next fall when I finally get to step back onto the beautiful campus.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Stayed at the DoubleTree, which was nice, reasonably priced, and less than five minutes away from campus. They were nice and upgraded our room to one with another bed for free.