Pomona College Visit Report by Youdon'tsay

Visit to Pomona College in September 2020 by Youdon'tsay
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2012)
(Member since September 29 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Too early in ds's junior year to get an interview or overnight.

Information Session: Yes - Unimpressive, IMO. The guy never even introduced himself, though we got a card later so I now know who he is. We did the tour first, so that's part of the reason the info session was redundant.

Campus Tour: Yes - Crowd was huge because it was a holiday. Four tour guides left at once, but each group was still really large. Our guide was a little over the top in manner, but quite informative.

Overnight Visit: No - See above. Will note that the free, hosted student lunch is a nice touch, though, again, the group was really large so it was kind of hard to hear.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Yes and no. I love the way Pomona lets you look at course offerings ahead of time to pick classes. But once we got there we realized that the "Pomona" classes he picked were both CMC classes


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
We had dinner with someone we met through cc, and he was a great ambassador. The tour guide and student at lunch were, uh, quirkier, than we expected.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I didn't feel like the staff went out of its way to be helpful, but if you asked for help, they'd get you an answer -- eventually. Again it was crazy-busy so that may not be typical.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We were really impressed with the beauty of the campus. Nicer than expected.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Saw no problems.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We saw an unusual example of a room from a friend who lives at the language house. HUGE room but not sure it's representative.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Saw no problems.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I have an older ds at another top-notch LAC, but I can tell Pomona has more money. Everything just seemed first-class in a California way.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I didn't really shop the Village, but it and the surrounding neighborhood seemed quite charming.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Not much to say. It was nice.

Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College


Visit Description:

Because ds is a junior, he wasn't allowed to do an interview or overnight so we kind of crafted our own visit. We were there on parents' weekend, so ds and I met a mom and son I had "known" for a few years through cc. They bought us dinner at Frary, which was delicious. They love Pomona, and we learned a lot from them.

The next day we went for the tour first and then info session. The tour group was a little unwieldy. You couldn't hear unless you got right up on the guide. He was good and enthusiastic. Sometimes, a little too enthusiastic for our tastes, but we enjoyed the tour and learned a lot.

Info session was surprisingly bland. The guy doing it seemed nice enough, but it was too redundant with the tour. As mentioned above, he never even introduced himself. It felt weird. CMC's was MUCH better.

Ds ended up not even going to a Pomona class as the ones he chose to attend ended up being at CMC. I guess that's not a bad thing, but it did give me pause.

We were pleasantly surprised how fluid the enrollment, campuses and social scene were. I had watched the official tour video but didn't get that sense. We also toured CMC the next day, so if you're really interested in the social aspects, I'll write more about it in the CMC review.

As I wrote earlier, Pomona presents as a top-notch LAC. It helped that the weather was beautiful for mid-February. I really liked hearing more about the things I already knew about, such as sponsor groups, but being on campus helped provide the context for it. I have a greater appreciation for the consortium and how it works.

Bottom line: Ds said he definitely will apply.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Doubletree. Nice but pricey.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

The Salsas place by the Doubletree was not great, IMO.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Had our first-ever In-N-Out burger!