Pomona College Visit Report by missy4537

Visit to Pomona College in October 2020 by missy4537
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2012)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:

Admissions Interview: Yes - A very relaxed and pleasant conversation. They arranged for my daughter to meet with a Department Chair to answer her specific questions.

Information Session: Yes - We were on campus for the first time to attend "Admitted Students Day." We were incredibly impressed by how happy the students and faculty were - much more so than the East Coast Ivies we vi

Campus Tour: Yes - Gorgeous campus. The surrounding neighborhood is lovely and incredibly safe. Within walking distance is "The Village" full of restaurants, stores and even a Farmer's Market. Charming

Classroom Visit: Yes - My child sat in on Diff EQ math and a Cognitive Science class. Both classes had fewer than 10 students. The teachers were interesting and engaging.


Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Students are genuinely friendly. They spoke at length of the spirit of teamwork and cooperation, which quite a departure from some of the more cutthroat schools we visited.

Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Parents had lunch with faculty and staff all of whom had worked at the school for at least 10 years. These people clearly loved their jobs.

Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Gorgeous California chic.

Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everything was clean and updated.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The dorm rooms are spacious with an unusually high number of single rooms. My daughter was able to get a single room as a freshman. Most stay on campus all four years.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Our tour guides said it was a running joke at how few safety "alerts" the students received, and the alerts were very benign, as in someone "thought" they saw someone "sketchy

Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Gorgeous appearance and atmosphere.


Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The adjacent area called "The Village" was wonderful. Students can walk to stores, boutiques, restaurants and clubs. There is a Farmer's Market every weekend.

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Students can be on top of Mt. Baldy skiing in 30 minutes. They can be at the beach in 45 minutes.

Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College

Visit Description:

Features of Pomona that stood out:
1) Social interaction/student happiness. Freshmen attend a 5 Day "Orientation Adventure" (included in tuition). Among the options are surfing and hiking in Sequoia National Park. This is a fantastic team building opportunity. In addition, students are divided into small social groups within their dorms which are another way for them to adjust to college and make friends. All of the students we met were involved in on campus clubs, groups and sports. There are a lot of school funds available to support the social life on campus.

2) Teacher interaction and availability:
Freshmen go on a weekend retreat with their advisory groups, which includes one on one meetings with their advisor. Students register for classes after this retreat. With the small class size, students and teachers have great rapport. Teachers often invited their classes to their houses for dinner.

3) Research opportunities:
My child is interested in science and math. With a $1 million endowment per student, there are an impressive amount of undergraduate research opportunities available, including grants for summer research. Pomona will even fund research at other institutions.

4) Jobs and Grad School Opportunities
The seniors who spoke at the Information Session all had incredibly impressive jobs and/or grad schools lined up, including: a six figure consulting job, Harvard Psych Phd program, an Ivy League med school (forget which one), a Fulbright to the Czech Republic, and several impressive Silicon Valley jobs with Apple, Google, etc.

5) Type A Students + Laid Back Atmosphere = Magic
With one of the lowest admission rates, you don't get into Pomona unless you are a driven, high achieving academic machine. Unlike the stressed out students we saw in abundance at schools like MIT and Duke, the Pomona students were remarkably chill. All students talked about the cooperative and laid back atmosphere on campus.

6) A Perfect Climate!
There is a fun day each year when the Pomona students ski in the morning and hit the beach in the afternoon....it sounded like a blast.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Stayed at the nearby Doubletree - very nice.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Tried several restaurants in The Village as recommended by Yelp. They were very good. There was a nice bakery and some other lower priced places that would be good for a student budget.

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

Train station directly behind campus. Zipcars are available for hourly and daily rental.