Pomona College Visit Report by wrldtravlr

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

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Pomona interviews Seniors only.

Information Session: Yes - Interesting session by a great speaker; kept reminding us about the importance of fit, how she reads fantastic apps that sound perfect for another school, and hope that student has applied there also.

Campus Tour: Yes - Good tour guide with many fun anecdotes thrown in. Covered almost everything. Took us to the oldest dorm so we could see the worst it gets, didn't even mention the new dorm.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very nice and friendly students. Altogether we met about 8 or 9.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Admissions officers were very helpful and kind, even during busy Spring Break tours.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Gorgeous, green, lovely. Truly an East Coast LAC with a California twist, with the beautiful stucco buildings, foilage, etc.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Didn't see anything out of place. Looks like the college version of Disneyland.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Saw the oldest Freshman dorm, still was very nice. They have a plan so that each dorm will be renovated every 10 years, about 6 years into it.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Claremont looks very safe, but that being said there is always a dad who asks this question and they said the usual things, blue lights, security, escort, etc.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
So lovely and perfect it almost didn't seem real.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Lovely homes, many in the Craftsman style.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Claremont is a very cute town with lots of small places to eat, a cool movie theater, etc.

Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College


Visit Description:

We did the tour and info session, then went to the hosted lunch at Frank with 5 Pomona students. They were wonderful, and all looked thrilled to be there, and were excited to share their love of Pomona. We had contact with about 8 students all together, and in this small sampling there was definitely a 'quirky' vibe. Everyone seemed so amazingly smart; I was wondering if we had accidentally gone to Caltech or something :). The food was very good, and the guide said this was considered one of the 'least special' dining halls. You can also use Claremont dollars in many places in town. The campus did seem to have some diversity, which is important to us.

Our impression was that even though the consortium is strong, Pomona appears to be the school that sticks to themselves the most. The students seem to feel a slight superiority to the other Claremont colleges, judging by the comments that we heard at lunch. The admissions officer, on the other hand, talked about the benefits of the different specialities of the colleges, and how that added to the Pomona students' choices. She seemed to tire of the compare/contrast different Claremont colleges questions, however. She made it clear she wanted to talk about Pomona, not talk about the Keck Science Center, or the PPE program at CMC, as she wasn't as informed about those programs, which I can respect. (In a nice way she was saying 'go visit those other colleges and figure it out for yourselves, people').

Pomona students are so happy, and so spoiled. They seem to get money thrown at them for just about anything they want to do; Disneyland, a concert in LA, a new club, a research project. It does seem like a wonderful, gorgeous, sheltered, caring place to spend four years of your life, but, as the admissions officer said, I think that 'fit' would be really important here. Many visit and fall in love; DS liked it, but not sure if he will apply or not, whereas before visiting this was his top choice.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at the Ontario Suites in Montclair. We were trying to budget and not go to the Doubletree in Claremont. I would not recommend this motel; not as clean and well-kept as I would like.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

We ate at Saca's Mediterranean Cuisine. Nice, simple, order at the counter place. Good falafel and lamb shawerma platter.

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

Really good movie selection at the theater in Claremont; Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, can't remember the others.