Pomona College Visit Report by trompette003
Admissions Interview: Yes - The web site says call a couple weeks in advance. I called a month ahead and got the last appointment that week. If you want an interview, make the appointment as soon as you know you're visiting
Information Session: Yes - My parents attended this while I visited a class. They felt it reviewed the information from the web site. The presenter stressed sending in the arts, science, and athletic supplements if applicable.
Campus Tour: Yes - We had a new tour guide and an experienced helper. They were both very approachable, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. They pointed out the recent renovations and showed us a dorm room.
Classroom Visit: Yes - Unlike some schools that control your time on campus, Pomona allows prospects to look at the schedule and pick the classes to visit. If visiting in the fall try a Critical Inquiry class at 11 on T/R.
Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College
This was one of my last college visits so I knew exactly what I wanted to see, which classes I wanted to observe and what questions I wanted to ask. Pomona College exceeded my expectations on all accounts.
We flew into LAX and arrived on a Wednesday afternoon in time for the tour. The drive took about ninety minutes. The flight to LAX saved my parents about $300 as opposed to flying into Ontario airport. (When I'm alone I'll probably use Ontario because they say it's much closer and easier.)
I will try to play a varsity sport so I did have some previous correspondence with the coach who lined up my host, invited me to observe a practice, and invited me to eat dinner with the team. This was extremely helpful because I ran into some of the guys during the rest of the visit and it was nice to see some familiar faces. I think I had to sign something saying I would not use alcohol or controlled substances while on my visit. This issue never came up.
I also contacted the music department to line up an appointment to meet with one of the directors. In our correspodence he encouraged me to bring my instrument and play for him. I also lined up a private lesson with an adjunct teacher on my instrument. This was a great way for me to get to learn more about the music department and vice versa. On my second day I went to observe the jazz ensemble rehearsal. They asked me to sit in so I was very happy that my parents were just a few blocks away and could deliver it. After the jazz ensemble rehearsal, I observed the orchestra rehearsal which was quite impressive.
Pomona admissions does not schedule class visits or professor appointments. To make the most of your visit, you really need to make these contacts on your own before you get to campus. As I mentioned before, make the interview appointment first.
We flew home on a Saturday so our visit was two and a half school days and three nights. I met two academic professors, three music faculty members, a coach, and several students. I felt going into this that my best chance for admission was ED 1 so my parents and I agreed that I had to be certain that this was the school. I also felt that I needed to have both a coach and music staff advocating for me.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed at the Doubletree in Claremont. Parents found a very good pre-pay rate on internet. It was nice to be so close because it gave me a break from campus
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
We ate a couple meals at Harvard Square because it was close to campus. There are many good options within walking distance.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
We were always able to find fairly close street parking when going to the villiage, or in the admissions lot when on campus.