Pomona College Visit Report by catsushi

Visit to Pomona College in October 2007 by catsushi
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 28 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - Best inteview I've had so far. I was lucky, the senior who interviewed me also spoke Russian and was born in Uzbekistan, so we had a lot to talk about. I was grilled about Physics and Psych, haha

Campus Tour: Yes - The first time I visited I went on a campus tour. It was slightly rainy that day, and the group was HUGE, which surprised admissions. The guides were helpful, and one introduced me to the swim coach.

Classroom Visit: Yes - I observed a Japanese class. Most of the students there were from Pitzer, and one was from Pomona. The class was energetic and willing to let me participate.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everywhere I went, I heard shouts of "PROSPIE OMGLKSDJFLDS". I was very much loved. My hostess was fabulous and later added me on Facebook.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't have too much interaction with the staff, but after receiving a defer for ED, I was able to talk to an admissions officer on the phone about my application.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Blue sky + green grass + palm trees = paradise. Pomona has large squirrels.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The dorms get cleaned often by janitors. The buildings are magnificant. I was so inspired by one that I sat down on a bench for an hour and drew it.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Clean, and bathrooms are there where needed. There was a couch outside the room where I slept in, and I often would walk out to find somebody taking an afternoon nap on it.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I felt pretty safe at Pomona. There are the emergency blue posts where needed, and security drives around in a golf cart.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Loved it. I loved it so much that I applied ED. The students were so interesting, the campus so peaceful.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There is Scripps, Pitzer, Harvey Mudd, and Claremont McKenna nearby. A little further off, there are some houses with streets that are named after colleges like Yale, Dartmouth, and Harvard. Random.



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
A very "small town" feel to it. There was a movie theater, Jamba Juice, a sushi place, Quiznos...everything that anyone ever needs.

Campus Visit Notes for Pomona College


Visit Description:

My first visit was in 2006, but it was my second visit in 2007 that I really got to know more about Pomona. I was able to meet the students, see what they did for fun, eat food (lots), visit a class, see a swim practice, and so on.

The students were amazingly happy and eager to meet me, to my surprise. They were proud of Pomona and boasted of it by urging me to apply ED. Most students who I met were outspoken, intelligent, and interesting. Some were guitar players, some were fencers. Others had a tendency to collect mattresses from overnight stays to use for mattress wars or surfing.

One thing I noticed is that I did a lot of eating when I was at Pomona. At 10:30 at night, Pomona has an event called "snack", where the dining hall serves random food like chicken, fruit, or pasta. Other students always had cookies to share. I now truly understand why the Freshman 15 exists.

But Pomona is just about food. There were always activities going on when I was visiting. While I was there, I had a choice between an "Office" party or a documentary hosted by the Womens' Union. I chose to watch the documentary about Hip Hop, and we were given Mochi Ice Cream (haha, here I go about food again).

As a swimmer, I noticed that Pomona has gorgeous, outdoor pools. I was able to watch the swim team practice, and the coach was very eager and willing to talk to me about training schedules and dryland workouts. Pomona sports is Division III, but there were still some pretty good swimmers.

Before I left, I sat in the hallway with some students; one boy brought out his guitar, and another girl brought out her violin, and they played songs and I had a fun time singing or listening to them play.

Pomona just seemed very alive to me, which made it stand out.