Pomona College Visit Report by catsushi
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 Visit Notes for Pomona College
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.