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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

common app and supplement, with additional optional essay and interview. No merit scholarships, but 100% financial need covered by scholarship.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Core requirements are easy to fulfill and include social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and a foreign language. Major requirements vary, most require a thesis. Advisors, after freshman year, are chosen by students and tend to be helpful. Most class are under 25 students and professors are very accessible. There is strong encouragement of and many opportunities for research. Workload is generally high but grading tends to be on the lenient side, though some professors are tough. The study abroad office has a wide variety of programs, most requiring proficiency in a foreign language.

Quality of Life

Over 90% of students live on campus all four years which fosters a good sense of community. Overall the the dorms are nice and have mostly single rooms. Dining is very good with the ability to eat at the dining halls of all 5 Claremont Colleges adding to variety. Facilities are generally clean and well maintained though the fitness center is not state of the art. Claremont is a little bit to quite but all essentials are within 10 minutes driving distance and Los Angeles is only 1 hour away. Overall students are very friendly and happy.

Admissions

Supplemental application to the common app with an additional essay, interviews recommended, early decision available

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Small classes. Professors are exceptionally accessible. Lots of opportunities for research, every major can study abroad, core classes are great.

Quality of Life

Good food, good library, pretty safe.

Admissions

Interview, lots of essays, I applied early decision II. There was a common application.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Professors are very accessible. Class sizes are small and there are a lot of research opportunities.

Quality of Life

Great people, great housing, great area in California, the library is great. I feel very safe on and off campus.

Admissions

Common Application plus a supplemental part with a few unique essay questions. Interviews are important but not necessary.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

PE requirement, 3-semester language requirement (which can be skipped with a relevant AP, IB, or SAT II score), 1 full-credit course in each of the following general areas: creative expression, quantitative reasoning, physcial sciences, human ethics and values, human behavior and social institutions. Study abroad is very popular. Academics are rigorous, and students work very hard, but generally achieve a good balance of academic and hands-on learning through extracurriculars, outdoor trips, or other activities. Professors are extremely accessible and invested in the students. Very little competitiveness among students -- the greatest competition is with yourself.

Quality of Life

Housing is guaranteed for all 4 years and generally excellent. Other campus facilities are wonderful, including the library, labs, athletic facilities, dining halls, etc.

Admissions

Pomona uses the Common Application in addition to a supplement which includes extra essays. All demonstrated need is guaranteed to be met, eliminating student loans. Applicants may also complete an optional interview and send in alternative media, such as a video, to supplement their application.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Five breadth of study areas, of which students are required to take at least one class from each. There is also a freshman seminar each freshman is required to take in the first semester. These seminars have 15 or fewer students, with one professor, and it is supposed to be a writing class. Pomona is all undergrad, so professors do research with undergrads, and it is relatively easy for the students to get a research opportunity with a full-fledged professor, even freshman year. We have relatively notable faculty, but they are so approachable, that we notice it less. Most majors require students to write a senior thesis. Over 70% of classes are under 30 students, and the majority are 15 or fewer. The school is not an overly competitive place, in that the students are not cut-throat with each other; we're generally very helpful toward one another. There are over 30 school-sponsored study abroad programs, but it is not difficult to petition to take a non-Pomona program. We're also affiliated with Middlebury Study Abroad, which is a great program. Over all, the academic experience is wonderful.

Quality of Life

Dorms are wonderful! Housekeeping takes great care of us. The neighborhood the schools are in is pleasant, in a middle-aged sort of way. The Village of Claremont is a fun place to eat, though a bit pricey for college students. The campus facilities are all top-notch. The library is shared with the consortium, so we have the resources of a mid-sized school library, in a small school.

Admissions

Pomona uses the Common Application, but there is a supplement, with different essay questions. Interviews are recommended, and can be in the form of an on-campus interview with a senior interviewer, or an alumni interview. There are two early decision dates, and then a regular decision admission program. The application process is need-blind.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Breadth of study requirements are not a burden, allow students to explore different fields and bring specialized knowledge to diverse studies. Research with faculty is available as a freshman and not overly competitive.

Quality of Life

Almost everyone is consistently happy, even in the face of monstrous work. The neighborhood and campus are relatively safe. The food gets better and better. Love it.

Admissions

Supplement to Common App, Interview, generally standard, but almost all forms were required on paper.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Strong focus on SAT scores, difficulty of high school curriculum, and grades. Approx 90% of entering first-year class was in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes, and the average composite SAT score hovers around 2250.

Students need high numbers to be admitted, but they can be slightly below the averages if a student: comes from a "diverse background", is a recruited athlete, had a parent who attended Pomona, or has significant non-academic accomplishments (see: published research, took time off school to work for a non-profit, high level of artistic talent). Students who don't fall into either of these categories should try to stand out by writing off-beat essays that highlight their personalities.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Liberal arts education, must take a course in each of the five areas, foreign language requirement. Professors are available almost anytime you need. Class size is small, perfect for discussions, professor know your name. Going to lunch with a professor is not uncommon. Grading is tough, exams are hard, challenging, but enriching. Workload is tremendous, but not is doable. Professor are extremely passionate and dedicated to their subject matter. Study abroad is very common, but hard for pre-med students to fit in.

Quality of Life

Housing is expensive, but financial aid is phenomenal. Everything is within walking distance. All facilities are up to date and nice. The library is a great place to study, but there also many many other places to study. I have never felt unsafe on campus and crime is basically non-existant.

Admissions

Common Application plus a supplement (unique question: Something that have recently done just for plain fun, not academics). Regular Decision. Interview optional, but highly recommended. Tremendous scholarship opportunities

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

5 area requirements, foreign language proficiency requirement, PE requirement, freshman seminar requirements. must meet with academic advisor at least once per term. most degrees have 10-15 major requirements. class sizes generally small (avg. =15). professors are very accessible through office hours and appointments + after class (all classes taught by profs. , not TAs). Research opportunities start freshman year. Academics are rigorous but not competitive, collaboration is encouraged, professors want you to learn. Claremont Consortium allows cross registration with 5 other UG institutions. Study abroad encouraged and popular. Workload is heavy.

Quality of Life

Pomona is expensive, but financial aid is generous. Housing is generally really nice and fun (97% live on campus for 4 years). library and other facilities are accessible and well-maintainged. Claremont is super safe.

Admissions

Common applications w/ need based financial aid only. Short supplement with an optional essay (what you do for fun). Interviews are encouraged but not required. EDI and EDII.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

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