The Beautiful Flexibility of a Small(ish) School

Chris Meng with his admit letter
By Chris Meng ‘23 Pomona College has all the amazing perks of a small school without sacrificing the overwhelming variety of resources of a bigger college. If it weren’t for the flexibility and spirit of exploration built into the values of Pomona, I wouldn’t be here today as a first-year student. Let me tell you about my winding path to Pomona. To begin, I wasn’t accepte...
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A Letter for Incoming Black Students, from a Black Student

By Ebere Amadi '22 It was a 47-minute car ride from my house to Pomona College on Move-In Day, August 25th, 2018. I drove down the 60 freeway with a car full of family, luggage, and Frank Ocean’s nostalgic tunes. As the familiar melodies of Ivy and Nights boomed through my speakers, I almost cried as Frank beautifully sang “we’ll never be those kids again” because it was tru...
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Failure at Pomona

Danny with challah dough
By Danny DeBare ‘22 Failure is both the most and least talked about phenomenon at Pomona. Students at Pomona throw it into casual conversations: “Oh my gosh, I totally just failed that midterm!” Yet this over-exaggerated comment–dare I say joke­–almost rarely equates to a D or F grade. On the other hand, when not getting cast in theater productions, or not receiving specifi...
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Good Weather Is a Good Basis for Making Your College Decision

Sarah and Leah in the pool
By Sarah Binau '19 My personal weather-related nightmare: feeling my snot freeze into icy boogers inside my nose in the 7 a.m. darkness as I unsuccessfully scrape an inch of ice from the windshield of the car with my icicle fingers, exhaust fumes adding to the gray sky’s clouds, wondering how far away June is. Except this isn’t a nightmare; it was my reality growing up in th...
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“You Can Truly Reinvent Yourself in College”

field trip to archaeology museum
By Daphne Chapline ‘22 While visiting other colleges, I was astonished to hear that, in many places, you need to know your major as soon as you apply, and students find it extremely difficult to switch majors once they have declared. As a young person, I find it scary to think that at such a formative time in our development, we have to make a (somewhat) pivotal decision abo...
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Tips About Financial Aid

Pomona Hall
By Kensi Martinez ‘21 Before coming to Pomona, I attended a highly competitive public high school in Los Angeles, where I learned to strive for top grades. Once I started classes at Pomona though, I was surprised to discover that a collaborative learning process—working together on class projects and studying with my classmates—was the norm here. Having gone through the p...
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On Being Part of an Underrepresented Group at Pomona

FLi at 1vy-G, the inter-Ivy, First-Gen Conference
By Daniel Garcia ’21 On campus, I work for Dean Townes, the Associate Dean for Student Mentoring and Leadership, who oversees all of Pomona’s mentoring programs. We have 10 mentoring programs at Pomona that provide a current student mentor to first-year students from similar backgrounds. While the mentor programs are almost entirely student-run and organized, the team under ...
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How Pomona Shot to the Top of My List

drone shot of campus
By Libby Rose ‘19 Let’s start from the beginning. During my college application process, I knew I wanted a small liberal arts college in southern California. The Claremont Colleges were an obvious option. Everything I had researched about Pomona during my junior year of high school seemed fantastic. But it was during the summer before my senior year that Pomona really began ...
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Shattering My Routine Through a Gap Year

with friends in Ecuador
By Danny DeBare ‘22 It feels weird and, to be perfectly honest, sort of pretentious. When introducing myself on campus, I constantly find myself adding “But I took a gap year!” to almost every conversation. I am a first year. But, at the same time, I’m not; I lived in Ecuador for seven months before landing at Pomona, stretching my comfort zone in a year outside the traditio...
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Academic Adventures with Pomona’s Area Requirements

image of Geology class members
By Jacinta Chen '21 If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re interested in learning about how Pomona’s curriculum works and how it might work for you once you arrive on campus.  In short, Pomona’s curriculum involves fulfilling six breadth of study requirements, a foreign language requirement, and a physical education requirement, as well as taking one critical inquiry se...
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