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What the College Guides Say

By the Numbers
8 Ranking in Forbes 2014 "America's Top Colleges"
5 Ranking in US News and World Report's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges List
1 Ranking among liberal arts colleges for endowments per student
10 Ranking among colleges by numbers of Fulbright Fellowships to the class of 2011
8 Ranking among small colleges for 2012 graduates participating in the Teach for America program

Forbes (2015)

“Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, CA. Established in 1887, it is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of neighboring schools. The college offers 47 majors. Students can choose from approximately 650 classes at Pomona and over 2,200 classes offered through the consortium. Around 80% of students have taken a class at another Claremont school. Nearly all students live on campus. Pomona emphasizes interaction between students and faculty: The school boasts an 8:1 student-faculty ratio and 68% of faculty members invited students to their homes during the past academic year. There are more than 220 student organizations across the five undergraduate campuses, and Pomona teams up with Pitzer College for its intercollegiate sports programs. Popular campus traditions include Ski-Beach Day, when students spend a morning skiing in the San Gabriel Mountains and an afternoon lounging at a nearby beach, and Mufti, a secret society that occasionally plasters pun-filled messages around campus. Notable alumni include former Walt Disney Company executive Roy E. Disney and former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller.”

Kiplinger's Personal Finance's Best Values in Private Colleges (2014)

"“If you’re looking for an Ivy League-style school among the palm trees of Southern California, check out Pomona College. Our runner-up has alternated between first and second place in our rankings over the past five years, hitting number one most recently in 2011. Credit Pomona’s consistent rankings success to its stellar academics. The 13% admissions rate is tied with Amherst for most competitive in our entire list of top 100 liberal arts colleges. And Pomona’s no-loan financial-aid policy keeps average debt for students who borrow to less than $16,000.” 

Read the Kiplinger's Best Values in Colleges issue.

Ranked #5 for best values for liberal arts colleges in 2015, #9 among all colleges in 2015

The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2015

"This small liberal arts college tucked into Southern California boasts 'very curious and passionate students' and a location that's 'one hour from snow, one hour from the beach and one hour from Disneyland. As one of the members of the Claremont College Consortium, the college is able to have the benefits of an undergraduate focus without sacrificing the resources of a large research university. Combining strong academics, an idyllic setting and an intimate atmosphere, Pomona boasts some of the happiest students in the country.'"

"Students at Pomona say their classes are 'demanding,' but that they ultimately have a lot of freedom to design their own educations." "In general students say the workload is intense but 'open-ended,' with much more collaboration than competition. 'It's definitely challenging, but it's never too much.'" "You get a lot of collaboration here." "Students at Pomona frequently mentioned having casual meals with their professors[and] getting advanced research opportunities as underclassmen."

"'The smart, and personable people you will meet at Pomona and love for the rest of your life—that’s really the best thing about it,' declared a student." "As one senior said, 'There are so many instances where I've had a conversation with someone and they’ve surprised me in so many ways and made me realize how good people can be.'"

The Princeton Review: The Best 379 Colleges (2015)

"Pomona students are 'ridiculously happy' about their lot in life, and why shouldn't they be? They're living in a "perfect world full of intelligent, engaging, and open individuals, amazing academics, brilliant opportunities to get involved in, and enough sunshine to make anyone happy to be alive."

"Students have the advantage of 'getting to know professors outside the classroom, in any setting, from office hours, to Thanksgiving dinners at their homes.'"

"'The professors are, for the most part, fantastic–engaging, creative, and sharp.' 'There is an emphasis on collaborative learning,' and 'Many professors are really great discussion leaders and really motivate students to get involved in class.' Between department barbecues, parties, and weekend retreats, by the time you're an upperclassman, you will know most of the professors in your major department quite well.' In complement to the intimate atmosphere, Pomona 'offers the resources of a large university' through Claremont Consortium, which offers joint events and cross-registration with four adjoining colleges. Among other programs, 'Pomona pays for students to take otherwise unpaid internships.'"

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Fiske Guide to Colleges (2013)

"Classes are small at Pomona—71 percent have 19 or fewer students—and the faculty makes a point of being accessible. It’s not uncommon for professors to hold study sessions at their houses," the Guide says. "Pomona professors are bright, enthusiastic, and highly respected leaders in their respective fields," a student says. "An ever-popular take-a-professor-to-lunch program gives students free meals when they arrive with a faculty member in tow."

"Pomona offers a unique and desirable juxtaposition of rigorous academics and comfortable social atmosphere," says a student. Another student says, "Once you take advantage of the five-college system, you realize how cool it is.'" "I appreciate the diversity and depth that the five-college community brings to the social life," says [another] student. "You are guaranteed to meet new and interesting people whenever you step off campus."

"The strongest link in an extremely attractive chain, Pomona continues to symbolize the rising status of the Claremont Colleges—and the West in general—in the world of higher education." 

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