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Life on Campus

Outdoor Education Center

Students packing at the Outdoor Education Center for a trip with the outdoor club, On the Loose.

Innertube Waterpolo

Innertube waterpolo is one of the many intramural sports, along with Ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball.

By the Numbers
7 Dining halls available to students (Three at Pomona and one at each of the other colleges)
98 Percentage of students who choose to live on campus
227 and counting...Number of available clubs and organizations
2,832 Number of events scheduled last year at Smith Campus Center

Living and Learning at Pomona

Pomona takes pride in being a residential college where the line between living and learning is practically non-existent. The quality of what you will learn here outside the classroom, simply from living, working and playing as a member of such a closely knit, energetic and amazingly talented community, cannot be overstated.

Residential Life

On-campus housing is guaranteed to any student who requests it, and about 98 percent of Pomona students choose to live there. Pomona’s 14 residence halls range in size from about 60 to 300 students, with most housing 120-150. All are co-ed, and more than two-thirds of the rooms are singles. Each building has one or more resident advisers—students who live in the hall and serve as administrative liaisons.

First-year students are grouped into small sponsor groups, designed to help ease the transition from home to dorm life. The groups are co-ed and consist of 10 to 20 students who live in adjacent rooms in the residence halls, along with two sophomore sponsors who help them learn the ropes of campus life—from joining a club and buying books to finding out where to get the best pizza in Claremont or how to get into Los Angeles without driving (it can be done).

Our residence halls are more than just places to study and sleep. Halls frequently host their own activities through RAs or sponsor groups. In Walker Hall, home to 111 students, you can hear a speaker at a Woman's Union Lunch (second floor), file a story at the weekly newspaper, The Student Life (first floor, south side), or have your bike repaired by Green Bikes (basement).

Dining Halls

Taco Tuesdays, sushi and burger bars, vegan specialties and smoothies and are just a few of the student favorites offered at the three Pomona dining halls. The dining plan also allows students to eat at any of the other four undergraduate colleges and includes a late-evening study break known as “Snack,” where as many as 400 students gather at 10:30 at Frary dining hall to socialize and refuel on treats such as quesadillas, cereal and soft pretzels. The “board plus” option can be used at a number of other venues, including the Coop Fountain and the Sagehen Café on the Pomona campus.

Smith Campus Center

With its lounges, cafes, courtyards and offices, Smith Campus Center is the hub of much of the activity that takes place at Pomona. You can apply for an internship, listen to a debate, watch a movie (before it's out on DVD), attend an art show, soak up the sun, check your mail, have a midnight snack and buy a Pomona souvenir for your parents all within the confines of the newly redesigned campus center.

Clubs and Organizations

Pomona offers countless ways to get involved in campus life—to become a part of the many smaller communities that help shape a college experience—and the inclusive, supportive nature of the community makes it easy to join in. You may choose to be part of the Glee Club, to live in a language hall or to become an On the Loose outdoor club guide. There are also myriad opportunities to get involved in dance, theatre and music productions, newspapers and magazines, art shows and clubs that appeal to almost every interest.

Any list of organizations at Pomona is only a snapshot. New interest groups and organizations are founded and funded with great frequency. Some, like the Mortarboard Society and Kappa Delta fraternity, have been around for years; others are created in response to political or societal issues; still others vanish and are reborn as student interests shape the times. Pomona students also can get involved in any of the groups associated with the other Claremont Colleges, expanding the roster of choices to more than 225 clubs and organizations.


If the goal of a liberal arts education is to educate the whole person, then athletics and physical fitness are important parts of that larger picture. About 20 percent of our students play on varsity teams, with hundreds more participating in intramural and club sports.

Pomona combines forces with Pitzer College to field 21 varsity teams—half for men, half for women—that compete in NCAA Division III athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Our coaches are faculty members, our facilities among the best, and our weather ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Sagehen baseball players don’t have to wait for the snow to melt to start their seasons, and our tennis players can hit the courts all year round.

Varsity athletics is only one piece of the physical education program. P.E. classes, intramural and club sports and recreational opportunities round out a program that has something that will appeal to almost everyone—from students interested in swordplay and foosball to sprinters and midfielders.