Welcome to Pomona College!

The faculty and staff of the Colleges are eagerly awaiting the end of summer when you will arrive on campus. There is much that awaits you here in the form of intellectual excitement, new friends, and a lifestyle of considerable independence and freedom. You will grow and change in your four years at Pomona; you will leave here enriched by many experiences. We expect that we will be enriched by you and your contributions here, as well!

The New Student Guide is about living, learning and thriving at Pomona. It is organized into three sections: 

1. Academic Life: This includes placement exams, Breadth of Study (general ed) requirements for graduation, and how to register for classes. Your faculty advisor will also assist you with this process.

2. Residence Halls and Campus Life: This section will explain our Sponsor Program, the first-year residence halls, meal plans, and shipping packages to yourself. Later in July, you will receive more information about your room assignment and sponsor group from the Office of Residential Life.

3. Pomona and Claremont Living: Here you will learn about employment opportunities on campus, transportation information, and useful tips about local banks, shopping and the Claremont Village.

For information on things you need to do before you arrive on campus, visit our To-Do List. For information moving in and orientation activities, please visit our Orientation section.

We understand that leaving home to come to college can be frightening as well as exciting. We want to reassure you that the things you worry about will work out well. Many students are concerned about making friends and fitting in, but this seems to happen naturally before the end of the first semester. Many meet their first friends here in their sponsor groups and Orientation Adventure trips.

Students also worry about their academic success here. You should bear in mind that you have been selected in a very competitive process. Classes here will be more demanding than those in high school and you will have to take more responsibility for completing the assignments, but you can and will do well. We offer Academic Support Services to help.

The whole College looks forward to your arrival.

If you have any questions or wish to receive a mailed print copy of this guide, please call the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8017 or email us at StudentAffairs@pomona.edu.

Warm Wishes,

Miriam Feldblum 
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs