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Pomona College Selected as One of The Nation's 328 Most Interesting Colleges

Pomona College has been included in Kaplan Publishing's The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, 2004 Edition. In addition to being profiled, Pomona made the top 20 list of colleges where "drug-free and alcohol-free activities and facilities are very popular among students."

According to authors Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili, their choices were influenced "by the inside information [they] collect from guidance counselors and students, by institutional data such as enrollment figures and selectivity, and by current events at each college." After selecting the schools, they surveyed current students, recent graduates, and college officials to find out about each college "from the inside." They also conducted a scientific survey of high school guidance counselors around the country.

The Guide notes the following about Pomona:

  • "Offering a liberal arts education equal to the top Northeast liberal arts schools, Pomona is located in Southern California -- and that means palm trees and sunshine. "
  • "Pomona students get the best of both worlds: a small campus community with all the resources of a large research university."
  • "With a student/faculty ratio of just 9:1, it's not unusual to see students having dinner with their professors. 'The professors are the best thing about Pomona,' raves one senior. 'They're very easy to speak with. There's lots of individualized instruction.'"
  • "Students report that the workload is 'hard but doable.' While the courses are demanding, these students…seem to enjoy the challenge. "
  • "You'll usually find students hanging around on the lawns in the courtyards, barbecuing, or playing frisbee. The retention rate proves just how satisfied students are here: Well over 90 percent of freshmen return for their sophomore year."
  • "Pomona's 140-acre campus features ivy-covered courtyards and gardens, and the Spanish style architecture contributes to the school's Western look and feel… During the week, the social life tends to stay on campus, while big nights out in Los Angeles are saved for the weekend."
  • "With superior academics, sunny weather, and a motivated, friendly student body, there's plenty at Pomona to call students westward."
  • "Among the statistics offered, the Guide notes that 52% of Pomona students receive financial aid with the average amount per student at $24,210."
  • In their "final note," the authors suggest "If you're a Star Trek fan, this might be the perfect school for you. According to the Pomona website, the Borg vessels on Star Trek: The Next Generation have an uncanny resemblance to a certain labyrinthian dorm on campus. That's because one of the Next Gen producers attended Pomona, where he lived in Oldenborg dorm, which is laid out in a complex maze."

The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, 2004 Edition also includes profiles of Pomona's undergraduate partners in the Claremont Colleges consortium, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps colleges. Other prominent college guides usually published in August include those from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review.