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Pomona College Students Second Happiest in National Survey of 351 Colleges

Pomona College students are among the happiest in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. In the Review's survey of more than 100,000 students at 351 colleges nationwide, Pomona students were second only to those at DePaul University in satisfaction with their college.

In the Review's The Best 351 Colleges, 2004 Edition, Pomona also ranked #2 in "Schools run like butter" and #14 in "Dorms like palaces."

In summary comments on the Review website, Pomona students noted that: "you're sure to meet a healthy number of professors whom you 'can cultivate a close relationship with.' Remarks one student, 'I had dinner with the dean last night, I received a personal e-mail from two profs. in the last 24 hours, and my history prof. wrote more about my paper than I did.' Students at Pomona choose classes from 'a wide range of topics' offered by the college's 26 departments. Although 'academics are highly valued by students,' they're 'never a source of extreme stress.' One student sums up the experience at Pomona with this comment: 'It's kind of like going to summer camp with a lot of work.'"

"Pomona students boast they're 'some of the easiest people to get along with.' This is a West Coast school at its best, without any of 'the East Coast high-strung mentality.' While students are 'smart,' they're also 'laid back.'"

"'We work hard and play hard . . . more often than not it's on the same day.' Anyone would have difficulty in labeling Pomona, as 'the activities are as diverse as the people.' The college offers a slew of diversions for students, who go to 'movies, speakers, and concerts,' 'to the pool, the beach, and the mountains,' and take advantage of 'the fun, [and] free classes' like 'piano lessons' and 'ju-jitsu.' Most students enjoy being 'so close to L.A.,' which is about 35 miles west. Not surprisingly, Pomona's geography is one of the school's draws. A freshman loves 'being half an hour away from pro basketball, pro baseball, skiing, the beach, museums, nightclubs, and especially Disneyland!' And let's not forget the weather. 'Where else can you spend a winter afternoon studying by the pool after a morning of intense classes?'"

The Princeton Review's The Best 351 Colleges, 2004 Edition was released on August 19, 2003. In addition to the printed volume, the rankings and student comments can be found on-line at

Pomona College is one of the nation's premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.