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Pomona College Has Happiest Students in National Survey of 357 Colleges

Pomona College students are the happiest in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. The ranking marks the second time in three years that Pomona’s students have been noticed as the nation’s happiest. In the 2004 edition, Pomona students were second.

In the Review's The Best 357 Colleges, 2005 edition, which surveyed more than 110,000 college students nationwide, Pomona College also ranked # 6 in “Students Happy With Financial Aid,” # 7 in “Schools Run Like Butter,” # 11 in “Dorms Like Palaces,” # 13 in “The Toughest to Get Into” and # 17 in “Best Quality of Life.”

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 …'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.'

‘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…’ Where else can you spend a winter afternoon studying by the pool after a morning of intense classes?’

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...’ One sophomore remarks, ‘I'm constantly surprised by the talent I'm surrounded by.’”

The Princeton Review's The Best 357 Colleges, 2005 edition was released on August 16, 2004. In addition to the printed volume, the rankings and student comments can be found online 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.