Pomona College Ranked No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report
Pomona College is ranked fifth among all liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's 2005 guide to “America's Best Colleges.” Pomona College also ranked third in selectivity; fourth in “great schools, great prices”; fifth in graduation rate; and 16th in diversity of its student body.
In the most recent survey of the nation’s 217 liberal arts colleges, released on August 20, Pomona tied for the fifth place spot with Carleton College in Minnesota. Williams College (MA) was ranked first, followed by Amherst College (MA) and Swarthmore College (PA) tied at second, and Wellesley College (MA) at fourth.
In the previous 10 years of the U.S. News survey, the college has finished fifth eight times, along with one fourth-place and one seventh-place ranking.
Pomona College administrators were pleased to be again named among the nation’s leading small liberal arts colleges. “I’m delighted that the excellence of Pomona College has once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in their annual survey," said David Oxtoby, Pomona's president. “The continued high ranking of Pomona College among national liberal arts colleges reaffirms the excellence of the education that we offer, with small classes, close relationships between faculty and students, and a lively and attractive campus close to a vital urban center.”
Pomona College is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five independent undergraduate and two graduate institutions, that did particularly well in the U.S. News rankings. Among the other members of the consortium to be named, Claremont McKenna College tied for 13th; Harvey Mudd College tied for 16th; Scripps College tied for 26th; and Pitzer College tied at 59th.
Pomona College also made news recently as a result of a national college student poll conducted by Princeton Review. According to the 2005 edition of their book The Best 357 Colleges, Pomona students as a group are the happiest to be found at any of America's top colleges and universities. The Princeton survey was based on questionnaires from more than 110,000 students who rated their own schools and college experiences in a variety of categories ranging from academics to campus life. Pomona was also ranked 6th in the category “Students Happy with Financial Aid,” 7th in “schools that run like butter” and 11th for “dorms like palaces.”
“The two rankings released this week provide an interesting juxtaposition,” noted President Oxtoby. “Our students attend one of the most selective and challenging colleges in the country, with a rich and varied curriculum, but they are also among the happiest students in the country. This simply goes to show that at Pomona College education is fun!”