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Pomona College Is Best in Nation for Classroom Experience and in Top Five for Great Financial Aid, According to Princeton Review

Princeton Review's The Best 371 Colleges, 2010 edition

Pomona College students are the nation’s happiest with their classroom experience and among the most satisfied with financial aid, according to the Princeton Review’s The Best 371 Colleges, 2010 edition, released today.

In their survey of more than 122,000 students, Pomona College ranked #1 for Best Classroom Experience, #5 for Great Financial Aid and #7 for School Runs Like Butter. Pomona was also ranked #14 for Dorms Like Palaces and #19 for Best Quality of Life. The new book also contains Princeton Review’s Best Value College list, originally released in January, which listed Pomona at #9 among private colleges.

The 2010 guide includes the following descriptions by students:

“Pomona has much to boast about, including powerhouse academics, state-of-the-art facilities, and a cushy endowment,” raves one student. A fellow student describes Pomona as “the best place on earth for a solid, well-rounded, and liberal-tilted education where students pitch each other into fountains on their birthdays.” While students are impressed with the “good faculty-to-student ratio,” “small class sizes,” and access to “a wealth of academic resources and extracurricular opportunities” as part of the Claremont University Consortium, Pomona students reserve their highest compliments for their professors who “are actually glad to be teaching, rather than merely putting up with the teaching so they can research.” “It is not uncommon to receive detailed comments on assignments and personal e-mails from professors.” One student unequivocally declares, “The professors are the soul of my academic experience.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president and publisher, "We don't rank schools academically because our goal is to help students find and get into the best school for them. Instead, we tally 62 ranking lists based how students at these schools rated their campus experiences, plus ratings based on institutional data we collect on issues important to applicants. It's all about the fit."

Pomona College, founded in 1887, 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. Pomona College’s financial aid packages meet full need with scholarships, not loans.