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Pomona College Students Among Happiest, Professors Among Most Accessible, According to The Princeton Review

According to a survey by The Princeton Review that asked 122,000 college students to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report their campus experiences, Pomona College professors are among the most accessible, ranking third nationally, and Pomona students are among the nation’s happiest, ranking ninth.

The Princeton Review’s guidebook The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition (Random House/Princeton Review, August 2011) reports the top 20 ranking colleges in 62 categories. Pomona College was named in seven of the rankings:

  • #2 School Run Like Butter
  • #3 Most Accessible Professors
  • #8 Least Religious Students
  • #9 Happiest Students
  • #10 Best Classroom Experience
  • #11 Great Financial Aid
  • #16 Dorms Like Palaces

The rankings are based on surveys of 122,000 students at the 376 schools in the book during the 2010-11 and/or previous two school years. About 88% of the schools in the book appear on one or more of its ranking lists.

The book's college profiles also feature unique ratings with all schools are scored from 60 to 99 in eight categories. Pomona highlights include the following:

  • Financial Aid: 99 – making the 10-school Honor Roll
  • Academic: 97
  • Quality of Life: 97
  • Green (based on “environmental commitments”): 94

In the 2012 guide, Pomona College students say that they're “living in a ‘perfect world full of intelligent, engaging, and open individuals, amazing academics, brilliant opportunities to get involved in, and enough sunshine to make anyone happy to be alive’…. On any given day, ‘You'll see people setting up telescopes outside the dorms at night to try to get a glimpse of the stars, you'll find people practicing ukulele on our quad, you'll see students filming for a project in the dining halls, [or] you'll see someone riding around campus on a bamboo bike. Many people are involved in intramural sports, and students love ‘hiking, skiing, and going to the beach year round.’”

According to Robert Franek, the book's author and Princeton Review senior vice president / publisher, "Each of our 376 best colleges offers outstanding academics. We don't rank them hierarchically, 1 to 376, because they differ widely -- and importantly -- in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Instead, we tally lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based entirely on what students at these schools tell us about their campus experiences. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them."

Pomona College, founded in 1887, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. In order to ensure that cost is not a barrier to students, Pomona College is committed to meeting the full financial aid need of every accepted, enrolled student with scholarships and a small amount of work-study funds. Loans are not included in financial aid packages. The College is located in Southern California and is the founding member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges.