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Move-In Day FAQs

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Arriving on Campus

When and where does move-in day start?
Registration opens at 8 a.m., August 24, outside Sumner Hall.

What do we need to do first?
Park in our South Campus Parking Structure (map link) and walk to the northwest exit on the second floor of the garage. Here, Campus Life staff members will provide you with more information and a color-coded unloading parking assignment. Then, walk to the check-in table in front of Sumner Hall, where you'll receive your room key, mailbox key, and all check-in materials, including information on residence hall policies, emergency information, campus resource information, and information from Housekeeping. You'll have your ID picture taken in the Office of Campus Life. You will receive a temporary ID card, and then your permanent ID card later in the day. Please note that the student must pick up their ID cards and keys, not a relative. 

Tell me more about this ID...
Your new Pomona ID card is good for four years, and will give you access to the residence halls, the mail room, the computer center and various other buildings on campus. It will be your meal card, library card, and if you add Claremont Cash, it can be used for laundry or purchases at the Coop StoreHuntley Bookstore, or participating businesses in the area that accept Claremont Cash.

Where do I go if I'm arriving by public transportation, taxi or shuttle?
Proceed directly to the check-in tables in front of Sumner Hall.

What should I bring in terms of paperwork?
You don’t need to bring anything to register. Just show up and give us your name.

Where is the full schedule for Orientation Week, as well as Move-In Day?
The schedule is available here.

Moving In

So when do I move in?
After you’ve checked in, you can return to your vehicle, park and unload in your designated area, and then park again at the South Campus Parking Garage. There is no long-term parking available outside of the residence halls because everyone needs a chance to move their items into their new room.

How do I find help?
Look for our Pomona College Welcome Team. They'll be wearing bright shirts with the phrase "Ask Me!" on the back. 

Where do I park to unload?
Your color-coded parking assignment will be given to you in the South Campus Parking Garage, and the location depends on where your residence hall is located. All drop-off zones are along College Avenue or Bonita Avenue. 

How much time do we have to unload?
You’ll have about 10 minutes to unload your belongings onto the sidewalk. Return your car to the South Campus Parking Garage. We’ll have staff along Bonita and College to watch your belongings while you park and then to help you move into the residence hall. 

May I ship my belongings to the College before Move-In Day?
Yes, the College will accept packages starting August 11. Packages received before then will be returned to the sender. 

How do I retrieve things I shipped to Pomona College?
You can retrieve your packages at Mudd-Blaisdell Residence Hall, which will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on move-in day. Note: The mailroom cannot accept any packages until August 11.

Is there someone to help set up my computer?
Information Technology Services will be available to help set up computers (PCs and Macs) and troubleshoot.

What will I need to bring for my room? Are there stores nearby?
See our Residence Halls and Rooms section below.

What should I do if arrive after 12 p.m. on move-in day?
We encourage all students to arrive on time but if you are late for unforeseen circumstances like airplane delays, park in the South Campus Parking Structure and then visit the Office of Campus life in Sumner Hall for assistance. 

The Office of Campus life closes at 5 p.m. on move-in day. If you have any after-hour questions, call 909-621-8256. 

After Moving In...

Where and when do we eat?
There will be a light continental breakfast from 8-10 a.m. outside of Sumner Hall, as well as bottled water so you can stay hydrated in the heat. Snacks and drinks are also available in the Coop Store in Smith Campus Center.

Lunch for students and their families will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Marston Quad, followed by President David Oxtoby’s welcome in Big Bridges auditorium, which is open to all.

Later that day, families are invited to a president’s reception in the Richardson Garden at Seaver House from 5 - 6 p.m. Students will have dinner with their sponsors and mentor groups in Marston Quad from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

When do I meet my sponsor group?
The sponsor group meetings, which are for students only, will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. You may also find your sponsors helping out as you move in. 

How do I get information on Orientation Adventure?
Orientation Adventure check-in is outside Oldenborg Hall from 8 until 11:30 a.m. 

What should my family do after helping me move in?
Your family should check in at the Parent Relations table. In the morning, they can accompany you as you move in, visit the community resource fair, buy items from the ReCoop sale, have lunch, and attend the President’s Welcome. After 2 p.m., you will separate to attend student-only and parent-only activities. Your parents and family can view the Parents Orientation schedule here

When should my family plan to return home after Orientation?
The last scheduled activity for students and their families and the first orientation event is “Enter Here…,” the ceremonial welcome to Pomona College, which takes place at the corner of 6th Street and College Avenue at 6:45 p.m. Students will have another event at 7 p.m., so make sure to say your goodbyes between 4 and 5 p.m. 

Are there religious services on Move-In Day?
Please consult our religious services schedule (link TBA in August). 

When do I take my placement exams?
Consult our placement exam schedule for information. 

When do I meet my advisor?
Your initial meeting with your advisor will be arranged by the two of you. Those meetings begin Saturday, August 30. On that day, there will also be a large lunch with students and advisors. 

More Info on Residence Halls and Your Room

Where can I buy things I need for my room?
On campus, you can buy gently used furniture, room décor, and other items at the ReCoop sale. The ReCoop gathers items left in residence halls at the end of the spring semester to sell to you in the fall in an effort to reuse items and minimize our contribution to landfills. 

Huntley Bookstore has technology and office supplies. And if you check in early, you may have time in the morning to go out with your family to pick up supplies, extra storage containers or anything else you might need; there is also some free time from 4 - 5 p.m. for last-minute shopping trips. Local stores within about three miles include the Montclair Plaza mall, Target (Montclair), Office Depot (La Verne), Staples (Upland), Vons groceries (Claremont), and Walgreens pharmacy (Upland or Pomona). 

What are some items I should bring to my new room?

  • Extra-long twin-sized sheets and blankets
  • One or two large pillows
  • Desk and floor fans for dorms with no air conditioners
  • Extra storage like plastic bins and drawers. It is probably best to buy these after looking at the room to see how much space/storage you may need.
  • Lamp 
  • Laundry bag
  • Hangers
  • Computer
  • Power strip
  • An extra long Ethernet cable

Coffee makers, microwaves and mini fridges are allowed, but students are encouraged to limit the number of electronic items they bring. 

A printer is not necessary. Each student is given a $10 print quota at the beginning of each semester that grants access to the many printers around campus. Every residence hall has at least one printer.

What items are not allowed?
Students may not install air conditioning units in windows. For fire safety, cooking appliances with heating elements (hot plates) or fueled by butane and open flame devices including incense and candles are not allowed. And firearms, weapons, decorative swords, fireworks and other dangerous items are not allowed. For more information and a longer list, view the Student Code.

Where can I learn more about residential life policies?
Visit Life on Campus & in the Residence Halls in our Catalog.