How can I learn more about Oldenborg?
We encourage you to join us at our info session on February 17th, 2023 at 12:15 p.m. in the Oldenborg Dining Hall, south side. Oldenborg staff and Res Life staff will walk you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.
You are also welcome to contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the deadline to apply to live at Oldenborg in AY 2023-2024?
Applications will be available from Monday, February 13th until Monday, March 6th, 5 p.m.
How can I submit an application?
Applications will be available in SM Apply starting Monday, February 13th.
Where can I find the application instructions?
Who can I reach out if I have questions about the application?
You may contact us anytime at email@example.com
Is Oldenborg only open to second-year students?
No! We highly encourage all Pomona rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply to live in Oldenborg.
How many rooms will be assigned to each language?
This will depend on how many applications we receive for each language. We strive to allocate rooms somewhat proportionally to the number of applications received.
Which rooms will be assigned to each language?
This will depend on how many applications we receive for each language. Please refer to this map to see how Language Halls have been assigned in the past. This is subject to change.
When will Oldenborg Room Draw take place?
Oldenborg Room Draw will take place on April 7th over Zoom.
What accessibility considerations should I be aware of if I choose to live in Oldenborg?
Oldenborg doesn’t have an elevator. We have a ramp to get into the dining hall.
If you need additional accommodations, please reach to us and Housing so we can discuss accommodations.
When do I need to decide if I’m going to accept the Oldenborg spot?
After review of applications is over, you will be notified if you are receiving an Oldenborg room draw number and will be invited to participate in Oldenborg Room Draw By participating in Oldenborg Room Draw, you are committing to living in Oldenborg and will not be getting a general room draw number. Oldenborg is binding.
Can I apply to live at Oldenborg next year if I am planning to study abroad next academic year?
Only students who are planning to enroll in the fall will be considered for the Oldenborg room draw. If any rooms become available for the spring, students who are abroad in the fall are welcome to contact us.
Can students who are on leave of absence from the college in Spring 2023 apply to live at Oldenborg for AY 23-24?
Yes! Students who are currently on leave may still apply to live at Oldenborg next year as long as they have already processed their request to re-enroll at the college for Fall 2023. Please email your class Dean to confirm your return from leave.
Languages Not Taught at Pomona
The heart of Oldenborg's residential language immersion program is the Language Resident Program; through it, Oldenborg offers both curricular and co-curricular support to the three Pomona language departments: the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures (Chinese and Japanese languages), the Department of German & Russian (German and Russian languages) and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures (French and Spanish languages). These languages remain our priority in terms of residential language halls & language hall programming. These language halls feature a live-in language resident and connection to a fully articulated academic program.
I speak Arabic/Italian/Korean/Portuguese, can I apply to Oldenborg?
Yes! Though these languages are not taught at Pomona, they are taught within the Claremont Colleges. We encourage you to apply with a suitemate or a group of friends who speak the same language. This will make it easier for us to create a language hall for that particular language if there are rooms available. Please keep in mind though that we prioritize Pomona languages and then 5C languages. Another good option for students who speak a 5C language is to apply to a friendship suite (OFSA).
Applicants from languages in which there is no Oldenborg Language Resident should be strong applicants by virtue of either: 1). possessing a higher level of proficiency OR 2). demonstrating strong ties with a 5C language program.
I speak a language that is not taught at Pomona or the 5Cs. Can I apply?
We encourage you to apply with a suitemate or a group of friends who speak the same language. This will make it easier for us to create a language hall for that particular language if there are rooms available, and ensure that you are able to engage in the spirit of our residential program which is to live around others who speak the same language and have an interest in practicing and developing community around that language and culture. If you’re applying to a language that doesn’t have an Oldenborg Language Resident, mention in your essay how you expect/intend to engage in the language.
How can I get a faculty recommendation for a language that is not taught at Pomona?
If you are applying for Arabic/Italian/Korean/Portuguese, please reach out to the appropriate language department or faculty. If you are applying for a different language, please reach out to a 5C faculty member who speaks that language. The faculty recommendation form should be submitted directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Language Related Questions
I’m proficient in a language taught at the 5Cs but I’ve never taken a language class in the 5Cs. Am I eligible to apply and how can I determine proficiency?
Yes, you are eligible to apply. To determine proficiency, you should submit the list of coursework completed at other institutions. If those courses were completed in high school, please also include all AP courses and any other relevant classes.
You should also meet with a Pomona language faculty or a Language Resident in the target language so they can complete a faculty recommendation form that determines your proficiency level. Attending language tables is a great way of meeting a Language Resident. If you don’t know any language faculty, reach out to the section coordinator of the language you are applying for and set up a short meeting. In the case of Arabic/Italian/Korean/Portuguese, please reach out to the faculty at the appropriate college (Scripps and CMC)
Spanish – Grace Davila
French – Jack Abecassis
Japanese – Kyoko Kurita
Chinese – Feng Xiao
Russian – Larissa Rudova
German – Hans Rindisbacher
I’m a native speaker of a language taught at Pomona or the 5Cs. Can I apply to Oldenborg?
We are happy that you are interested in living in Oldenborg and we absolutely welcome native speakers. However, being a native speaker is not in itself a reason to live at Oldenborg. How will you benefit from living at Oldenborg? What do you expect to get out this experience? When we evaluate applications, we consider language table attendance, list of related coursework, personal essay, and the faculty recommendation.