Campus Tours and Information Sessions

aerial view of Stanley Quad

Visitors to campus may find these directions and parking suggestions helpful, as well as this interactive campus map. For those staying overnight in Claremont, local accommodations are plentiful. Visitors are invited to join a student-led campus tour and/or attend an information session given by an admissions officer. Each last about one hour. Those visiting on Saturdays in the fall (Sept. 21 through Dec. 7) are also welcome to (1) sign up for Sagehen Sessions, special focused panel discussions, hands-on experiences, or presentations on diverse topics or (2) share lunch with a current student in one of our dining halls (there is a charge for lunch).

Info Sessions, Tours, Sagehen sessions, lunch: Schedule and Registration

Sagehen Sessions

September 21 - Quirky Questions: Research at Pomona

Ever wonder about the linguistic analysis of the f-word? No? Well, Pomona students sometimes do. While our tours and information sessions discuss research in broad terms, this day will end with a panel of students who have embarked on all sorts of specific, intriguing research projects—including a linguistic study of the f-word. Join us to learn more about the curious minds of Pomona students!

September 28 - The Land Beneath Pomona College

The history of Pomona College features everything from a repurposed hotel (now Sumner Hall), to an epic flood, and a citrus packinghouse that now anchors Claremont’s charming downtown. Our history would be incomplete, however, without an acknowledgement of the Tongva people and other native peoples who were here before Pomona College and are still part of the community today. Join us for a deep dive into this history of Pomona, including how students explore it through different classes. The session will include a visit to the Native American collection at the Museum of Art.

October 5 - The Arts at Pomona 

Experience an art workshop similar to the campus-favorite Art After Hours weekly event.

October 5 - Athletics at Pomona 

Tour our athletic facilities, including an Olympic-sized pool, and learn more about being part of the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens as a varsity athlete or an enthusiastic club or intramural athlete.

October 12 - Being First-Generation and/or Low-Income at Pomona

FLI Scholars (First-generation and/or Low-Income) is one of the largest student organizations on campus and includes QuestBridge Scholars and students who identify as FLI. In addition to hosting social events and workshops, this organization offers students the opportunity to receive peer mentoring. This work is often done in collaboration with Daniel Caballero, Assistant Director of First-Generation & Undocumented Student Programs. Come hear about this organization from some very fly FLI Scholars on a panel moderated by Mr. Caballero.

October 19 - Local: Going to School Close to Home

While all 50 states are currently represented in our student body, about a quarter of our students come from California. Students who grew up in and/or attended high school in Southern California have a unique perspective on attending college closer to home. Come hear about how they have transitioned from one part of Southern California to another and just how often they visit home.

October 26 - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Pomona is committed to supporting students’ curious and creative minds in and out of the classroom. The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity, affectionately known as The Hive, is a 5-College resource that exposes students to and facilitates exploration, collaboration and experiential learning. (Optional: engage in a hands-on experience at The Hive.) Pomona Ventures is a student-run organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs at the Claremont Colleges. We’ll be exploring how these resources foster innovation and entrepreneurship among Pomona students.

November 2 – So Cool SoCal: Engagement In and With Southern California

Pomona’s location in Southern California gives students access to Los Angeles and everything it has to offer—the Claremont train depot is just a few blocks from campus. But how much time do students actually spend in the areas surrounding the College? Student panelists will answer this question as they share stories about the internships, fun, community engagement and even the camping they do in Southern California. Bring all your questions and your sunglasses as we explore sunny SoCal!

November 9 - Real Talk: Diversity & Inclusion at Pomona

After your tour and information session, we will be joined by a diverse panel of students who will get real with you about diversity and inclusion, life and community at Pomona. Come prepared with questions!

November 16 - After They Fly the Coop: Alumni Panel

After spending some wonderful years at Pomona, our students embark on all sorts of professional adventures. Come hear about Fulbright and other fellowships, medical school, job searches and life after graduation. While our alumni panelists are all now based in Southern California, they came to Pomona from various locations.

November 23 - Going to School Away from Home

We absolutely love our Southern California location and have been here for quite some time—since 1887 to be exact. For many of our incoming students, however, this is their first home away from their homes, families and the places where they have grown up. Come learn about this transition from students who came from afar to study at Pomona and how they are finding a home in Claremont, California.

December 7 - Sábado en español / Spanish Saturday    

Este sábado tendremos una sesión informativa y recorridos del campus completamente en español. Después de aprender más sobre Pomona College y ver nuestro hermoso colegio, tendremos la oportunidad de platicar con profesores y personal de varios departamentos y oficinas. Ellos compartirán información e historias sobre las oportunidades únicas que hay en Pomona. ¡Todos están invitados!

This Saturday’s information session and tour will be fully and only presented in Spanish and will be followed by a panel of Spanish-speaking faculty and staff members from various departments and offices. They will share their knowledge of the unique opportunities available at Pomona. All are welcome!

Special Group Tours

While the general public should register for our regularly scheduled campus tours, Pomona College offers hour-long private tours for high school groups, community college groups, educational partnership organizations, youth groups and third-party vendors with chaperoned students. We can only accommodate groups of 30 people or less, and students must be high-school-aged or older. Please visit our Private Group Tour page for more information.  

Accessibility

Visitors who may need accommodations while visiting campus (wheelchairs, interpreters, parking, etc.) are encouraged to contact us at least one week before a visit. We strive to make every visitor's experience as comfortable as possible.

Interviews

While we do not schedule on-campus interviews, we always welcome the chance to speak with you and your family informally on campus or respond to your emails with information or insider tidbits. Look up your admissions officer, so you can address him or her by something other than "hey you!"

Since Pomona does not track demonstrated interest in the admissions process, off-campus alumni interviews are purely optional and are aimed at connecting you with a graduate of Pomona who can give you more insight into the College and answer any questions you might have. An evaluation of the interview will become part of an applicant's file. Please be aware that our alumni network does not extend to every corner of the country or world, and we cannot always fulfill every interview request.

Interview requests will be available beginning in late August, while the deadline for requesting an alumni interview is:

Early Decision 1: October 13, 2019 
Early Decision 2 and Regular Decision: December 8, 2019 
Transfer: February 7, 2020 (interview must be completed by March 2, 2020)

Overnight Stays

Prospective students who are high school seniors or transfer applicants may stay overnight in a residence hall as the guest of a current student. Visits are generally available Monday through Thursday nights during October and November. In April overnight visits are reserved for admitted students. We provide visitors with meal passes for dining halls, cots and linens, and library and athletics facilities passes. Please be aware that, due to limited availability, we can only accommodate overnight visitors on a first-come, first-served basis for a one-night stay, and we are unable to accommodate requests for stays on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights. On those days, we can suggest some local hotels. To request an overnight stay, choose an available date on this calendar at least two weeks in advance of your requested date of stay. You will receive information about your student host shortly before your stay. Hosts may take visitors to their classes, or visitors can attend classes of interest from schedules available in the Office of Admissions.

For more information about overnight stays, please contact Michelle Munoz.