With more than 97 percent of its students living on campus, Pomona endeavors to be a welcoming and inclusive community. The information that follows in this section will assist you as you prepare to move into our residence halls, participate in the life of the College, and begin your Pomona experience. The Division of Student Affairs, the office of Housing and Residence Life, and the Residence Hall Staff welcome you to Pomona and hope that your first year as part of our community is a rewarding one.
Arrival on Campus
The arrival date for first-year students is Sunday, August 25, 2019. You will be expected to arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and noon. International students arrive Wednesday, August 21, 2019. More information about international student orientation is available here.
Our Residence Halls
The residence halls at Pomona are located in two main areas known as North Campus and South Campus. All first-year students are housed on South Campus. There are sophomores, juniors and a few seniors living on South Campus as well. Each residence hall has a distinct atmosphere with places to hang out, both indoors and out, and an active hall life. All South Campus residence halls are non-smoking, and you may not smoke in public areas designated smoke-free or in individual rooms.
After the first year, you may also draw rooms in one of our North Campus residence halls or Oldenborg language hall.
In late July, we will provide you with the names of your residence hall, your sponsor, and your resident advisers (RAs). If you are placed with a roommate, we will provide you with their name and address. You will be given your room number when you arrive in August.
Visit our Orientation site to learn what to do on Move-In Day, including obtaining your student ID, check-in materials, and room key.
One of your most significant experiences at Pomona will be living in residence as part of a sponsor group. The sponsor program is a residential program through which all new students are housed with approximately 15 other new students led by two current students called sponsors. More recently, sponsors have been sophomores. The 63 sponsors live in the halls with their group of new students throughout the year. The main objective of the program is to assist in the transition to college by creating a safe, welcoming and sustainable living environment for all new students as well as increasing interactions with current students.
The sponsor program is supervised by the residence hall coordinators on south campus. There are three head sponsors who help select the sponsors, play a key role placing the incoming class in their sponsor groups, and assist in training. The sponsor groups are created based on similar interests and lifestyles indicated by new student housing forms. All new students to Pomona College, whether first-year or transfer students, are placed in a sponsor group.
Residence Halls Staff
The office of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) has primary responsibility for the operation and living environment of the residence halls. In coordinating on-campus living, the Dean of Campus Life is assisted by a professional staff, resident advisors (RAs), head sponsors and sponsors. All members of HRL are advisors and a resource to many other students and groups.
Faculty and Staff in Residence
Two faculty-in-residence live in the residence halls and not only serve as mentors to whom students can turn for advice and support, but they also work closely with students to cultivate the ties between classroom and residence hall that distinguish the Pomona experience. The faculty in residence for 2018-2019 are the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel Professor of Neuroscienc, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of Neuroscience Karl Johnson (Harwood) and a second faculty member in Clark I to be announced this summer. In addition, nine student affairs professional staff reside on campus and provide 24/7 on-call support to resident advisor and sponsor staff.
There are several other voluntary peer mentoring programs at Pomona College that you can get involved with by requesting or being matched with a mentor or, later in your college career, becoming a mentor. These programs include the Office of Black Student Affairs Mentorship, the Asian American Mentor Program (AAMP), the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Sponsor Program, the International Student Mentor Program, the Queer, Questioning & Allied Mentor Program (QQAMP) and the Quest/FLI Mentor for students who are first-generation and/or low-income. Learn more about these programs on our Peer Mentoring page.
Meal Plans & Board Options
Pomona College students living on campus are required to be on a meal plan. All new students are enrolled in the 16-meal and choice of flex dollars plan; however, there are several board options available, and changes may be made at the Office of Housing & Residence Life until 10 days after classes start.
- 16 meals per week plus choice of flex dollars per semester
- 14 meals per week plus choice of flex dollars per semester
- 12 meals per week plus choice of flex dollars per semester
The dining halls serve 19 meals a week. On Saturday and Sunday there are only two meals: Brunch and Dinner. For more information on the meal plan, please go to our Dining website.
You may eat all your meals in the dining halls on any of the five campuses. Flex dollars can be used to purchase additional dining hall meals; treat friends or family when they visit campus; or to eat in any of the informal dining sites on the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges: the Coop Fountain and the Sagehen Cafe at Pomona, the Mudd Hole at Harvey Mudd, the Motley at Scripps, the Hub at CMC, the Shakedown at Pitzer, or the Grove House at Pitzer. These restaurants are open different hours than the dining halls, often until late at night, so you will be able to eat whenever you are hungry or whenever you want to socialize with friends on the five campuses.
You will have a Claremont Cash account established as soon as your ID card is created. Claremont Cash can be used to purchase both food and non-food items, such as laundry throughout The Claremont Colleges, as well as local merchants in and around Claremont. Funds may be deposited into your account by telephone, via the internet or with cash at The Coop Store. For more information about Claremont Cash, visit their website.
New students will receive their mailbox number in July. Your mail should be sent to:
170 E. Sixth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
If you plan to ship packages to yourself at the College, please be aware of the following information:
We cannot receive packages prior to August 8. We do not have the facilities to receive palletized packages. Please use services like UPS, FedEx or the USPS instead of trucking firms.
Personal Property Insurance
NSSI provides comprehensive personal property insurance program to help minimize the expense when accidents and thefts occur. Pomona College does not assume responsibility for, nor does it cover loss or damage to students’ personal property. Parents and students should inspect their insurance policies to determine whether the limits and conditions are sufficient to cover student property in Claremont.
The College Plus insurance plan protects students against theft, damage and other causes of loss to student personal property that may occur while away at college, or even studying abroad. The College Plus Student Renters Insurance covers computers and laptops, iPads, and tablets, iPhones and other smartphones, iPods and mp3 players, and other personal electronics. We also cover school books, clothes, bicycles, musical instruments, and sporting goods. Our 24/7 College Plus insurance protects you against theft, burglary, fire, vandalism, accident, and water damage, as well as natural disasters, like flood, earthquake and power surges.