We are also very excited to launch your interactive Orientation page! It can be found on a site called Sakai, which most 5Cs faculty use for class work and assignments. You can use Sakai Student Quickstart to learn how to log in to Sakai, and then explore the Orientation 2020 Sakai page. There you will find the schedule, links to Zoom sessions and plenty of other resources to help you navigate your first semester at Pomona. If you have problems logging in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your Pomona email.
Schedule for 2020 New Student Registration and Orientation
All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time.
Monday, August 3 – Welcome to Pomona and General Education Information
8 – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome to Pomona! Today you will learn about the general education requirements. At 11:30 a.m., there will be an optional Pre-Health Information Session.
Friday, August 7 – Academic Department Fair
1 - 3 p.m.: Meet faculty from different departments, learn about possible majors and more.
Friday - Sunday, August 7 - 9 – Academic Advising
Times vary. Meet one-on-one with your Liberal Arts Advisor to plan for course registration.
Tuesday - Wednesday, August 11 - 12 – Registration for Classes
Times vary. Register for your first semester of classes.
New Student Orientation
Join us throughout the entire week for critical New Student Orientation content designed to help you navigate student life at Pomona.
Each live session will be offered two times (same content) to accommodate time zones. Choose one time for each meeting on the schedule to attend. (All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time.) All Zoom links are available on the Orientation Sakai page. New students will be automatically given access. If you find you cannot attend a session live, most sessions will be recorded and posted to Sakai after the event.
Monday, August 17 – Connecting and Building Community
8 a.m. or 2 p.m. – Welcome to New Student Orientation
Hear from President Starr, Pomona deans, and your student body president. We will also go over the ins and outs of the orientation week schedule and logistics.
9 a.m. or 3 p.m. – Wellness and Thriving in (Virtual) College
Meet the first-year dean, Paola Ruiz-Beas and learn about wellness resources at Pomona.
10 a.m. or 4 p.m. – Regional Zoom Rooms
Meet other new Sagehens that live in your city, region, or time zone!
Tuesday, August 18 – Student Life at Pomona
8 a.m. or 2 p.m. – Where are you from? Where are you going?
We will explore how our experiences have shaped who we are and how we engage in community at Pomona. New students will be invited to reflect on their educational journey so far and look forward to what new opportunities Pomona might offer. We will have breakout groups and engagement specifically around areas of racial diversity.
9 a.m. or 3 p.m. – Choose a Workshop Based on Your Interest:
1. Get Connected! – Virtual Resources through ITS
2. Financial Aid & Working Your Finances in College
3. On the GO with the CDO: Jobs, Internships, and More!
10 a.m. or 4 p.m. – Interest-Based Zoom Rooms
Make connections and start friendships with other new students based on common interests or hobbies.
6 p.m. ONLY – Sponsor Group Meetings
Meet your Sponsors and other new Sagehens in your Sponsor group. (Sponsors will be touch with new students directly.)
Wednesday, August 19 – Academic Resources
7 a.m. or 5 p.m. – New Student Book Faculty Discussion Groups
Sign up for a time slot and join other new Sagehens in a discussion of the new student book with Pomona faculty members.
8 a.m. or 2 p.m. – Library Orientation
Learn how to access resources while remote at the Claremont Colleges Library.
9 a.m. or 3 p.m. – Academic Resources
Be introduced to a wide range of resources to help you navigate academic life at Pomona.
10 a.m. or 4 p.m. - Choose a Workshop Based on Your Interest:
1. Disability Resources & Accommodations
2. Identity-Based Mentor Programs
3. Mindset: Successful Approaches for Academic Growth
Thursday, August 20 – Community Expectations
8 a.m. or 2 p.m. – Culture of Respect, pt 1
Crucial information about Pomona policies, practices and resources around issues of sexual/partner violence and prevention
9 a.m. or 3 p.m. – Culture of Respect, pt 2
Learn about the student-run judicial board and community standards and expectations.
10 a.m. or 4 p.m. – Choose a Student Panel:
1. The Student-Athlete Experience
2. First Gen at Pomona
3. Success in Virtual College
4. The Transfer Experience
Friday, August 21 – Engaging Together
8 a.m. or 2 p.m. – ASPC Meet & Greet
Meet your student representatives and learn about student government at Pomona.
9 a.m. ONLY – New Student Book Program
Join us for this engaging and interactive event on Parable of the Sower with Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. (This session will only be offered at 9 a.m.)
3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Community Building Social Activities
Join the student Orientation Team for games and activities with other Sagehens.
Saturday, August 22 – Optional Engagement
10 a.m. ONLY – Sponsor Group Meetings
Meet your Sponsors and other new Sagehens in your Sponsor group.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Resource Center Open Houses:
Drop in and get connected with any of these amazing offices: Office of Black Student Affairs, Queer Resource Center, Asian American Resource Center, Chican@/Latin@ Student Affairs, Chaplains Office, Outdoor Education Center.
Time TBD - Trivia Night with All Students
Meet other Pomona students and learn some fun Pomona trivia.