Residence Hall Staff welcomes new students.

Residence Hall Staff (RHS) welcomes new students to Pomona College on the first day of Orientation Week.

Orientation begins for most students on Move-In Day, which for the Class of 2022 and new transfer students is Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Move-In Day is the start of Orientation Week, which includes moving in, meeting your Liberal Arts Advisor, selecting classes, attending Orientation Adventure, meeting your sponsor group, placement exams, New Student / Community Book discussion, and many more orientation activities. 

Family Orientation Schedule

Schedule 2018

ORIENTATION, DAY 1: SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Residence Halls Move-In, Orientation Adventure Check-In and New Student Registration
Between Sumner and Oldenborg Halls

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
In front of Oldenborg Hall

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Student Health Services open for students who have not yet received their required vaccines.
Tranquada Student Services Center

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bed Bath and Beyond Pop-up Store
South side of Big Bridges Auditorium

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Re-Coop/Clean Sweep Sale
At the end of each year, Clean Sweep promotes values of responsible living and reuse by saving unwanted items from the landfill. You can purchase gently used items for your room, including kitchen gear, furniture, rugs, lamps, power strips and more.
Kenyon House Parking Lot

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Community Resource Fair
Representatives from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges (TCC), service and support organizations and local businesses from the City of Claremont will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Marston Quad

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Photo Booth: Smile and say, "cheese" with family and new friends and grab a free memento from move-in day!
Marston Quad

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family Lounge
Drop-in for air-conditioning and refreshments throughout the day.
Smith Campus Center Fireplace Lounge

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Family and Student Welcome Luncheon
Tickets (free of charge) are required for food truck lunch and can be picked up at the Family Registration Table in front of Oldenborg Hall between 8am - 12noon.
Marston Quad

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
President’s Welcome to Pomona College
Bridges Auditorium

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Intentional Free Time

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor Group / Staff Mentor Meetings
Location TBA

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
New Student Photo Session 
Front Steps of Carnegie Hall

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner with Sponsor Groups 
Marston Quad

6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Farewell to Families and Guests
Marston Quad

7:15 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
Enter Through the Gates
College Avenue and Sixth Street

7:30 p.m.
Families and Guests Depart

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Journey Begins - Dean Audrey Bilger and Dean Avis Hinkson welcome new students, and you'll also be introduced to key faculty and staff, you'll get a sneak preview of the new student book discussion, and you’ll hear personal stories and advice from returning students. 
Bridges Auditorium

ORIENTATION, DAY 2: SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Language Exams:

  • Chinese oral: Mason 5
  • Japanese (lower) oral: Mason 19
  • Japanese (upper) oral: Mason 19
  • Korean: Mason 13

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Chemistry 51 Placement Exam
Note: please bring a calculator and #2 lead pencils.
Seaver North Auditorium

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Introduction to Academics: "It's Not About The Major"
Bridges Hall of Music

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Transfer Students Introduction to Academics: "It's More About The Major"
TBD

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
A Culture of Respect: Sexual Violence Prevention
Bridges Hall of Music

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Transfer Lunch and Academic Information Session
Smith Campus Center 217

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch with Sponsors
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Policy Overview: alcohol and other substances, points system overview, sub-free, TAAP.
Bridges Hall of Music

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Sponsor group check-in with Sponsors and Staff Mentors
TBD

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Students are encouraged to complete required immunizations prior to arriving on campus. For students who are unable to complete required immunizations, Student Health Services will offer a limited number of vaccination appointments during move-in/orientation weekend.  
Tranquada Student Services Center 

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free Time

3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Quantitative Skills Exam
Note: this exam is for students who plan to enroll in CHEM 1A or CHEM 51. If possible, please bring a fully charged laptop; students without a laptop will take the exam in the Seaver Computer Lab (Seaver North 113). You may also bring scratch paper for use during the exam.
Seaver North Auditorium

5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Transition to Orientation Adventure (OA) Groups
Greek Theatre

ORIENTATION, DAY 3: MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

ORIENTATION, DAY 4: TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2018

ORIENTATION, DAY 5: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018

ORIENTATION, DAY 6: THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018

Return from Orientation Adventure

ORIENTATION, DAY 7: FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Language Information Meetings:

French: Hahn 108
German: Mason 1
Latin & Greek: Mason 13
Russian: Mason 2
Spanish: Carnegie 107

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Sponsor group check-in with Staff Mentor
TBA

10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Student Panel: "How I Met My Major."
Bridges Hall of Music

10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Transfer Student Career Development Office Session 
Career Development Office

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Alumni Panel: "Looking Back On My Major" 
Bridges Hall of Music

12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch with Liberal Arts Advisors
Oldenborg and Frank Dining Halls

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Academic Departments and Programs Fair
Stover Walkway (north of Marston Quad)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Pre-Health Orientation
Rose Hills Theatre

3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Advising
Faculty offices

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
3-2 Engineering Program Information Meeting
Smith Campus Center 217 

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner 
Frank Dining Hall

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sponsor Group Meeting
Location: TBA

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The New Student Carnival 2017
Sallie Tiernan Field House and Alumnae Field, Scripps College

ORIENTATION, DAY 8: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Frary and Frank Dining Halls

9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Introduction to General Education Requirements (session for first-year students only)
Bridges Hall of Music

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Academic Resources: Sage Fellows, Writing Center, Quantitative Skills Center, Foreign Language Resource Center / Oldenborg
Bridges Hall of Music

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brunch
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Quest Cohort Meeting
Edmunds Ballroom

11:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Liberal Arts Advising
Faculty offices

11:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Flexible Time

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Sponsor group check-in with Staff Mentor
TBD

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Department / Program Open Houses

Anthropology
Hahn Hall

Art History
Lebus Court

Chemistry

Seaver North Chemistry Student Lounge

Classics
Pearsons 9

English
Library, 1st Floor, Crookshank

German and Russian

Mason 102 (German and Russian Library)

Mathematics and Statistics
Harry Mullikin Room, Second Floor of the Millikan Lab 

Music

Thatcher Music Building Lobby

Pomona College Organic Farm

Politics
Carnegie Hall Lobby and 109

Romance Languages and Literatures
Mason Hall 220, The Fireside Lounge

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
“The Date” and Small Group Discussions
Bridges Hall of Music

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
“Dress The 90’s”
Come dressed in your best iteration of "90's attire," or just come as you are for the 90’s cover band show. Word.
Pitzer College

ORIENTATION, DAY 9: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Frary and Frank Dining Halls

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Course Enrollment (by appointment)
Various locations

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Time

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brunch
Frary and Frank Dining Halls

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Course Enrollment (by appointment)
Various locations

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

Sagehen Student Athlete BBQ
Sontag Greek Theatre

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
New Student / Community Book Discussion: Responding to Exit West
A conversation with Pomona College Faculty
Bridges Hall of Music

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Evening Programs at Pomona College:

The Green Room: The Claremont college's performing arts collective, invites you to an interactive workshop for all actors, directors, writers, stage managers, lighting set & sound designers, and all others interested in theater at the 5Cs!
Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building 

CONTRAversial: Come make some new friends while learning an energetic, easy/accessible, and incredibly fun style of social folk dance! No prior experience is needed, and you don't need to come with a partner. There will be live music, professional lessons/calling, and snacks.
Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center 

Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee
South Campus Lacrosse Field (on top of Parking Garage)

Beach Volleyball
Walker Beach, North Campus

The Hive: Exit the Boredom! Join us as we dive into sensory awareness activities, friendly competitive games, event creation, and creative projects. Chill alone or come with your friends and make new friends as you activate yourselves in the Hive - a 5C center for collaborative creativity. You can expect snacks, drinks, good vibes, and maybe even some dancing.
"The Hive," Seeley G. Mudd Building

Screen On The Green: Movie TBD
Bring a blanket - snacks provided! 
Marston Quad

9:00 – 9:50 p.m. = Fitness Class – Yoga
10:00 – 10:50 p.m. = Fitness Class – Shaolin Kung Fu
MacLeod Room, Rains Center

Indoor Soccer
Memorial Gym, Rains Center

Weight Room: Open for Drop-In
Racquetball/Squash/Foosball/Basketball: Equipment Available for Check-Out
Rains Center

ORIENTATION, DAY 10: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Wellness at Pomona College
Bridges Hall of Music

10:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Communicating Across Difference
Bridges Hall of Music

10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch with Sponsor Groups
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Sponsor group check-in with Staff Mentor
TBD

1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Paint Walker Wall with Sponsor Groups
Walker Wall

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Student Picnic
Edmund's Ballroom

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Barn Party
Claremont McKenna College

ORIENTATION, DAY 11: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Convocation
Bridges Hall of Music

3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pomona College Jazz Ensemble Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 104 in Thatcher Music Building

ORIENTATION, DAY 12: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

5 p.m. 
Pomona College Theatre Open House
Seaver Courtyard

6 p.m.
Pomona College Dance Open House
Pendleton Dance Center

ORIENTATION, DAY 13: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Pomona College Jazz Ensemble Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 104 in Thatcher Music Building. 

ORIENTATION, DAY 14: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Pomona College Choir Auditions
Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 211 in Thatcher Music Building. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 11 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dance Auditions for the Pomona-Scripps Student Concert
Pendleton Dance Center

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  
Pomona College Theatre Fall Productions Auditions
Sign up for an audition slot in the Theatre Office.
More info is available on our theater homepage.

9:00 p.m.
Dis-Orientation (A 5-C Party)
Attractions include: a custom playlist, meticulously crafted to challenge your sensibilities and to delight your senses, Dancing, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Chips, and made-to-order float and Italian soda stand! NOTE: Dis-Orientation is a non-alcoholic party. Please enjoy all the cool, free stuff without alcohol. If you bring alcohol to the party or come to the party intoxicated, you will be asked to leave.
Harvey Mudd College

ORIENTATION, DAY 15: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  
Pomona College Theatre Fall Productions Auditions
Sign up for an audition slot in the Theatre Office.
More info is available on our theater homepage.

Pomona College Orchestra Auditions
​Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 104 in Thatcher Music Building. First rehearsal: Tuesday, 11 September, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music.

ORIENTATION, DAY 16: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

Pomona College Orchestra Auditions
​Reserve an audition time by signing up on the audition sheets posted outside Room 104 in Thatcher Music Building. First rehearsal: Tuesday, 11 September, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music.

Orientation: Other Curricular Music Ensembles (non-audition)

Monday, September 10 

4:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
First Rehearsal (no audition required)
Bryant Hall 

6:45 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
Pomona College Band
First Rehearsal (no audition required)
Bridges Hall of Music

6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
West African Music Ensemble
First Rehearsal (no audition required)
Lyman Hall