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 2023 and new transfer students is Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Move-In Day is the start of Orientation Week, which includes moving in, meeting your faculty advisor, selecting classes, attending Orientation Adventure, meeting your sponsor group, placement exams, community book discussion and many more orientation activities. 

Family Orientation Schedule

Schedule 2019

(Watch this space for ongoing updates.)

ORIENTATION, DAY 1: SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019

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

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

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bed Bath and Beyond Pop-up Store
Sumner Hall Parking Lot

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Re-Coop 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. Shop early as starting at 10 a.m. students from other 5C's will be invited to attend. 
Kenyon House Parking Lot

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Temporary Mailroom
Mudd Lounge 

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Information Technology Services Pop-up Desk
Get your technology set-up with the assistance of ITS services!
 

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Resource Fair
Representatives from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS), 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

11:30 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 Student Registration Table in front of Oldenborg Hall between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Marston Quad

1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Orientation Adventure: prep for departure tomorrow (mandatory for all students)
Sontag Greek Theater

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 p.m. 
Line up for "Enter Here"
College Avenue and Sixth Street

7:15 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
"Enter Here"
College Avenue and Sixth Street

7:20 p.m.
Families and Guests Depart

7:20 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.
The Journey Begins - President of the College, G. Gabrielle Starr, Dean of Students, Avis Hinkson, and Dean of the College, Bob Gaines, welcome new students. You'll also be introduced to key faculty and staff, get a sneak preview of the new student book discussion, and hear from your Student Body President Miguel Delgato. 
Bridges Auditorium

ORIENTATION, DAY 2: MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with your Sponsor Group (Breakfast will open at 7:30 a.m. for students who are taking a language or Chemistry exam)
Frank Dining Hall

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Language Exams:

  • Chinese oral: Mason 5
  • Japanese (lower) oral: Mason 19
  • Japanese (upper) oral: Mason 15
  • 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 a.m.
Introduction to the Liberal Arts: "It's Not About The Major"
Bridges Hall of Music

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Policy Overview: alcohol and other substances, sexual misconduct/Title IX
Bridges Hall of Music

12 p.m. 
Lunch and Orientation Adventure Departure
Various Locations

ORIENTATION, DAY 3: TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019

ORIENTATION, DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019

ORIENTATION, DAY 5: THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019

Return from Orientation Adventure

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

ORIENTATION, DAY 6: FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with your Sponsor Group (Breakfast will open at 7:30 a.m. for students who wish to attend a language information meeting)
Frank Dining Hall

8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Optional Language Information Meetings:
French: Hahn 101
German: Mason 22 
Latin & Greek: Hahn 108
Russian: Mason 2
Spanish: Carnegie 107

9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.
General Education Requirements
Bridges Hall of Music

9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Transfer Student Career Development Office Session 
Career Development Office

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Alumni Panel: "Looking Back On My Major"
Bridges Hall of Music

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch with Liberal Arts Advisors
Oldenborg and Frank Dining Halls

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

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

2 p.m. – 5 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 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner 
Frank Dining Hall

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
OR
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
New students will divided into two groups to attend, "A Culture of Respect: InterACT Performance and Discussion"
Seaver Theatre

9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
5C Social Event: The New Student Carnival
Sallie Tiernan Field House and Alumnae Field, Scripps College

ORIENTATION, DAY 7: SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with Sponsor Groups
Frank Dining Hall

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Break-out Workshops:
Financial Literacy / Financial Planning in College 
Edmunds Ballroom
Wellness at Pomona 
Lyman Hall
Communicating Across Difference 
Rose Hills Theatre

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Break-out Workshops:
Financial Literacy / Financial Planning in College
Edmunds Ballroom
Wellness at Pomona
Lyman Hall
Communicating Across Difference
Rose Hills Theatre
 

11:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch
Frary Dining Hall

11:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Transfer Student Luncheon with Registrar 
 

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Break-out Workshops:
Financial Literacy / Financial Planning in College
Edmunds Ballroom
Wellness at Pomona 
Lyman Hall
Communicating Across Difference
Rose Hills Theatre

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Liberal Arts Advising
Faculty offices

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
New Student Dinner Hosted by President Starr 
President's House

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
5C Social Event: Casino Night
Pitzer College

ORIENTATION, DAY 8: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Frary Dining Hall

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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free Time

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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 10 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Frary Dining Hall

11 a.m. –​ 1 p.m.
Brunch
Frank Dining Hall
 

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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

4 p.m. –​ 5 p.m.
Catholic Mass
 

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner 
Frank Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
New Student / Community Book Discussion: Responding to "If Beale Street Could Talk," by James Baldwin
A conversation with Pomona College Faculty
Bridges Hall of Music

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
5C Social Event: Pomona Presents...

The Green Room: The Claremont College's Performing Arts Collective invites you "Student Theatre Improv Night."
Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building

Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company: Pomona College is home to the third largest collegiate ballroom dance program in the country. Come learn some cha-cha while meeting new friends from across The Claremont Colleges. No prior experience is needed, and you don't need to come with a partner. There will be an introductory lesson, performances and snacks.
Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center

The Hive: Come check out all the fun things you can do in the space dedicated to help you unlock your “collaborative creativity.” Learn about the many opportunities we provide for all 5C students while making buttons, masks, cards, jokes or anything else you feel like with our supplies. Music and munchies provided.
The Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity, 7th Street and College Avenue

Gaymer Night
 

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

Beach Volleyball
Walker Beach, North Campus

Screen On The Green: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Bring a blanket - snacks provided! 
Marston Quad

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 9: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Frary Dining Hall
 

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Day Off

9:30 a.m.  – 12 p.m.
Paint Walker Wall with Sponsor Groups
Walker Wall

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Frary Dining Hall

11 a.m. –​ 1 p.m.
Brunch
Frank Dining Hall

11 a.m. –​ 1 p.m.
Muslim Student Association Welcome Lunch
McAlister Lounge

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hillel Welcome BBQ
McAlister Patio

2 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, 10 September (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Church/Ministry Fair and Boba
 

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner 
Frank and Frary Dining Halls (Frary open until 8pm)

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.  
(FLI) First-generation/Low-income Welcome Dinner
New and returning first-generation/low-income students are invited to connect over a meal. All are welcome! 
 

8 p.m. –  10 p.m.
The Barn Party, CMC

9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Free Target Shuttle
Get a free ride to Target for "College Night!" Special discounts, food and music provided! Bring your Pomona ID!
Pick-up location: Every 30 minutes on the corner of 6th Street and College Way (between Edmunds and Clark V residence hall)

ORIENTATION, DAY 10: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

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

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

2 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

4 p.m. - 9 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 11: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

9:30 a.m. - 1 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

2:15 p.m. – 5:15 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Pomona College Theatre Open House
Seaver Theatre Courtyard

6 p.m.
Pomona College Dance Open House
Light Dinner Served
Pendleton Dance Studios

ORIENTATION, DAY 12: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

3 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (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.

7 p.m.
Orientation Adventure Slideshow
Rose Hills Theatre

ORIENTATION, DAY 13: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

10:30 a.m. - 1:15 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 (Sheets will be available starting on Thursday, August 29). Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

12:30 p.m.
Jummah Prayer
 

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

No need to sign-up in advanced. Dancers should come in comfortable clothes. Dancers will be lead in a group warm-up, followed by working with choreographers. Students do not need to prepare any material in advanced. 
Upper Studio, Pendleton Dance Center

5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Hillet Shabbat: Schmooze 5:30 p.m., Service 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.
 

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 Theatre homepage.

9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
5C Social Event: Dis-Orientation
Join us at East Dorm’s Dis-Orientation for smoothies, root-beer floats, dancing and more sub-free fun!
Harvey Mudd College

ORIENTATION, DAY 14: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

1 p.m. - 5 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, September 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music.

ORIENTATION, DAY 15: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

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, September 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music.

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.  
Catholic Mass and Picnic

Orientation: Other Curricular Music Ensembles (non-audition)

Monday, September 9

4:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
First Rehearsal (no audition required)
Rembrandt 202

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)
204, Rembrandt Hall