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 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 2019

(The 2019 schedule is tentative; 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. – 12 p.m.
Student Health Services open for students who have not yet completed 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 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.
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

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

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Orientation Adventure: prep for departure tomorrow (mandatory for all students)
Sontag Greek Theater

3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Student Health Services open for students who have not yet completed their required vaccines.
Tranquada Student Services Center

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 Orientation Adventure 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 Here"
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. 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: MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with your Orientation Staff Mentor
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 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

8 a.m. - 12 noon
Student Health Services open for students who have not yet completed their required vaccines.
Tranquada Student Services Center 

9 a.m. – 10:15 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, points system, sub-free opening, Teaching Alcohol Abuse Prevention (TAAP)
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

8 p.m.
Evening Session TBA
Location

ORIENTATION, DAY 6: FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with Orientation Staff Mentors
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
General Education Requirements
Bridges Hall of Music

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Student and Alumni Panel: "How I Met My Major" / "Looking Back On My Major"
Bridges Hall of Music

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Transfer Student Career Development Office Session 
Career Development Office

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. – 6:15 p.m.
Dinner 
Frank Dining Hall

6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
A Culture of Respect: InterACT Performance and Discussion
Little Bridges

9 p.m. 
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 Orientation Staff Mentors
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Small Group Conversations: 
Wellness at Pomona
Location
Communicating Across Difference
Location

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Small Group Conversations: 
Wellness at Pomona
Location
Communicating Across Difference
Location
Financial Literacy / Financial Planning in College
Location

11:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch
Oldenborg and Frank Dining Halls

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Small Group Conversations: 
Wellness at Pomona
Location
Communicating Across Difference
Location
Financial Literacy / Financial Planning in College
Location

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

6 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New Student Dinner Hosted by President Starr 
Edmund's Ballroom

9 p.m. 
Evening Social Event, Pitzer College

ORIENTATION, DAY 8: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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 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, September 11 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner with Orientation Staff Mentors
Frank and Frary Dining Halls

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

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Evening Social 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 theatre at the 5Cs!
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: Exit the Boredom! Get creative with button making, mask decorating, and tours of the Hive’s many resources. Chill alone, come with your friends, or meet new friends as you activate yourselves in the 5C center for collaborative creativity. Snacks provided!
The Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity, 7th Street and College Avenue

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: Black Panther
Bring a blanket - snacks provided! 
Marston Quad

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Fitness Class – Yoga
10:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Fitness Class – Hip-Hop Dance
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 9: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2019

8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day Off

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

9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Free Target Shuttle
Get a free ride to Target for "College Night!" Special discounts, food and music provided!
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

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, September 11 (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

9 p.m.
Evening Social Event at CMC

ORIENTATION, DAY 11: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

11 a.m. - 12:45 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, September 11 (6:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall).

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. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 11 (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. – 11:15 a.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, September 11 (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. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 11 (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 13: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

10 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. Singers should audition before the first full rehearsal on Tuesday, September 11 (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 Theatre homepage.

9 p.m.
Dis-Orientation (A 5-C Party)
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. - 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, 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 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music.

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)
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