Attention: Pomona College is planning for a full return of students in fall. Learn More

10 Great Things Happening at Pomona This Summer

Student tour of campus.

Emptier residence halls and quieter classrooms might signal the end of the spring semester, but there’s still plenty of activity on campus to keep things exciting this summer. The College will host a number of visitors including local families, young students, mathematicians and many more over the course of the summer months. In no particular order, here’s a list of what’s happening at Pomona this summer:

  1. Something Shakespeare This Way Comes. Sontag Greek Theatre will once again bear witness to the great bard’s wit with theatre productions of Taming of the Shrew and Pericles: Prince of Tyre as part of Pomona College and Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival from July 11-21. On Saturdays prior to the performance, there will be a festival featuring local artists, musicians and vendors starting at 5:30 p.m.
  2. Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS): Pomona’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships brings 90 local underrepresented high school students to campus for an intensive four-week, residential program from June 16 to July 13. The PAYS summer program allows high school students to attend small classes of 15 taught by Pomona faculty, with Pomona students serving as teaching assistants. Students also embark on field trips and fun on-campus activities like karaoke nights, sports games, pool parties and more.
  3. Independence Day: As part of the City of Claremont’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Strehle Track will host a Kiwanis barbeque, a live concert featuring “The Ravelers” and a firework show. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased beginning June 1 at Alexander Hughes Community Center, City Hall, the Claremont Club, Vons and Wolfe’s Kitchen and Deli. The concert is sponsored by The Claremont Colleges.
  4. Summer Reading: All entering first-year and transfer students at Pomona College, along with faculty and staff, are reading James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, the Pomona community book for the summer. New students will have an opportunity to discuss the summer book with faculty during new student orientation in late August.
  5. Summer Research: The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is funding 157 student projects across disciplines. SURP projects include students assisting professors with ongoing research or independent projects. Research topics range from imperial Dehli and massive black holes to the French colonization of Algeria and Latina/o activism for sanctuary cities, among others. Students will present their findings at the 2019 Poster Conference in early fall.
  6. Tour de Pomona: Summer brings sunshine and crowds to Pomona’s beautiful campus. The Office of Admissions is ready to welcome hundreds of prospective applicants and their families to show them around campus and answer their questions. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. from Monday through Friday, except holidays, and require registration.
  7. QuestBridge Conference: On June 22, Pomona will host nearly 1,000 high school students and college admissions representatives as part of QuestBridge’s National College Admissions Conference, a full-day, invitation-only event that will offer in-depth admissions and financial aid support to high school students. Pomona is a partner of QuestBridge, a nonprofit organization that matches promising high school students from low-income backgrounds to four-year universities and colleges.
  8. From the EDGE to Pomona: Mathematicians will descend upon campus this June as part of the 2019 Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) summer session. The EDGE program is designed to strengthen the ability of women and minority students to complete graduate program in the mathematical sciences. Pomona Mathematics Professor Ami Radunskaya is the co-director of EDGE and has been involved with the organization since 1998.
  9. For the Mind, Body and Spirit. In addition to the QuestBridge and EDGE conferences, Pomona will host the National Cello Institute, the Southern California Violinmakers’ workshop, various basketball camps, the 2019 Statewide Folk Dance Festival and the Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen School of Body-Mind Centering Workshop.
  10. Orientation Week: Even though we just said good bye to our graduating class of seniors, we are preparing for our entering class of first-years and transfer students. Following international students' arrival and orientation starting Wednesday, Aug. 21, New Student Orientation begins for most new students on Sunday, Aug. 25, with a week-long schedule of activities, Orientation Adventure, workshops, exams and much more.