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Students Return to Campus FAQ

Fall 2021 Housing

Who is eligible for fall 2021 housing?

All Pomona students who have registered for fall classes are eligible for College-owned and College-sponsored housing.

I’ve never seen the residence hall buildings in-person. What resources are available to help me decide?

Information about residence halls at Pomona can be found on the Pomona website at Residence Halls at Pomona 

In addition, room details for most rooms can be found at Room Details.

Deferred Housing

Students who are placed in deferred housing, either did not select a room during room draw or rooms were no longer available. Please note that rooms on campus will become available from students who will be studying abroad, have been offered a RA position for the upcoming year or those who decide to take a leave of absence from Pomona for the upcoming semester.

Rising juniors and seniors can still opt in to live in the apartments at Oasis. The College has secured a number of studio and 2BR/2BA apartments that will be able to house students in College-sponsored housing.

Questions about deferred housing can be send to housing@pomona.edu or by calling the Housing and Residence Life office at (909) 621-8256.  Our summer hours are 8 a.m. – noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

If I’m in deferred housing, when can I expect to find out my room assignment for the fall?

Following the placement of the incoming class, we will finalize assignments for deferred housing students on July 22. Notifications will be emailed to students shortly after that date.

Will I have a roommate if I am in deferred housing?

Deferred housing rooms will be a combination of singles, doubles or triples.  Please know that singles are not guaranteed.

Can I still complete the roommate matching application?

Yes, students in the Class of 2024 will be able to complete the online application.  The application will open again on Tuesday, July 6 and will need to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on July 11 PDT.  Students can login to their Symplicity portal using the Resident tab.  Select Applications from the top menu tabs to locate the Class of 2024 Student Housing Applicaton 2021-2022.  Roommate(s) preferences can be indicated on the application and all parties should include each other’s names on the application.

Fall 2021 Move-In

Can family members help students move into their residence hall?

No. Regardless of vaccination status, family members will not be allowed to go into residence halls during move-in. Student staff will be present to help all students move into their rooms.

Where do I submit vaccination information?

All students who have been vaccinated for COVID-19  (regardless of vaccine manufacturer) are eligible to move into their residential space.  Once you have completed your vaccination process of one or two shots depending on the brand,  please upload your vaccination information to this site.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, new students will need to have completed all other required vaccinations on their medical form to be allowed directly into their rooms.

What if I am not fully vaccinated before I come to campus?

If you come to campus and have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine,  there will be a  7-day quarantine  where you will remain in a designated quarantine space.  This will not be your assigned residential space for the fall semester. While in quarantine, students will receive COVID-19 testing based on county guidelines. Meals will be provided.

Student Health Services will  offer COVID-19 vaccines to students upon arrival. However, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated in advance of arrival, if possible, to avoid the inconvenience of quarantine. 

Also, in accordance with Los Angeles County guidelines, all Pomona students are required to have a flu vaccine/flu shot by Sept. 30, 2021. If you get your flu shot off-campus, please upload your documentation to this site.  If you opt to have your flu shot once you return to campus, SHS will provide flu shots in September.

Once room draw is complete on June 25 you must submit your COVID vaccination documents by Friday, July 15, 2021 to maintain your housing assignment. (Submit your records here.) If you will not be fully vaccinated by July 15, please email Avis Hinkson, vice president of student affairs, at avis.hinkson@pomona.edu.

If I am not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, when should I arrive to campus?

Students who are not fully vaccinated may arrive on campus, seven days prior to their scheduled move-in date: 

  • Class of 2024/2025, first year international students and fall 2020/2021 international transfer students
    • Move-in date: Saturday, August 21; Quarantine move-in date, August 14. 
  • Class of 2025/fall 2021 transfer students (domestic) 
    • Move-in date: Tuesday, August 24; Quarantine move-in date: Tuesday, August 17. 
  • Class of 2024/fall 2020 transfer students (domestic) 
    • Move-in date: Wednesday, August 25; Quarantine move-in date: Wednesday, August 18. 
  • Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 (international and domestic) 
    • Move-in dates: Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29; Quarantine move-in date: Saturday, August 21. 

Where will I stay during quarantine?

Some rooms are set aside in Oldenborg for quarantine housing based on the recommendations of Student Health Services. Students will always remain in their rooms, except for scheduled COVID-19 testing. Meals will be delivered to quarantine rooms.

Can I get the vaccine from Student Health Services after my quarantine?

Pomona College will assist students in getting a vaccination from either SHS or in the Claremont area.

When do new international students move to campus?

International students in the Classes of 2024 and 2025, as well as international transfer students who matriculated with those classes (fall 2020 and 2021), will return to campus on Saturday, Aug. 21, beginning at noon PDT if they have been vaccinated. Families are welcome but will not be allowed into the residence halls at this time. (RAs and sponsors will help students with move-in.)

International student orientation will begin on Sunday, August 22.

If you have not received a vaccine,  please see the information above.

When do the Class of 2025 and fall 2021 transfer students move to campus?

Incoming first-year students and new transfers will move in on  Tuesday, August 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT. Families are welcome but will not be allowed into the residence halls at this time. (RAs and sponsors will help students with move-in.) 

Students whose last names end in A - will move in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Students whose last names end in M - Z  will move in from noon to 3 p.m.

New student orientation will begin after 3 p.m.

When do the Class of 2024 and fall 2020 transfer students move to campus?

Rising sophomores and transfers who matriculated in fall 2020 will move in on  Wednesday, Aug. 25, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Families are welcome but only students will be allowed into the residence halls at this time. (RAs will help students with move-in.)

Students whose last names end in  M -  will move in from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Students whose last names end in  A - L  will move in from noon to 3 p.m.

New student orientation will begin after 3 p.m.

 When do members of the Classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 move to campus?

All other returning students will move in on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. PDT. Meal plans will be effective starting with lunch on Saturday, August 28.

Members of these classes will return based on residential assignments:

  • Residents of Smiley, Lawry, and Oldenborg, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Residents of Clark I, Norton-Clark, and Clark V, 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday and Sunday
  • Residents of Sontag and Dialynas, noon - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
  • Residents of Oasis/KGI, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Oasis, Saturday and Sunday
  • Housing and Residence Life will be open until 4 p.m. each day to help move in those who may have missed their move-in time.

When do fall athletes move to campus?

Pomona-Pitzer athletes will move in earlier in August 2021 and should be in contact with their coach about those move-in dates, including any need for the 7-day  quarantine if they have not been vaccinated for COVID-19.

What if I have purchased tickets to travel to California and things change?

If you are booking train or airline tickets, please purchase  refundable  tickets to mitigate against any changes to guidelines from public health authorities.

Where will I find my belongings I left in storage in March 2020?

Students who left items in storage in March 2020 will have their belongings left in their assigned residence hall rooms prior to their return.

Can I have a vehicle on campus?

Vehicles are welcome on campus on move-in day without a campus parking sticker.

Members of the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 may have a car  on campus in the fall and  will be required to register their car with Campus Safety.  Members of the Class of 2025  are not  allowed  to have cars on campus under our long-standing policy.

What if I have more questions?

Please contact housing@pomona.edu for questions about move-in. If you are participating in New Student Orientation you can email newstudentorientation@pomona.edu.

Fall 2021 Dining

Where will students be able to eat on-campus in the fall?

Due to public health guidelines, the Claremont Colleges have agreed to host only their own students at each campus dining facilities. Pomona College students can dine at Frank and Frary dining halls, which will be open 12 hours-a-day to better serve and accommodate students. There will be traditional and “grab and go” items available. Oldenborg will also be open for dining but details are forthcoming.

How will meal plans work for students living on-campus?

In order to de-densify the dining halls to help maintain social distancing students will have an unlimited meal plan for all students living on-campus. Students will no longer have a finite number of swipes and meals are not served during limited times. Students may eat any time the dining halls are open. For example, a student could eat breakfast at 8 a.m., have an early lunch at 11:30 a.m., meet a friend for coffee and a snack at 3 p.m., and head to dinner at 6 pm.

What dining options are available for students authorized to live off-campus?

One the most effective ways to re-build community at Pomona this fall will be by students sharing meals. All students living off-campus will be required to have a 10-meal plan (you can also request the unlimited meal plan, if the student chooses.) The 10 meals are spread out as 2-meals per day, Monday through Friday. There are no weekend meals. Students can use those two meals whenever they prefer on those weekdays. For example, students could swipe in for a meeting at 10 a.m. and lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Monday and on Tuesday do breakfast at 8 a.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Where can students enjoy their meals?

There will be limited seating in Frank and Frary dining halls. There will also be seating areas outside of the dining halls. In addition, students may eat outside anywhere on-campus.

What if I have dietary restrictions or food allergies?

Students with concerns about food selection in the dining halls should contact Dining Services Nutritionist, Liz Ryan ‘88, nutritionist@pomona.edu or the Office of Accessibility Services, disabilityservices@pomona.edu.

Student Affairs Resources

How can I contact my class dean?

Class Deans are available to assist students with academic questions as well as to provide guidance on navigating the College and identifying appropriate resources. Feel free to email them to schedule an appointment.

What are some mental health and wellness resources available to students during this remote, non-residential semester?

There are a number of resources available that address the mental health and wellness of our students. They include:

What resources are available for international students?

Please visit the international students FAQ, the international student services page or reach out to International Student Advisor Kathy Quispe.

What resources are available for DACA and undocumented students?

Pomona College offers a range of resources for DACA students as well as undocumented students to foster their academic success.