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Students Return to Campus FAQ

Fall 2021 Move In

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.

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, Aug. 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 does 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. 24 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 - Z 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 of 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 if 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 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.

How does room draw work? When will it happen?

Room draw is scheduled to take place June 21-24. This year room draw will be conducted online through the new residence software Symplicity. The College is working out the details to ensure the room draw accommodates students living in different time zones. These are some details for this year’s room selection process: 

  • All students will need to fill out an online application to indicate their intention to participate in room selection. Applications will be sent to all students who have registered for classes for the fall 2021 semester. 
  • With the new software, students will be randomly assigned by the system software a room selection time based on their graduation year giving priority to rising seniors, rising juniors and then rising sophomores.
  • Individuals will be able to create roommate groups to select doubles and three, four, five or six-person friendship suites within the software. (This will replace Friendship Suite applications.) 
  • We are finalizing all the details and will provide more information and instructions via email.

What if I am a returning student belonging to the Class of 2021?

Welcome back! For room draw, you will be added to the Class of 2022 and select a room the same day they do (see below for schedule.)  

If you are returning for only one semester and do not want to participate in room draw, you may either request to be placed in the Oasis KGI Commons Apartments or you may apply to live off-campus. The KGI Commons Apartments are located at 111 Bucknell Ave., Claremont, CA, right in the Claremont Village adjacent to the Packing House and is about a 10-minute walk from campus. 

I’m a member of the Class of 2024 and would like to be paired with a roommate at random. Is that possible?

Housing and Residence Life has heard these concerns from several members of the class and is working on a plan to allow for some roommate pairing. We are also creating some limited Class of 2024-only communities that will provide additional opportunities for community building. 

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.

What if I want to live off-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year?

All first-year and second-year students are required to live in a residence hall, as stated in the Pomona College Student Handbook.

Third and fourth-year students who wish to live off campus must submit a formal application to and secure authorization from Housing and Residence Life. This application must include verification from the Financial Aid Office. To receive authorization, please download, complete and submit this Off-Campus Housing Application by Friday, May 14 at 5 p.m. PDT to housing@pomona.edu. The College will approve a limited number of students to live off-campus. Decisions will be released by noon on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Students who continue studies at the College beyond eight semesters will be housed on campus or in College-sponsored housing as available housing permits.

What is Oasis KGI Commons? Who is eligible to live there?

Oasis KGI Commons is an apartment complex run by the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI). Pomona College is leasing apartments to house 90 students for fall of 2021.

The KGI Commons Apartments are located at 111 Bucknell Ave., Claremont, CA, right in the Claremont Village adjacent to the Packing House and is about a 10-minute walk from campus. The complex includes a pool, exercise room and other amenities. The College will provide internet service and housekeeping for all students who reside there.

Housing in Oasis is prioritized for members of the Class of 2021 who are studying at Pomona for the fall semester. Housing and residence life staff will contact those students directly to gauge their interest in the apartments.

The remainder of the rooms will be placed into room draw. However, since we are only guaranteeing space for fall 2021, we recommend the rooms for rising juniors who hope to study abroad in spring 2022. If study abroad program is cancelled, we will extend the lease for those students.

What if I am planning to study abroad in the fall of 2021?

We understand there is some uncertainty for fall abroad programs, therefore we are arranging for all third-years (Class of 2022) to participate in room draw. If you are given permission to study abroad, then you no longer have to participate in room draw.

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.

Summer 2021

Which students are eligible to work on-campus this summer?

While most summer research and work opportunities will be remote, we will have a limited population of students living and/or working on campus for jobs or hand-on research and creative opportunities that are directly sponsored by faculty or by staff supervisors.

On-campus research and creative production opportunities will be available with some members of the faculty and will utilize Pomona’s academic facilities. Opportunities for in-person academic opportunities depend on faculty availability.

Students who secure non-research, full-time jobs that must be performed on-campus also will be eligible to live in the Pomona residence halls. Examples include summer resident advisors and campus tour guides, among others. On-campus student work and research are expected to begin July 6. Faculty and staff supervisors will discuss housing options with the student and notify housing and residence life staff, who will then send a link to the housing application.  

All students working or living on campus this summer will be required to participate in twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.

When will on-campus jobs start?

Students may begin coming to campus to work with faculty on research projects as early as June 7. However, the residential program for students conducting research and working in select jobs will begin on July 6 with prior move-in dates consistent with current quarantine guidelines. Not all Pomona College jobs will qualify for on-campus housing.

Is on-campus living required to work on-campus?

Students do not have to live on campus to participate in these summer options. Those who wish to work or do research on-campus while living off-campus can begin work June 7.

How can I apply to live on-campus this summer?

Faculty and staff supervisors will discuss housing options with the student and notify Housing and Residence Life staff. Then, a link to the housing application will be sent to the student by Housing and Residence Life. A reminder that on-campus summer student opportunities will require in-person interaction and an available faculty or staff member to supervise the student.

When will summer move-in occur?

All students who wish to live on-campus will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus and all students will need to be vaccinated (with exemptions for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs), and additional information will be sent out in the days ahead.  Move-in will occur July 1 and 2.

Where will students live on-campus during summer?

Housing will be available in single-occupancy rooms in Oldenborg and Gibson Halls. Both halls are air conditioned and have shared bathrooms. On-campus students will move from their summer housing directly to their fall room assignment the first weekend in August.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will move to Wig Hall and will have meals delivered to their room during the quarantine period. 

What about dining options on-campus?

For students who chose to live on campus, a meal plan will be required. The meal plan will include 19 meals per week and will be grab-and-go to follow public health guidelines. Los Angeles County does not allow the use of communal kitchens.

How much will the summer package cost?

The combined room and board rate will be $1,500 for the six-week period.

Will students receive additional coronavirus relief funding?

Qualifying students soon will receive financial relief made possible by Congress authorizing Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) late last year.  

Pomona College plans to disburse these funds during the week of May 14 to students who meet criteria which include having a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020/21 academic year on file with the Financial Aid Office as well as having been enrolled at Pomona on Sept. 5, 2020 and/or Feb. 9, 2021. If students have not submitted a FAFSA for 2020/21 and wish to be considered for the funding allocation, please complete the FAFSA by April 14, 2021.

Full information can be found in our FAQ.

What COVID-19 testing and health protocols will be in place?

All students who wish to work on-campus will be required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus. Students, whether they live on or off campus will complete a daily health check through Pomona’s portal, and will be tested twice a week for COVID-19 during their stay or work on-campus.

Students will also sign a community agreement that outlines responsibility and accountability for following public health protocols such as masking and social distancing. Vaccinated students also will be required to follow testing and all Pomona Safe health protocols. 

Will the Library be open?

Starting April 15, the Library will begin to offer in-person appointments to current Claremont Colleges faculty who wish to browse the stacks. Appointments can be made through this Library site.

Library staff continues to provide an array of services to students and faculty during the pandemic. More details about those services are available on their website.

What other Pomona facilities will be available this summer to all students living within reach of campus?

The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College will be open by reservation for Pomona students, faculty and staff starting May 1. Some outdoor recreational facilities are available for Pomona students, faculty and staff and they can make reservations to use Haldeman Pool, the Pauley Tennis Complex, Rogers Tennis Courts and Strehle Track. For more details on guidelines and how to use the reservation app, visit the Sagehen Athletics website.  

What technology resources will be available to students?

Wireless internet access will be available throughout campus and printing will be available in residence halls. Residence hall lab computers, public computing labs, and ITS computing facilities will not be available.

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.

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