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| Pomona College's financial aid is amazing, which makes it hard to turn down. The school also allows students to play a large role in the administration. Certainly, there is red tape. However, compared to other schools, it does a great job of giving students what they want. |
|Jun 05 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| The Pomona math department is amazing--the professors are kind and approachable, and great teachers to boot. The work is challenging, but with an emphasis on problem solving, rather than drilling or memorization. Homework can be brutal in upper division classes. Other departments have few if any of these attributes (e.g. psychology, sociology), so try not to take my comments as representative of the school as a whole. |
|May 22 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Hard to believe first year is almost finished.|
Overall a positive experience so far. I've had 8 classes so far: 2 very good, 2 were duds (avoid Arase) and the others were simply limited by their subjects but solid. The required courseload is light--only 4 courses per semester, which at times makes me feel as though I'm not getting as much as I could out of my education. At the same time, my lazy side (which completely dominates my character) appreciates it. Nevertheless, I think I'll take 5 classes next semester. You can graduate taking only 4 every semester, but doing so would really be cheating yourself out of what you're paying for.
On that note, Pomona has generous financial aid (they offered the best package of all the schools which accepted me) so you might not even need to pay that much! If money's an issue, Pomona is a great school. Of course it's still a great school even if you're a millionaire.
The weather is amazing. I can't even count how many times this year I've thought about what it would be like if I had gone to Georgetown instead and shuddered. Smog can be gross but it's not always a problem.
Yes, Claremont is lame! But if you have a car (or a friend with one as I do) you can go to more exciting places if you feel the need.
Cliché, yes, but the social life really is what you make of it. Personally, I'm not much of a partier/drinker, but I've never had trouble finding something when in the mood. There are certainly enough sub-free kids to feel comfortable if that is your thing. You don't need to worry about being completely abondoned or left out on weekends because you don't drink. You also won't be on your own if you want to get drunk every night of the week!
The sponsor groups are a huge help at the beginning of the year and do make freshmen more comfortable in adjusting to college.
|Apr 10 2007|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2010 |