Pomona College

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#T-38, overall score 64.42/100

Fun Fact:

Pomona has an annual “Ski-Beach Day,” where students ski at a local resort in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon.

Why should Jewish students attend Pomona? “The Claremont Colleges Hillel is a unique consortium of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges. Students get an individualized education of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a much larger university. Hillel at the Claremont Colleges is unique because it is located in the McAlister Center — the interfaith center for religious activities. Our Hillel Rabbi/director also serves as one of four College Chaplains, so there is ample opportunity to interact, collaborate, and learn from other religious groups.” — Rabbi Danny Shapiro, Jewish Chaplain/Hillel Director at the Claremont Colleges

“At the Claremont Colleges Chabad, students from all backgrounds and affiliations join to celebrate, ask questions and have fun together. Each student is valued wherever they are in their Jewish journey and is welcomed with the warmth of family.” — Rabbi Yossi Matusof, co-director, Chabad Student Center of Claremont


  • Location: Claremont, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,660
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 125
  • Jewish population share: 8%
  • Student origin: 26% in-state / 74% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Student Life
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Sagehens
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Braineaters / Greenshirts

COST & AID Score: 12.50/15

  • Score: 12.50/15
  • Tuition: $51,075
  • Room & board costs: $16,150
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $44,703
  • Average loan debt: $17,408
  • Starting median salary: $57,500
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 8%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
  • Median SAT range: 1330-1510
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

What Students Say:

“Pomona is honestly an incredible place with amazing food, beautiful weather, great people and lots of student resources.”

ISRAEL Score: 14.33/20

  • Score: 14.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 35
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Claremont Progressive Israel Alliance, J Street U, JVP
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never Introduced

SAFETY Score: 6/11

  • Score: 6/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 33.27/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 27.88/1,000 people (medium-low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.58/34

  • Score: 11.58/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at The Claremont Colleges
  • Chabad: Chabad Student Center of Claremont
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 3 (1 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Brian Schatz
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Students at the Claremont Colleges often come from the West Coast — in particular LA, San Diego, the Bay Area and Seattle — but there are Jewish students from all over the country, and also all over the world.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel usually has a kosher Shabbat dinner. Chabad always has kosher shabbat dinner and lunch. Keeping strict kosher is difficult, but Hillel has a kitchen students can use.

What Students Say:

“Jewish life is very welcoming and easy enough to join.”

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