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Pomona College is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, United States. Pomona is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled 401 students in the fall of 2012. Pomona is ranked as the second best undergraduate school in the country by Forbes, and ranked fourth out of all liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.


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Pomona College was established as a coeducational institution on October 14, 1887. The group�s goal was to create a college in the same mold as small New England institutions. The College was originally formed in Pomona; classes first began in a rental house on September 12, 1888. The next year, the school moved to Claremont, at the site of an unfinished hotel. This building would eventually become Sumner Hall, current location of the Admissions and the Office of Campus Life. The name � Pomona College � remained after the relocation. The College�s first graduating class had ten members in 1894. Its founders� values led to the College�s belief in educational equity. Like other Congregationalist-founded colleges such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury and Bowdoin, Pomona received its own governing board, ensuring its independence. The board of trustees was originally composed of graduates of Williams, Dartmouth, Colby and Yale, among others, to help create "a college of the New England type." In the early 1920s, the College�s growth led its president, James A. Blaisdell, to call for �a group of institutions divided into small colleges�somewhat of an Oxford type�around a library and other utilities which they would use in common.� This would allow Pomona to retain its small, liberal arts-focused teaching while gaining the resources of a larger university. On October 14, 1925, Pomona College�s 38th anniversary, the Claremont Colleges were incorporated.[6] By 1997, the consortium reached its present membership of 5 undergraduate and 2 graduate institutions. Today, Pomona is one of the most selective and endowed colleges in the world, with an admitted student SAT and ACT range paralleling that of Ivy League institutions, and one of the largest endowments per student in the country.It has been recognized for the quality of its education, financial aid, distinguished professors, quality of life, career preparation, retention rate, sustainability efforts, and post-graduate success. With internship programs that sponsor nearly 200 Pomona students every year, and an annual summer research program that hosts 200 Pomona students, Pomona has one of the largest career preparation programs per capita. Pomona ranks 8th in the country for graduates receiving the most competitive graduate fellowships per capita. In 2013, Pomona students received the most Goldwater Scholarships of any liberal arts college, and more than most universities. Nearly 85% of recent alumni attend graduate or professional school within 10 years, with recent graduates represented at the nation's leading graduate programs. Pomona is also well known for offering a liberal arts experience with the resources of a larger university, thanks to its partnership with the Claremont Colleges.

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The Queer Resource Center is dedicated to providing education, advocacy, and support for the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQQIAA) community at the Claremont Colleges. The QRC does this through: Providing a Safe Space Providing a visible, comfortable, and accessible center for the LGBTQQIAA community of the Claremont College to congregate, study, and explore issues of identity. Responding quickly and effectively to hate crimes and biased-related incidents. Creating inclusive policies and an inclusive environment for the transgender community. Collaborating with all entities of the Claremont Colleges in order to create an inclusive, safe, and nurturing environment for the LGBTQQIAA community through policy development, programs, and intellectual endeavors Quality Programming Consistently offering high-quality, educational, social, and social justice orientated programming which reflects the diversity within the LGBTQQIAA community. Building and maintaining strong coalitions with on-campus student organizations, faculty, staff, and alumni at The Claremont Colleges. Encouraging Personal Growth Empowering individuals to be proactive, responsible, and respected LGBTQQIA student leaders. Supporting members of LGBTQQIAA community to grow holistically; creating a healthy and balanced community.



Pomona has 24,651 living alumni. Of those who are working, 23.5% are in education, 23.8% are in business and finance, 10.4% are in law and government, 9.9% are in health and medicine, 4.3% are in science and technology, 5.1% are in arts and media, and 23% are in other fields. Of the 232 faculty members, 190 are full-time faculty and 42 are part-time faculty. Of full-time faculty, 58 (30.5%) are members of minority groups, 84 (44.7%) are women, and 190 (98.9%) have a doctorate or other terminal degree in their respective field. Famous alumni of Pomona College include Walt Disney Company executive Roy E. Disney (1951); writer, actor, and musician Kris Kristofferson (1958); actor Richard Chamberlain (1956); Civil Rights activist and NAACP chairman Myrlie Evers (1968); U.S. Senator for Hawaii Brian Schatz (1994); former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller (1970); Gumby creator Art Clokey (1943); six-time Grammy Winning conductor Robert Shaw (1938); Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mary Schmich (1975); and several Academy Award-winning screenwriters, including Robert Towne (1956). Notable faculty of the past and present include the late novelist David Foster Wallace, former U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, novelist Jonathan Lethem, and jazz musician Bobby Bradford.



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