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Amherst vs Pomona

abcd41abcd41 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
edited February 2008 in Amherst College
Are these two colleges very similar academically? Different in student body?
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Replies to: Amherst vs Pomona

  • icy9ff8icy9ff8 - Posts: 1,605 Senior Member
    Interesting post. Both schools belong to consortiums that permit students to take courses at any of 5 colleges.
  • johnwesleyjohnwesley - Posts: 4,610 Senior Member
    Amherst has it's own campus; Pomona shares nearly the same space (library, athletic fields, etc.) with five thousand other students.
  • abcd41abcd41 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Are they similar in terms of academic rigor?
  • abcd41abcd41 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Are they similar in quality of academic programs?
  • johnwesleyjohnwesley - Posts: 4,610 Senior Member
    In a much touted study published by the LATiimes about ten years ago, only a fraction of 1% separated Amherst and Pomona on a scale developed to help Boalt Law School (UC-Berkeley) to determine the academic rigor of over two dozen undergraduate colleges:

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/423158-most-rigorous-schools-2.html?highlight=boalt+hall
  • abcd41abcd41 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I don't think this ranking is accurate. Reed should have higher score.
  • froghornfroghorn Registered User Posts: 561 Member
    As should Bard.
  • johnwesleyjohnwesley - Posts: 4,610 Senior Member
    it may not be the most accurate ranking in the world; the point is, there really isn't much evidence that either Pomona or Amherst is more rigorous than the other.
  • D.T.D.T. Registered User Posts: 261 Junior Member
    johnwesley:

    Pomona shares athletic facilities with only Pitzer College. Hence Pomona-Pitzer teams.

    The entire consortium has 4 main libraries (so 4 libraries among 5 schools). I assure you though, that Honnold Mudd is large enough to provide enough space for optimal study year round, despite the use of it by students from other schools.

    Our campus is small compared to Amherst (140 acre versus 1000 acre).

    I recall someone saying that if you wanted to go to a college with 6000 students, just go to Dartmouth. True. But if you want to go to a college with the intimate learning environment of 1600 students and have a social life that equals that with a college of about 6000 students, go to Pomona. Oh, and Pomona doesn't use the consortium as an excuse to reduce its academic offerings. We're good all round, and we use the consortium as a way to improve the limitations that any small LAC may face.

    I do wonder what you have against us. Hm. Oh well, it's your keyboard.

    OP:

    Moral of the story: Don't rely on my opinion, or johnwesley, because we are all bias, and all of us choose to report things we are comfotable believing in. CHeck for yourself, and discuss what those facts mean in cross comparison. It makes for a less opinionated and more useful discussion.
  • unregisteredunregistered Registered User Posts: 1,180 Senior Member
    I'm an Amherst student. I didn't apply to Pomona because I wanted to be on the East Coast, and I think that's the only fundamental difference between the two schools. They're two of my favorites.
  • johnwesleyjohnwesley - Posts: 4,610 Senior Member
    >The entire consortium has 4 main libraries (so 4 libraries among 5 schools).<

    Thank you, D.T., that was clear as "Mudd". :D. I think it's pretty clear we are talking about one consortium-wide library system, here. In fact, two of those libraries are referred to collectively as, "the science libraries", so presumably, Pomona students aren't the only ones doing the sharing:
    The Libraries of The Claremont Colleges
  • SarahsDadSarahsDad Registered User Posts: 380 Member
    These two schools are very similar, at least on paper.
    From their respective web sites (common data set) for 2007:

    Category: Amherst, Pomona

    SAT: 670-770CR, 690-770CR
    SAT: 660-760M, 690-760M
    SAT: 670-760W, 680-750W

    Overall Acceptance Rate:17.6%, 16.3%
    ED Acceptance Rate: 38.6%, 20.7%

    Applicants per enrolled student: 14.1, 15.75

    Fulbright Fellowships: 12 (2006), 24 (2007)
  • SeikenSeiken Registered User Posts: 1,091 Senior Member
    John, the next time you make that pun about my school I will be forced to euthanize you.
  • johnwesleyjohnwesley - Posts: 4,610 Senior Member
    LOL. Is that a promise? :D
  • atomicfusionatomicfusion Registered User Posts: 1,987 Senior Member
    They have pretty much the same student quality, selectivity, level of academics, etc. You really can't go wrong with either of them.
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