How to justify top liberal arts schools to people who haven't heard of them?
I'm a senior and recently verbally committed to Pomona College for athletics. While I am thrilled about my decision, I have been getting a lot of weird reactions when I tell people where I'm going. Because of my stats (35 ACT, 4.8 GPA) and extracurriculars (student body VP, a bunch of awards both academically and athletically, patented invention, national essay winner, president of many clubs, etc) many people are really confused when I tell them I'm going to Pomona -- a lot of "Oh, I thought you would go to an Ivy." Besides an except few, those don't confuse it for Cal Poly Pomona just give me blank stares. While this doesn't affect my feelings toward my decision (I put a LOT of time into it and decided I wanted a liberal arts education and to continue playing sports in college), I'm not sure how to explain what Pomona is to people without dropping acceptance rate stats or college rankings.28 replies