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Pomona College Ranked in Top 10 by Princeton Review for Financial Aid, Smooth Operations and Student Appreciation

The Best 377 Colleges book cover

Pomona College has been named one of the nation’s top 10 best-run and well-loved colleges in The Princeton Review’s The Best 377 Colleges, published this week. Pomona also made the honor roll for best financial aid in the guidebook that ranks the top 20 colleges in 62 categories.

Pomona was ranked on eight of the lists:

  • Best-Run College (No. 6)
  • Great Financial Aid (No. 6)
  • Their Students Love These Colleges (No. 6)
  • Least Religious Students (No. 9)
  • Happiest Students (No. 10)
  • Most Accessible Professors (No. 11)
  • Best College Dorms (No. 14)
  • Best Quality of Life (No. 16)

The Best 377 Colleges rankings of the top 20 colleges in 62 categories, which cover both positive and negative aspects of college life, are based on The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey of 122,000 students at the colleges in the book. Only about 15 percent of U.S. four-year colleges are profiled in the book.

The schools in "The Best 377 Colleges" also have rating scores in eight categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data collected from the schools during the 2011-12 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.  The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99, and Pomona ranked above 93 in all categories, including Admissions Selectivity (99), Financial Aid (99), Quality of Life (98), Academics (96), and Green (93).

Among the student quotes in the guide, Pomona is noted for “an academically rigorous education” in a “low-stress California atmosphere;” “fantastic…engaging, creative and sharp” professors; an administration that is “very good at responding to what students want;” and “ridiculously happy” students who live in a “perfect world full of intelligent, engaging, and open individuals, amazing academics, brilliant opportunities to get involved in, and enough sunshine to make anyone happy to be alive.”

Last month, Forbes named Pomona No. 9 in its list of America's top colleges, based on post-graduate success, student satisfaction (including professor performance), debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rates and competitive awards. In February, The Princeton Review ranked Pomona No. 6 in the nation for best value private colleges.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University. Ranking information can be found here.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty and a range of opportunities for student research. Pomona College’s financial aid packages meet full need with scholarships, not loans.

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