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Pomona College Ranked #6 in U.S. News & World Report

Pomona College is ranked sixth among all liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's 2006 guide to “America's Best Colleges.” Pomona also ranked second in selectivity; and fourth in the categories “great schools, great prices” and financial resources.

In the most recent survey of the nation’s 215 liberal arts colleges, released today, Pomona tied for the sixth place spot with Bowdoin College in Maine. Williams College (MA) was ranked first, followed by Amherst College (MA), Swarthmore College (PA), Wellesley College (MA) and Carleton (MN).

In the previous 10 years of the U.S. News survey, the college has finished fifth seven times, along with one fourth-place and one seventh-place ranking.

Pomona College administrators were pleased to be again named among the nation’s leading small liberal arts colleges. “I’m happy that Pomona’s high-quality education continues to be recognized,” said David Oxtoby, Pomona's president. “At the heart of the Pomona educational experience are small classes, close student-faculty relationships and opportunities for student research and collaboration. We’re fortunate to have the financial resources to make a Pomona education available to every accepted student by meeting full financial need.”

Pomona College is the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five independent undergraduate and two graduate institutions, that did particularly well in the U.S. News rankings. Among the other members of the consortium to be named, Claremont McKenna College tied for 10th; Harvey Mudd College was 18th; Scripps College tied for 27th; and Pitzer College tied at 53rd. The Claremont Colleges are located in Los Angeles County, California.