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New students arrive for week of outdoor and academic adventures.

Pomona's class of 2009 arrived on campus Sunday for a week of recreational, cultural and academic adventures before classes begin on Aug. 30.

The centerpiece of the week is Orientation Adventure, where students choose from among four-day trips that involve backpacking, surfing, kayaking, participating in community service projects or visiting cultural landmarks such as the Getty Museum.

The class is just shy of 385 students, split nearly equally between men and women. They come from more than 40 different states and 15 nations, and 88 percent of these students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class. About a third of the students come from California, followed by New York and Washington state.

Returning students will be moving back onto campus this weekend.