Department of Physical Education


Pomona College is committed to the provision of competitive opportunities through intercollegiate, club and intramural sports programs and to developmental opportunities through instructional and recreational activities. Students are encouraged to consider sports and physical activity participation at all levels as a significant and vital part of the college experience.

The College recognizes that participation in physical education, intercollegiate athletics and campus-sponsored recreational activities encourages the development of positive values and provides opportunities for social growth and development. Furthermore, such experiences provide students with specific knowledge in the areas of physical fitness, body awareness, skill acquisition and nutrition. Participation in these activities also sets the stage for adoption of a healthy lifestyle and optimal health in life after college.

Students are required to complete one semester's participation (cumulative credit) in one physical education activity during their first year at the College and are encouraged to enroll in one of the courses in lifetime sports, team sports and/or fitness classes. Permission to extend completion of this requirement may be requested of the department chair. Participation on an intercollegiate athletic team is counted as participation in one activity class.

Students may enroll in an elective program of physical education in either the activity class program or the program of intercollegiate athletics; each carries Physical Education credit. Students are also encouraged to participate in intramural, club and recreation offerings; these do not carry physical education credit. 

Activity Classes 

This basic instruction program is aimed primarily at providing instructional opportunities in lifetime sports and fitness activities. Classes are coeducational and include aerobics, archery, aqua fit, backpacking, badminton, basketball, bowling, core training, hip-hop, fencing, fitness, , golf, hiking/geocaching, horseback riding, jogging, karate, lifeguard certification, outdoor leadership, pickleball, pilates, playground games, PiYo, racquetball,, rock climbing, soccer, social dance, squash, swimming, table tennis, tai chi, tennis, triathlon training, TRX fitness training, ultimate frisbee, UJam, volleyball, weight training, wellness and yoga.

Physical Education Course Offerings:

Intercollegiate Athletics 

Intercollegiate athletics represent an important educational component of the wide range of learning experiences provided by the College.  Students may sign up for physical education credit for participation on the following intercollegiate teams. For women: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. For men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and water polo.

Intramural Program 

The Physical Education Department offers a comprehensive sports program where teams compete against their peers from Pomona, Pitzer, Claremont Graduate, and Keck Graduate Colleges.  Sports are offered for both individuals and teams.  Team Sports include: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, Inner Tube Water Polo, Outdoor Soccer, and Softball.  Individual Sports include: Chess, Foosball, Ping-Pong, Pool, Racquetball, Squash, and Tennis.

Club Sports 

Club Sports are organized and operated by students of the Claremont Colleges.  Clubs range from recreationally based to competing interscholastically on a national level.  Club Sports include: Cycling, Equestrian, Lacrosse (Men’s), Racquetball, Roller/Ice Hockey, Roller Derby (Women’s), Rugby (Men's/Women's), Soccer (Women’s), Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee (Men’s/Women’s), and Volleyball (Men’s/Women’s).   


Bountiful athletic facilities are open to all students regardless of participation in organized sports. Rains Center for Sport and Recreation houses two gymnasiums (badminton, basketball, pickleball, volleyball). Also within the center are racquetball, handball and squash courts. The Rains' weight training facility includes, Cable Motion, Hammer Strength, Life Fitness, and Smith machines, free weights, half racks, kettelbells and other equipment. The Rains cardio room offers Life Fitness ellipticals, treadmills, bikes and two types of rowers. You'll also find an exercise room for aerobics, ballroom dance, core training, dance, fencing, hip-hop, karate, pilates, PiYo, tai chi, UJam, yoga and zumba, plus locker rooms for students, faculty and staff. Outdoor sports facilities include: Haldeman and Pendleton Pools, baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee fields, 14 tennis courts at the Pauley and Rogers facilities and an all-weather track. Specific facility schedules are available on the Physical Education/Athletics website.

Faculty/Staff Fitness and Wellness

The Physical Education Department and Human Resources Office at Pomona College recognize that worksite culture and environment are powerful influences that can encourage and support employees in living healthy lifestyles. The mission of the Faculty/Staff Fitness and Wellness program is to increase awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviors and to provide convenient and attractive opportunities to practice these healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Toward this end, the FSFW program strives to provide a wide array of fitness and wellness opportunities in an effort to maximize employee participation.