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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

Also known as "Cal Poly Pomona"

3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (CPP), or "Cal Poly Pomona," is a public university situated barely 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two "Polytechnic" universities in the California State University System. It is one of just seven in the U.S., and has been widely recognized for its project-based and learn-by-doing coursework.

The term "polytechnic" refers to the honing of skills in many arts through a hands-on training approach. In this spirit, the faculty members at Cal Poly Pomona are top professionals in their fields, in addition to being teachers, and can instruct their students through practical application. Students are guided through research, internships, competitions and community development projects. The school's philosophy is "Learn by Doing," and graduates of Cal Poly Pomona have practiced their skills while earning their degrees.

Cal Poly Pomona offers more than 100 fields of study that are comprised of 62 undergraduate majors, 27 graduate programs and 63 professional or vocational credential programs.

There are many points of interest at Cal Poly Pomona, many of which are unique to this campus, including an Arabian Horse Center that runs a breeding program, the Bio Trek learning center that supports a tropical rainforest and native American garden, a 16-acre demonstration community that showcases self-sustaining technologies, historical buildings from the original ranch and home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.


The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located on what was once the winter ranch home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Mr. Kellogg raised Arabian horses on his ranch, the descendants of which are still featured in horse shows on the CPP campus. The first incarnation of Cal Poly Pomona was founded in 1938, with an enrollment of 110 students. The original student body was comprised of all male students, who enrolled at the original San Dimas location to study agriculture. Over the next seven decades, the school moved locations to the Kellogg ranch in Pomona, expanded its curriculum from agriculture to encompass more than 100 fields of study, and opened its doors to female students.


The Cal Poly Pomona academic calendar offers four quarters per year, running 11 weeks each.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Integrative Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of the Extended University
  • The Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Science 

Student Life

More than 280 campus clubs and organizations are available to Cal Poly students, including groups that focus on student government, service learning, leadership development and intramural sports. Those who are looking for activities beyond the classroom can get involved in campus activities such as helping to build the annual float for the Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, or take part in a theatre or music production. Cultural month celebrations offer more opportunities for involvement, and the Bronco Fitness Center is another great place to meet other students. Greek Life is active at Cal Poly, with several local chapters of fraternities and sororities.

On-campus living is available, and residents of the campus housing have access to a range of amenities including Fitness Express, satellite TV, wi-fi Internet, a swimming pool, basketball court, pool tables, and many dining options and convenience stores.


The traditional colors of Cal Poly Pomona are green and yellow, with white as an accent color. The school's mascot is the bronco, nicknamed "Billy Bronco." The athletic teams are called the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.


Football, softball and water polo are no longer offered at Cal Poly Pomona, but the achievements of those past sports are still a source of "Bronco Pride." The Cal Poly Pomona "Broncos" athletic teams have claimed several national team titles and currently compete in 10 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is centrally located in the Los Angeles area, with easy access to the amenities of Southern California. Students can enjoy trips to the beach or hiking the San Gabriel Mountains around the campus, or a bit further beyond in the desert areas. Skiing and snowboarding opportunities are a short drive away. The local cities around Pomona have many art galleries, museums and botanical gardens to explore. Several large amusement parks are a short drive away, as are campgrounds and other recreation areas.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the students California State Polytechnic University - Pomona accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting accepted to California State Polytechnic University - Pomona.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English20 - 26
ACT ® Math22 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 27

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Cal Poly Pomona

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into California State Polytechnic University - Pomona.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions10,442 (45%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,019 (19%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at California State Polytechnic University - Pomona is around 21,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 90% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,560

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid63%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships50%$8,679
Receiving Student Loans37%$5,162

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona may provide services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of California State Polytechnic University - Pomona is around 50%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years12%
Graduating in 5 Years23%
Graduating in 6 Years15%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1974)
  • Art and Design Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 1997)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Cal Poly Pomona is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Basketball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Track and Field (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies



Liberal Arts and Sciences

Social Sciences

Agriculture Operations

  • Animal Science (B)
  • Agricultural Business and Management (B)
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management (B)
  • Food Science (B)
  • Agriculture (M)
  • Ornamental Horticulture (B)
  • Agronomy and Crop Science (B)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts


  • Education (M)
  • Agricultural Teacher Education (B)


Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles (B)

Communications and Journalism


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Engineering Technology

  • Construction Engineering Technology (B)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (B)
  • Engineering Technology (B)
  • Engineering Management (M)

English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Computer and Information Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority and Gender Studies (B)

Physical Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Public Administration and Social Services

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Natural Resources Conservation and Research (M)

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