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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Southern California’s Polytechnic University, enthusiastically practicing a philosophy of hands-on learning in the liberal arts, applied sciences and professional fields.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) offers a unique learn-by-doing approach by blending theory and practice in all of its programs. With a focus on the future, Cal Poly Pomona has brought to the forefront environmental sustainability and climate neutrality, the future demand for more professionals in science and technology, and the evolving needs of the region. Students are actively and personally engaged with their professors who maintain strong connections to their industries, giving students a direct link to innovative technology, outstanding internships and real-world experiences. Small class size, a 26:1 student-teacher ratio, and multiple opportunities for learning in and outside the classroom are all part of the learning culture. The university enrolls a diverse population of almost 24,000 students and ranks 4th in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings for non-doctorate-granting public universities in the West. Cal Poly Pomona is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and its nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs, dynamic community and successful graduates make it a leading force in the region.


Living in the Cal Poly Pomona Community

Offering an affordable life-changing education, Cal Poly Pomona combines an historic campus setting with endless opportunities for engagement and involvement in a vibrant campus community.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

Located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the campus offers the excitement of one of the world’s most diverse metropolitan areas while retaining the serenity of a foothill community. The campus features 1,438 acres of rolling hills and gardens as well as many historical buildings linking to its past as the winter home of one of its founders, breakfast cereal magnate, W.K. Kellogg.

Ranked 10th in student diversity among public and private western universities, the campus celebrates the distinct perspectives and experiences of its multicultural student body. Student engagement is highly valued, and the University offers multiple opportunities, including participation in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, 348 clubs and organizations, Greek life, cultural centers, service learning, multicultural programs, student government, nationally recognized athletics, and the performing arts. Over 3,500 students enjoy the benefits of living in on-campus communities each year.

With a strong commitment to student success, the university offers several academic enrichment programs, including the Kellogg Honors College, special academic centers and institutes, study abroad, research opportunities, community service learning, the Four-year Graduation Pledge Program, as well as exceptional student support services.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 23,717

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 22,157
Women 9,808 44%
Men 12,349 56%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 44 <1%
Asian 5,345 24%
African American / Black 725 3%
Hispanic 8,729 39%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 32 <1%
White 4,266 19%
Two or More Races 880 4%
International 1,210 5%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 926 4%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do CPP undergraduates call home?
California 97%
Other US States & Territories 1%
Other Countries 2%
How old are CPP undergraduates?
Average Age 22
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 19%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 33,857 new freshman applicants, 39% were admitted and 20% of the admitted students enrolled at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Fall 2015.
Of the 14,062 transfer applicants, 41% were admitted and 41% of the admitted students enrolled at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 20 - 27  
Math 21 - 28 470 - 620
English 20 - 27  
Critical Reading   450 - 580
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top of graduating class Data Not Available
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.50
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $26,556

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend California State Polytechnic University, Pomona varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


CPP Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 26 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 40%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 87%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 573
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 44%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 36%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 82%

Campus-based Housing

48% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
10% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Campus safety is a university priority for California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. A professionally trained University police force, campus departments, professional staff, and campus community members actively participate in shared responsibilities and commitment to ensure that the safety and property of students, staff and faculty are protected. The university also has a well-defined campus Emergency Management Plan with several hundred trained faculty and staff members. University Police is responsible for law enforcement, security, and emergency response. The department is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
Very high undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate comprehensive

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at CPP

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 98% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 98% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 25% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 88% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 21% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 43% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 15% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 7% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 94% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 66% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 70% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 88% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 77% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 67% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 89% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 83% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 85% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 88% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 87% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 77% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2014-15
Bachelor's 4,203
Master's 425
Total 4,628

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Business Administration, Management and Operations. 24%
Hospitality Administration/Management. 6%
Mechanical Engineering. 4%
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 4%
Civil Engineering. 4%
Links to degree programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Links to degree programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona




Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 89%

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 92% four-year success and progress rate means that 92% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 2,728 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 1,207 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 89%

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Student Learning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.