California State Polytechnic University--Pomona

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3801 W. Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA 91768-2557

Phone: (909) 869-7659
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#33 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State Polytechnic University--Pomona is a public institution that was founded in 1938. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,542, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,438 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. California State Polytechnic University--Pomona's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 33. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,118 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,278 (2013-14).

Located about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, California State Polytechnic University—Pomona offers numerous fields of study within eight colleges, including master’s programs in business and political science. The university, better known as Cal Poly Pomona, has one of the top ranked engineering programs, and graduates roughly 1 of every 14 engineers in the state of California. The translation of Cal Poly Pomona’s Latin motto, Instrumentum Disciplinae, is “Application of Knowledge,” which reflects the university’s learn-by-doing approach to academics. A political science major, for example, may work on a project at city hall, or a journalism student may intern at a newspaper to get hands-on experience outside the classroom.

Besides academics, students can have fun by joining some of more than 250 campus clubs or playing for the many Cal Poly Pomona Broncos varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. Notable alumni include Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. cabinet.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As one of nine polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona integrates a learn-by-doing approach into its project and presentation-based coursework. This long-standing polytechnic approach makes it unique among traditional universities and has earned Cal Poly Pomona the reputation of developing individuals who are among the most sought after in today's marketplace.

A nationally-recognized public university with a number of highly respected and ranked programs, Cal Poly Pomona provides its students an excellent environment for academic, personal and professional success. The U.S. Department of Education, U.S. News & World Report, Black Issues in Higher Education, Design Intelligence, Hispanic Outlook Magazine, Journal of Hospitality Management, Los Angeles Times Business Journal and Project Connect have ranked Cal Poly Pomona in numerous categories.

Cal Poly Pomona is located on the eastern edge of Southern California's San Gabriel Valley. The site of the university is the former winter ranch of William K. Kellogg, the cereal magnate. The university's 1,400-acre campus features lush rolling hills; flowers, plants and trees from all seven continents; a rose garden personally built by Kellogg; and a beautifully landscaped Japanese Garden. The university's aesthetic qualities are one of its best kept secrets. Some of the world's finest architects and landscape architects designed and built the ranch - a hybrid of architecture, which combined the formal courtyards, gardens and elements of Spanish, Italian and Islamic architecture with the informality of a growing nouveau-riche society. Pasadena architect Myron Hunt (Rose Bowl, Huntington Library) designed Kellogg's main house. Charles Gibbs Adams, whose work included the Hearst Castle Gardens in San Simeon, California, was selected to landscape the grounds. Later, the landscape was completed by Florence Yoch and Lucille Council, widely recognized as two of the finest garden designers and landscape architects in California. More recently, Antoine Predock designed the University's administration building with a desert theme.

The university has a distinguished history with its origin as a private school. Two national icons, Charles B. Voorhis, a prominent automotive industry figure, and Kellogg, contributed to the University's establishment and success. Voorhis entered the automobile business as a sales manager, joining the Oakland Motor Car Company (General Motors) of Pontiac, Michigan in 1914 and rose to become vice-president. In 1917, he helped found the Nash Motors Company with then GM President Charles W. Nash. In 1928, Voorhis opened the Voorhis School for Boys in San Dimas, California, a college for homeless young men which he endowed and served as chairman of the board. With the help of his son, Jerry Voorhis, a U. S. Congressman, the Voorhis School for Boys became one of the most popular institutions in Southern California. In 1938, the Voorhis School for Boys became known as the Voorhis Unit of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when the State of California acquired the private school. In 1949, the Voorhis Unit acquired Kellogg's winter ranch.

In 1925, Kellogg fulfilled a dream when he moved to Pomona, California to start an Arabian horse breeding program, the oldest in the United States and the fifth largest in the country today. More than 70% of the domestic Arabian bloodstock in the U.S. can trace its lineage to the original breeding program. With the assistance of Richard Nixon and then U.S. President Harry S. Truman, Kellogg's desire to have the ranch become an institution of higher education became a reality. A stipulation in maintaining the property is that the University continues Kellogg's tradition of a Sunday Arabian horse show. On the first Sunday of the month from October through May, students host public performances.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1938
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $55,570,858


When applying to California State Polytechnic University--Pomona, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at California State Polytechnic University--Pomona is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.2%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State Polytechnic University--Pomona is 27:1, and the school has 13.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State Polytechnic University--Pomona include: Business Administration and Management, General; Civil Engineering, General; Hospitality Administration/Management, General; Psychology, General; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 27:1
4-year graduation rate 11%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 26%
Civil Engineering, General 6%
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 6%
Psychology, General 5%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3%

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Student Life

California State Polytechnic University--Pomona has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,542, with a gender distribution of 57.1 percent male students and 42.9 percent female students. At this school, 12 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 88 percent of students live off campus. California State Polytechnic University--Pomona is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 22,156
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California State Polytechnic University--Pomona offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State Polytechnic University--Pomona also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California State Polytechnic University--Pomona, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State Polytechnic University--Pomona.

Students who have cars on campus 88%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State Polytechnic University--Pomona, 63.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,795.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,118 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,278 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,615 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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