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You get a lot of bang for your buck at Cal Poly Pomona. With its “good reputation” and “general affordability,” this large public school attracts career-oriented students across a range of engineering and applied science majors. “Linking theory and practice in all disciplines,” Cal Poly Pomona’s educational philosophy is to “learn by doing.” Students appreciate the “fast-paced, hands-on approach to education,” in which “Each subject is taught using real world applications. This allows Cal Poly Pomona students to succeed immediately in industry.” The “connection from [the] classroom to the real world” is furthered by the school’s “strong focus on group projects,” frequent lab assignments, and great local “industry connections” for internship and job leads. A current student enthuses, “The opportunities available to us are impressive. I’ve had three successful internships, including one at the jet propulsion laboratory.” While there are diverse teaching styles (and inconsistent quality) within the school’s large faculty, “Overall the professors at Cal Poly Pomona are very dedicated to their work and eager to help.” Classes are technical and challenging, but “There are a lot of programs in place to help students with their courses,” including peer tutoring.

Student Body

Cal Poly’s 20,000 undergraduates are a “very diverse” bunch. Though “most students are from California,” you get “a little bit of everything” on this bustling campus, from the “geeky engineer” to those “trying to be hipsters.” With so much diversity, “Everyone has a spot in one or more groups,” and refreshingly, Cal Poly “students are "real" people. Most of them work or have families.” Despite active Greek organizations, “Most people do not party” at Cal Poly, preferring to focus on their education. On this campus, “There is a common determination to work hard to prepare for our future.” Overall, it is “friendly atmosphere,” in which most people are “studious and polite, while not entirely outgoing.”

Campus Life

Students at Cal Poly Pomona love their “gorgeous campus” in Southern California, which not only boasts an “amazing” library, but wonderful recreational facilities, like “arcades, [a] pool, ping pong, swimming, basketball courts, and large grassy areas for other sports.” There are “all kinds of activities in and around the Pomona area;” for example, many “people go snowboarding in the winter and go to the beach in spring.” Culturally, “Downtown Pomona is currently revitalizing and has a lot of cool places to chill and drink and eat,” and “L.A. is (obviously) an incredible place to be able to hang out on the weekends.” Though there is a growing residential population, most Cal Poly students are “commuters who work and go to school,” and are therefore generally removed from campus life. If you want a more typical college experience, “You have to put yourself out there and find an organization to join.” Fortunately, “There are many clubs at the school and so there are many opportunities to get to know people who have similar interests.” A current student attests, “I found that getting involved on campus is what made life at Cal Poly Pomona such a great experience.”

Overview

Applicants
36,574
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
25:1
Total Faculty
1,244
with Terminal Degree
690

735
Men
509
Women
466
Minority
45
International

Most frequent class size
30 - 39
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Food Science.
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Environmental Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Education, Other.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technologies.
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Dietetics/Dietitian.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Science, Technology and Society.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Forrest Whitaker
Actor/Director

Hans Woolley
President of Evite

The Honorable Hilda Solis
Los Angeles County Supervisor; former U.S. Secretary of Labor

Mark Peel
Restaurateur and Chef

Eddy W. Hartenstein
Publisher, Los Angeles Times

Paul L. Schultz
President & COO, Jack in the Box, Inc.

Violet Palmer
Referee, NBA and WNBA

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
18%
Graduate in 5 years
50%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,973

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,968

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,565

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,998

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,121

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,742
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,622
Required Fees
$1,555
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,854

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,300

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,514
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

California DREAM Act
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,319
Foreign Countries Represented
107

Demographics

22.21%
Asian
3.36%
African-American
43.49%
Hispanic
16.77%
Caucasian
3.34%
Unknown
6.51%
International

46% female
54% male
1% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
10%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
44%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Tracee Passeggi

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
401
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
13

2% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

16% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Broncos)
5 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Broncos)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Pride Center www.csupomona.edu/~osl/pride.htm

Minority Support Groups: www.csupomona.edu/~osl/ Cultural Centers for African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian and Pacific Islanders

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The techies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona have taken a methodical, systematic approach to sustainability. Since first signing the ACUPCC, the university has completed two baseline inventories for its greenhouse gas emissions. In the process, the university discovered that most of its emissions come from purchased electricity and from student and faculty cars, since it is a commuter campus. In an effort to reduce its environmental impact, the university has implemented a new policy that requires all office equipment and appliances to be Energy Star-rated, improves access to public transport, and offers priority parking for commuters who carpool. At the Center, students and faculty work on new low energy technology and building plans, and other processes that can “restore, renew, and revitalize their own sources of energy and materials.” The Center offers a master of science in regenerative studies and a minor in regenerative studies for undergrads interested in sustainability and interdisciplinary learning. Students get to see their research put to immediate practical use. The university uses 100 percent reclaimed water and also uses trayless dining services to save on water and energy costs from washing trays. Students at Cal Poly Pomona recently participated in the RecycleMania contest, and the university already boasts a 70 percent waste-diversion rate. In 2011, the College of Environmental Design received a $100,000 grant “to address social and environmental sustainability issues through the newly created California Center for Land and Water Stewardship (CCLAWS).”

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School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
60%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Students can get special pricing through Bronco Bookstore; agreements are with Apple and Dell.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tracy Moore
Events Coordinator/Outreach Representative

Address
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, 91768

Phone
909-869-6896

Email
tamoore@cpp.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Farmstore at Kellogg Ranch
Rain Bird Aquatic,Ethnobotony&Rainforest
W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
Kellogg House Pomona
John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Full name for #2 above:The Rain Bird Aquatic, Ethnobotony & Rainforest Learning Centers Cal Poly Pomona is located on the eastern edge of Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. 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 W.K. 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 W.K. 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 Lucile 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.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Disneyland
Mountains/Resorts
California Beaches
Los Angeles/Hollywood
Victoria Gardens
Located just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona offers the excitement of one of the world’s most diverse metropolitan areas and Southern California’s magnificent weather, while still retaining the serenity of a foothill community. The University’s proximity to business and industry makes it ideal for internships and employment opportunities. In addition, the campus is only a short drive from natural (beach, mountains, and desert), cultural (theaters, museums, and galleries), and recreational sites (Disneyland, Hollywood Bowl, Kodak Theater, Knott’s Berry Farm, Raging Waters, and Los Angeles County Fairgrounds).

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Use e-mail address provided

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.broncoathletics.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located approximately 30 minutes East of campus, and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located approximately 50 minutes West of campus. Whether you are from Southern California or visiting from another country, public transportation is another option. Take advantage of our local trains: Metrolink is commuter rail that serves Southern California and has two lines (Riverside and San Bernardino) that service Pomona (1-800-371-LINK); local buses: Foothill Transit covers the Pomona/San Gabriel Valley area (1-800-743-3463), with Lines 190, 194, 195, 289, 480, 482, and 486 serving campus directly and connects to nearby transit centers in Pomona, Puente Hills, and El Monte where riders can connect to other agencies such as Metrolink, Metro (serving Los Angeles County) and OMNITRANS (serving San Bernardino County). Super Shuttle - for reservations 24 hours in advance, please call (800) 700-1983 or www.supershuttle.com. Typical fair to and from Ontario International Airport, $25 (each additional guests $9). Typical fair to and from Los Angeles International Airport, $49 (each additional guests $9). For group reservations call (800) 700-1983 for special discount rates (ext. 217).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving Directions to Cal Poly Pomona From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Take the 105 freeway East, transition to the 605 North, transition to the San Bernardino (60) freeway, transition to the Orange (57) freeway North. Exit at Temple Avenue and turn left (down the hill). Turn right on South Campus Drive, left on Kellogg Drive, and turn left when you see the Visitor Parking Booth. From Ontario International Airport (ONT): Take the San Bernardino (10) freeway West and exit at Kellogg Drive. Stay in your left lane, you should be on the left side of the large electronic marquee that welcomes visitors. Follow Kellogg Drive. After the second stop sign, turn right when you see the Visitor Parking Booth. From Orange County: Take the 57 freeway North and exit at Temple Avenue and turn left (down the hill). Turn right on South Campus Drive, left on Kellogg Drive, and turn left when you see the Visitor Parking Booth. From the 10 Freeway (East or West): Exit at Kellogg Drive. Stay in your left lane, you should be on the left side of the large electronic marquee that welcomes visitors. Follow Kellogg Drive. After the second stop sign, turn right when you see the Visitor Parking Booth. From the 60 Freeway traveling East: Follow the junction into the 57 freeway North. Exit at Temple Avenue and turn left (down the hill). Turn right on South Campus Drive, left on Kellogg Drive, and turn left when you see the Visitor Parking Booth.

Local Accommodations
Kellogg West Conference Center & Lodge is a full service hotel and conference facility located on a natural and tranquil tree lined hilltop on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. Featuring well appointed guest rooms, Kellogg West offers a special visitor rate of $79 plus tax single-occupancy or $89 plus tax double occupancy for guests who are touring Cal Poly Pomona with the Visitor Center. Accommodations include free high-speed internet access, complimentary daily newpaper and in-room coffee, pool/Jacuzzi and cardio-fitness center. The Kellogg West restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet brakfast and lunches are served most days. Dinners are either a buffet or from an a la carte menu. Guest room dining is also available via the in-room dining progrm. For more information about Kellogg West and to make reservations, please call (800) 593-7876 or (909) 869-2222 or visit their website at www.kelloggwest.org.


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