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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.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

China Pour
Senior Coordinator of Outreach, Recruitment, and Educational Partnerships

3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona, 91768



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Centerpointe Dining Commons
The Farm Store/AgriScapes
Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC)
University Plaza (Old Stables)/University Park/Bronco Bookstore
Rose Garden/George and Sakaye Aratani Japanese Garden
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. In 2019, the new Student Services Building (SSB) was completed. Designed by CO Architects to be reminiscent of the nearby San Gabriel Mountains and foothills, the SSB, with its distinctive undulating roof, consolidates all student services and related administrative departments into an easily accessible, one-stop 140,000-sq ft service center.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ontario Mills/Victoria Gardens
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park/Nearby Mountain Resorts/Raging Waters
Los Angeles/Hollywood
Southern California Beaches
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 Visiting Center
08:00 am - 05:00 pm

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

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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 daily and directly and connects to nearby transit hubs in Pomona, Montclair, West Covina, Puente Hills, and El Monte where riders can connect to other agencies such as Metrolink, LA Metro (serving Los Angeles County), OCTA (serving Orange County), OMNITRANS (serving San Bernardino County), and RTS (serving Riverside County). Starting Fall 2021, CPP, in partnership with Foothill Transit, also offers free bus passes that allow enrolled students unlimited rides on all Foothill Transit buses for the year. Starting Spring 2023, the Foothill Transit Silver Streak, a line providing express bus service to Downtown Los Angeles westbound and the Montclair Transit Center eastbound, will offer a stop in the heart of campus, with service running from Mondays thru Fridays (excluding federal holidays) between 7 am and 9 pm. 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.


Applicants: 46,244
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average HS GPA: 3.69



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