About California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Founded in 1938, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 23,733 full time undergraduate students, and 1,593 full time graduate students.

The California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 28:1. There are 611 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate59%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range900-1160
ACT Range20-27

Admissions at Cal Poly-Pomona are considered Selective, with ,59% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    171 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    146 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    216 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    221 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    221 Students rated class size 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    220 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    221 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    221 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of California State Polytechnic University-Pomona?

84 Students rated California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Alyssa - 04/16/2024

I really like it! It’s just the perfect size for someone who doesn’t want to be so outgoing, yet still wants to make friends, which was exactly what I was looking for. I love on campus and enjoy it much more than if I drove everyday! My professors have also been amazing!

Belkis - 04/05/2024

At first, my top choice was San Luis Obispo but when I visited Cal Poly Pomona, I instantly fell in love with the campus and how the buildings were constructed. I felt in Pomona I would get to be involved and achieve of becoming an engineer. I know very well this school will help me through university and from what I have seen on the website there are many clubs for STEM and unbelievable programs and opportunities from what I can choose. So I know committing to Cal Poly Pomona is a great choice I made.

Daniel - 06/15/2023

As it stands, Cal Poly Pomona shows to be quite a large school that more-than-sufficiently provides students with extracurricular activities, eateries, quiet spaces, and recreational facilities. In terms of housing, both on-campus and off-campus, it is very difficult, as you'd be competing with hundreds students almost anywhere. Professors are often very accessible with both appointments and office hours, but during lectures, their overall quality tends to be highly "variable." Some professors can be really good at teaching the subjects they've been assigned, adding an air of their personality to make the subject more interesting, and on the other end of the spectrum are professors who either heavily rely on online/interactive textbooks to do the teaching for them, leaving the actual professors to either reiterate that content, or undergo difficult/challenging examples. In short, most facilities are great, but housing can be quite difficult, and the professors are highly variable in quality.

raz - 10/20/2022

It’s not the worst school but it definitely has its downfalls! All I know is come in with an open mind and you’ll be ok! The engineering department does their best to help students, and as far as I know the remaining colleges on campus (colleges meaning majors) have all exciting and different classes!

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State Polytechnic University-Pomona is 59%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would say, Greg, the next four or five years are not going to be easy. Physics requires a lot of commitment and the professors will expect the best from you. They will also help you, assist you, guide you. This is not high school anymore. You are an adult, no one is going to hold your hand and ask for your parent's signature. You are in charge of your destiny. If you do not come to class or do not do homework, the college police will not come after you. College is an exciting time, full of opportunities and driven young people all with the same goal you have: to recieve a better education and make a better life for yourself. There are also missed opportunities, and it can become overwhelming. Especially in the last two years, with the course work becoming more difficult, graduation approaching, job interviews or graduate school applications on the horizon. You are becoming an adult, taking charge of your life. All parents and professors can do is to guide you in the right direction, but at the end of the day it comes down to you, Greg. College is the first step.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That they were phasing out my major ! I found out after the fact. No one mentioned it prior to being excepted as a student for that term.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There is a very limited availability of classes. This causes most of the undergraduate students to be incapable of graduating in 4 years.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A commuter school in a bad neighborhood with limited resources for extra curricular activities.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    Most of our classes are around 30 students. It make it easier for the professor to answer the students' questions and keep them engaged. Being able to sit close to the professor helps you to keep focussed because he can see you and remembers you. It gives you a reason to go to class, your professor knows when your not there. It also helps to build relationships with your classmates. Studying with peers makes a world of difference. I know from experience of group studying compared to when I do not group study.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person dedicated to achieving success in college and future career with their degree. A person that understands the value of an education even if the cost is less than most 4 year univeristies.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I cannot recall anything that is truly frustrating about my school, other than the small things that every college campus faces, like the struggle to get into the classes you need.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school has a "learn by doing" philosophy. This simply means students interact more with the faculty and are able to learn hands on so that they will be prepared for their future careers.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Cal Poly Pomona is a well known engineering school. The College of Engineering is ranked among the top in the country.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The campus size and scenery

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    someone who is very conservative. This school is very diverse when it comes to different ethnities and preferences. someone who has can afford to pay a higher tuition.

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  13. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates have been helpful and understand we are all trying to accomplish similar goals so there have not been any issues with me personally.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

71% of students attending California State Polytechnic University-Pomona receive some sort of financial aid. 43% were awarded federal grants. While 33% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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