California State Polytechnic University Pomona

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, commonly referred to as Cal Poly Pomona, was founded in 1938 as the Voorhis Unit. It is a public, nationally-ranked coeducational university with a campus area of 1,438-acres. Cal Poly Pomona has one of the largest student housing programs in the California State University system with over 3000 students living on campus.

This polytechnic university emphasizes science, mathematics, engineering, and technology programs. There are more than 20 graduate programs, 65 undergraduate programs and 13 teaching certificates offered in 8 colleges:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Integrative Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • College of Science
  • The Collins College of Hospitality Management

Cal Poly Pomona fields more than 10 sports teams for men and women, and they go by the name of Broncos. The men's baseball and cross-country teams and the women's basketball and tennis teams have won a number of national championships. The eminent alumni of this university includes names like Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Olympic medalists Chi Cheng and Kim Rhode, and U.S. Representatives Jim Brulte and Richard Pombo.

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California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave
Pomona , CA 91768
General Phone: (909) 869-7659

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Cal State Pomona Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,190business management
Engineering613aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, ...
Liberal Arts551minority and gender studies, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, ...
Science244biology, botany, microbiology, zoology, biotechnology, environmental biology, chemistry, geology, physics ...
Architecture and Planning212architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Hospitality192hospitality management
Therapy and Counseling180behavioral sciences, psychology
Animal Science and Care111animal science
Education and Teaching101education, agricultural teaching
Computer Science and Engineering92computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy87health and physical education, dietitian
Engineering Technician74engineering technology, electronics tech, construction engineering tech
Media71communication studies
Design70graphic design
Construction Trades57apparel and textiles
Landscaping and Horticulture42ornamental horticulture, landscaping, agronomy, pest management
Agricultural Science and Management33agriculture, agricultural management, food science
Art Studies29art studies
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy
Family and Social Work12public administration
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Conservation and Resource Management4conservation courses

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State Pomona in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree34820
Bachelor's degree3,72457

Cal State Pomona Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State Pomona had a total enrollment of 21,477 students (19,265 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 58%
Women 42%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 24%
Black 4%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 28%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 24%
22-24 27%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Cal State Pomona Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 60 %

Cal State Pomona Room and Board (2007)

Cal State Pomona offers campus housing for 3,107 of its 19,265 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Pomona, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Cal State Pomona Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430550
SAT Math470590
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State Pomona Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,564
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,734
Room and board $ 9,120
Room charge $ 5,580
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,555
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 2,286

Financial Aid:
Cal State Pomona participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 114400)

Cal State Pomona Faculty

Cal State Pomona has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track8570
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3322

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$116,3236$116,258
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$87,6721*
Lecturercalendar year3$75,0164$72,561
All faculty totalcalendar year20$104,39712$95,639

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year171$96,98988$95,621
Associate professoracademic year65$79,21646$76,807
Assistant professoracademic year59$71,53163$68,701
Lectureracademic year29$63,04817$59,638
All faculty totalacademic year324$85,750214$80,793

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State Pomona Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Track California Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports194160

Cal State Pomona Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Education, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Structural Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Environmental Biology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Psychology, General

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What Sets Cal State Pomona Apart:

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% of degrees in animal science and care
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Male % of student body
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Top 14%Cal State Pomona Male % of student body
% of degrees in hospitality
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%Cal State Pomona Minority % of student body
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
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Top 19%Cal State Pomona % of freshmen enrolled part-time

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