As one of only seven polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona is known for its learn-by-doing philosophy. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its academic colleges as well as community access to traditional extension programs through the Extended University.
The university recognizes that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage as employees solving real-world problems tomorrow. Faculty in all disciplines apply theory to practice, creating opportunities for students to use their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaboration in research, and participation in valuable internships and service learning programs. Learning takes place in an environment of collaboration. Average undergraduate class size is 26 students.
Accreditation & Ranking
“Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 among the “Top Public Schools: Regional Universities West” on the U.S. News
“2021 Best College Rankings,” published today. The university also rose to No. 10 in Regional Univeristies among all public and private institutions in the west, from No. 14 last year.”
Money Magazine ranked Cal Poly Pomona No.
7 among “Best Public Colleges”
focused on undergraduates in the western region and No. 14
on the “2020 Best Regional Universities – West”
list, from a pool of 128 universities in 15 states. The university
was also recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the
region at No. 3.
Among “Best Colleges for Business Majors" based on career payoff for undergraduate
business majors, Cal Poly ranks at No. 22.
In Money Magazine’s 2020 ranking of “The Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value” by
quality, affordability and alumni success, Cal Poly Pomona rose
to No. 15, ranking a new high for the university. In Money’s “Most Transformative Colleges List”
for 2020, which was based on the magazine’s of “students beating the odds of doing better
than would be expected based on their economic and academic backgrounds,” Cal Poly Pomona
ranks No. 10.
Cal Poly Pomona ranked No. 3 in the nation
among the universities that help low income students find financial
success, according to the “2018 Social Mobility Index.” The
university is one of only five that has ranked in the ranking’s top
20 for five consecutive years.
PayScale names Cal Poly Pomona one of the
nation's "Best Value Colleges" in its 2018
College ROI Report. The university is ranked No. 96
nationally based on in-state tuition, moving up from No. 124 in 2017.
Money Magazine listed Cal Poly Pomona at No.
25 nationally among the 2019 “Best Colleges for Transfer Students.”
The outlet started with educational quality, affordability, and alumni
success then looked at four and six-year graduation rates as well as
the share of transfer students on campus.
Cal Poly Pomona is among the nation’s leaders for first-year
student retention in schools with acceptance rates above 50 percent,
according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The university ranked No. 30, with 89 percent of
Pomona’s first-year, full-time, undergraduate students in fall 2015
returning to campus for the 2016-2017 academic year.