California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)

Established in 1938, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is one of only 11 polytechnic (“learn-by-doing”) universities in the US. The campus is located in the beautiful suburbs of Los Angeles and is home to more than 25,000 students. The cornerstone of Cal Poly Pomona’s strong academic tradition is the “learn-by-doing” philosophy. The unique approach to learning blends the best of a research university with a liberal arts education to prepare students to be skilled workers, integrative problem solvers and well-balanced leaders. The University is host to more than 55 Bachelor’s and 25 Master’s degree programs. Our small class sizes provide a hands-on approach to learning gets you out of the classroom and into real-world scenarios solving real-world problems. Cal Poly Pomona today…Global Leader tomorrow!

Campus distinctions:

  • 4th best in Western US for non-doctorate granting institutions (US News & World Report)
  • 5th undergraduate Engineering program for non-doctorate granting public universities (US News & World report)
  • 3rd landscape architecture program in the US (Best Colleges)
  • Top 25 undergraduate architecture programs in the US (DesignIntelligence)
  • 9th in US for upward economic & social mobility (Equal Opportunity Project)
  • CPP’s Collins College of Hospitality Management is consistently ranked the best hospitality management program on the West Coast and among the best in the nation.
  • S. News & World Report ranks CPP among the “Best Colleges 2016,” citing the university’s hands-on model of education that gives students “many opportunities to learn-by-doing outside of the classroom.”
  • CPP is also listed among the best in the Princeton Review, with students praising the university’s learn-by-doing approach and the abundance of career opportunities after graduation.
  • Because of its low cost tuition, high-quality courses offerings and alumni success, CPP is listed as one of the Best Colleges for your Money by Money Magazine.
  • The university’s attention to sustainability and its commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030, have earned it a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the premier organization for advancing sustainability on college campuses. The Princeton Review lists the campus in its “Guide to Green Colleges,” and the Sierra Club also named the university in its Cool Schools list.


  • Western Association for Colleges and Schools
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • National Association of schools of Art and Design
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

Student demographics:

A mid-sized campus of 25,000 students, Cal Poly Pomona is one of the most diverse campuses in the US. The campus is host to more than 800 international students from as many as 70 different countries around the world.

ESL program and/or support services:

Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI) offers students intensive English language instruction in a small class environment with high-quality instructors.

This year-round program is divided into (5) 8-week terms where students are immersed in 20 hours (core courses) and 8 hours (elective) of classroom instruction. Six levels of instruction are offered, from beginner to advanced. TOEFL/IELTS test preparation, academic advising and visa counseling are provided. CPELI also offers conditional University admission for most CPP majors that includes TOEFL/IELTS waivers!

Student housing options:

Many campus housing options are available, both on and close-by campus. Traditional residence halls and campus suites are located directly on campus and offer shared accommodations year-round, as well as a variety of meal plans. University Village apartments are located across from campus and accessible by campus shuttle. These apartments provide more independent living and are not available for freshmen students.

Application filing periods:

Quarter Initial Filing Period Undergraduate Graduate*
First year Freshmen Transfer
Fall Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 (of previous year) x x x
Winter June 1 – 30 (of previous year) x x
Spring August 1 – 31 (of previous year) x

*Some graduate programs have extended application deadlines.  Click here to view.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students:

Cal Poly Pomona has more than 55 Bachelor’s degree and 25 Master’s degree programs, including those in architecture, agriculture, biology, business administration, chemistry, economics, engineering, hospitality management, urban planning, and more!

Freshman Admission Requirements

  •  Comprehensive College Preparatory courses (including English, Math, History, Science, Foreign Language, Elective, Arts)
  •  Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) – optional for students from non-US high schools applying into most majors
  •  TOEFL (71 IBT) or IELTS (6.0 overall band score)

Transfer Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits)
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Completion with “C” grade or better in the “Golden 4 courses”: Oral Communication/Speech, English Composition, Critical Thinking, College-level Math
  • TOEFL (71 IBT) or IELTS (6.0 overall band score)

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • Minimum GPA 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted
  • Meet the professional, personal, scholastic and other standards for graduate studies based on specific program
  • Meet minimum testing requirements (based on specific graduate program requirements)
  • TOEFL (81 IBT) or IELTS (6.5 overall band score)

International student visas issued:

F-1 and J-1 visas

Estimated cost of attendance and financial assistance:


$20,732/year (Living expenses)

$17,818/year (Tuition & fees)

$38,550 total



$20,732/year (Living expenses)

$16,084/year (Tuition & fees)

$36,816 total

Scholarship opportunities:

International Student merit awards are granted (on a limited basis) to qualified entering students. No application necessary.

Internship opportunities:

Disney, Pepsi, Panasonic, Amazon, Google, Northrop Grumman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mattel, Uniqlo, Fluor, Bowing, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Target, BCBG Max Azria

Student activities & campus life:

There is no such thing as an “average day” at Cal Poly Pomona. The possibilities are as diverse as our student backgrounds. You’ll find countless opportunities to join one of the 300+ student clubs, audition for a play, cheer on our nationally ranked athletic teams, listen to a live concert, attend a conference, participate in undergraduate research or attend a cultural heritage month event. There are well over 100 FREE student events each year. Find out more here!

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