California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) is a public university in Pomona, California. It is the largest polytechnic university in the United States and the 2nd largest university in the California State University system. Cal Poly has the largest Civil Engineering student population in the country. The university is one of seven polytechnic universities in the United States, which are devoted to technical arts and applied sciences.
Cal Poly’s mission is, “to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership and careers in a changing multicultural world.” The foundation of Cal Poly’s educational experience is hands-on learning and the ability to think critically. The university is committed to academic vigor, environmental sustainability, and the celebration of diversity.
Pomona is a suburban city near the urban center of Los Angeles. The university is situated on a 1,438 acre campus, the 2nd largest in the state university system. The university is dedicated to an environmentally sustainable campus. It maintains solar panels, aquaculture ponds, and organic gardens. The campus population is served by a free shuttle bus.
Cal Poly has been designated a “Center of Academic Excellence” by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. Cal Poly offers 94 undergraduate degrees, 39 graduate degrees, 13 teaching credentials, and a doctorate program. The university is divided into eight academic colleges consisting of agriculture, business administration, hospitality management, education and integrative studies, engineering, environmental design, arts and social sciences, and science. Cal Poly focuses on real-world experience and hands-on learning, for a seamless transition to the workforce upon graduation.
The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association of NCAA Division II. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and track and field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. The Broncos have won many national championships, including the most recent, a 2010 Division II basketball championship. The university campus offers students the use of a fitness center, athletic fields, and individualized athletic programs.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The tuition for an undergraduate semester for California residents is $2,125. Nonresidents will pay an extra $248 per credit hour. Financial aid is offered based on need and merit, in the form of scholarships, work study, grants, and loans. All interested students are encouraged to apply, regardless of their financial situation.
The California State University System makes every effort to keep its costs at a minimum.
Cal Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Prospective student applications must include all official transcripts, entrance essays, and SAT or ACT test scores by November 30th of the year prior to attendance. 53% of freshman applicants were admitted in 2013. For more information about the admissions process, contact: