California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)

About the institution:

Established in 1938, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is one of only 7 polytechnic universities in the US.  The campus is located in the beautiful suburbs of Los Angeles, and is home to more than 21,000 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!

Student demographics:

A mid-sized campus of 21,000 students, Cal Poly Pomona ranks 6th in the entire US for campus diversity. The campus is host to more than 500 international students from as many as 50 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 (4) 10-week quarters where students are immersed in 20 hours (core courses) and 8 hours (elective) of classroom instruction.  TOEFL/IELTS test preparation, academic advising and visa counseling are provided.  CPELI also offers conditional University admission for some majors!

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.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students:

Cal Poly Pomona has more than 55 Bachelor’s degree programs, including those in agriculture, biology, business administration, chemistry, economics, public administration, engineering, hospitality management, math, etc.  Click here to view all admission requirements.

Freshman Admission

  • Comprehensive College Preparatory courses (including English, Math, History, Science, Foreign Language, Elective, Arts)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)
  • TOEFL (71 IBT) or IELTS (6.0 overall band score)

Transfer Admission

  • 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)

International Student visas issued:

F1 and J1 visas

Cost of attendance and financial assistance:

$17,000/year (Living expenses)
$15,000/year (Tuition & fees)

$17,000/year (Living expenses)
$12,000/year (Tuition & fees)

International Student merit awards are granted (on a limited basis) to qualified entering students.  Click here to view all approximated costs and fees.

Student activities and 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 290+ 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!  Click here to find out more about campus life.