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Academics: Known for its engineering and science colleges.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It's prestigious and we get a lot of hands-on experience. The workload is large.

3 College Junior

Academics: Hard to get classes if you don't have priority.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Aerospace engineering has a very good program


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 374th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 574th
    Best Course Variety
  • 998th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1028th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1046th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kyleena Harper
Sierra Madre, CA
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Cal Poly works on the quarter system rather than semesters. This means that you are going to learn a lot in only ten weeks! To be considered a full-time student, you must take a minimum of 12 units, which is equivalent to three classes. Definitely only take 12 units when you are first starting out; three classes doesn’t seem like a lot, but it takes some time to adapt.

CPP is very gung-ho about “learning through doing.” If your class doesn’t already have an activity, lab, or studio time attached to it, you will most definitely have a minimum of one group assignment that forces students to work with others and gain experience outside of book learning. Average class sizes at Cal Poly range from 30 to 60 people. Students who want an extra challenge can apply to be a part of the Kelloggs Honor College. Honors classes limit their class size to 20 people and usually contain even more group activities.

Cal Poly offers a wide range of classes at varying times, including online and hybrid classes, which is really helpful for students trying to balance work and other commitments with school. BroncoDirect has helped to make registering much more efficient, and it also allows you to track the progress of your degree online. The teachers at CPP are constantly rotating, so there are always fresh approaches to classes. Overall, Cal Poly has remained strong academically, despite currently weathering the California budget crisis. The only challenge is getting the classes you need or want!

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 students: 57%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • 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
  • Collins School of Hospitality Management
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 11%
  • Civil Engineering: 3%
  • Hospitality Management: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Internships
  • Ocean Studies Institute and Desert Studies Consortium
Online Courses
Online courses are easier to register for because they don't fill up as quickly due to the large number of students that can take it. For example, an average class will accept anywhere between 30 and 60 students, while an online class will accept up to 120 students! However, you have to be careful with online classes. Without physically going to a class, it can often slip your mind, and it's never fun to accidentally miss a quiz or homework assignment!
Best Places to Study
  • Bronco Student Center study lounge
  • Center Court
  • Empty Classrooms
  • Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check in with your advisor each quarter.
  • Check out student opinions on various instructors at
  • Don't wait until the last minute to buy your books.
  • Get to class a little early-seats fill up fast!
  • Go to a wide variety of social events to help make new friends.
  • Live as close to campus as possible: it cuts down on commute time, and heightens your chances of going to class/social events on a regular basis.
  • Make it a point to make an office visit with each of your instructors each quarter.
  • Make sure to stay on your curriculum plan.
  • Mix up your general education classes with your more difficult core classes.
  • Start off with 12 units before plunging in; the quarter system is fast.
  • Time management-buy a planner.
Did You Know?
  • Cal Poly Pomona offers more than 60 majors and a number of minor and interdisciplinary programs housed in 48 academic departments.
  • The Collins School of Hospitality Management is one of the top-ranking hospitality programs in the nation.
  • Cal Poly Pomona is tied for 8th in the category of Top Public Schools in the West Region.
  • One in every five people that passes the California Architecture Registration Exam to become a licensed architect is a graduate from Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Cal Poly has a motto of "learning by doing." Many of your classes, science or not, will have labs and activities attached to them so that you can get a hands-on learning experience.
  • Two national icons, Charles B. Voorhis, a prominent automotive industry figure, and William K. Kellogg, a cereal magnate, contributed to the University becoming one of the nation's top institutions of higher education.
  • Cal Poly Pomona's hallmark is its learn-by-doing philosophy.
  • The Architecture major is currently so impacted that it is only being offered to California residents.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 46% Forest Whitaker - Award-winning actor and director
  • 15% Jonathan Bornstein - soccer player
  • 8% James Chick - founder of Chick's Sporting Goods
  • 8% John C. Brewer - editor of the New York Times
  • 8% Jim Zorn - former NFL player and head coach
  • 8% Hilda Solis - secretary of labor
  • 8% Kim Rhode - Olympic Medalist
  • 0% Robert Balzer - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin publisher
  • 0% Jim Brulte - former California state senator (R)
  • 0% Richard Pombo - U.S. representative
  • 0% Chi Cheng - Olympic Medalist
  • 0% Carol Vaness - opera soprano
  • 0% Dave Mirra - BMX rider

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 86 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 88 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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