Pomona, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,783 ($6,125)
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5 College Senior

Diversity: The main minority group feels like it's the female gender but just for engineering. In other majors and other types of diversity, there isn't really a minority. However I have seen where the female gender actually gets more respect then the rest of the more obvious student body. If they're is rudeness or plain ignoring going on then its usually just a guy to guy situation and nothing more in depth than that.

5 College Student

Diversity: Cal Poly Pomona is known for its diversity and it shows.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Around my campus, there are plenty of fun activities to be part of. The professors here at Cal Poly Pomona are excellent they strive the best for the achievement of the students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone on campus is very accepting of each other. I see a lot of different races walking around, which is great.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. Even where I work on campus, we are diverse.


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Kyleena Harper
Sierra Madre, CA
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Cal Poly is the melting pot of the Cal States; pretty much every ethnicity you can think of is represented on this campus! Every class you attend will have a broad mix of people in it. Although Cal Poly doesn’t get a lot of students from out of state, it does get quite a few international students! CPP is actually one of the top 20 schools in the western region for international students.

Not only are the students from many different parts of the world, but the teachers are, too. Because of the many different majors offered, Cal Poly pulls its faculty from all over. There are over 30 cultural clubs located on campus for you to check out. They are constantly selling different types of ethnic foods as fundraisers, so you can smell it as you exit class. It’s a delicious way to steer clear of the repetitive campus choices. It’s very refreshing to see so many different people on campus and to hear their experiences and opinions in a class setting.

No matter where you go after you graduate, you will be forced to deal with a multitude of people from all different backgrounds. Cal Poly is a great example of what life will be like after graduation: full of a variety of people.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 30%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 22%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 60%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
CPP is noted in the top 100 LGBT campuses in The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, a major campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States. Since Cal Poly is such a diverse campus, it's not surprising that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the campus community are supported by organizations on campus such as the Pride Center, Queer Students and Allies for Equality (QSAFE), and La Familia de Cal Poly.
Political Activity
There is not much political activity on campus. You may occasionally run into demonstrators protesting, but nothing major.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle-class families. There is also a good chunk of students who come from low-income families that are attending school on scholarships.
Most Common Religions
Many organizations on campus represent the Christian religion, though other religions-including Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam-are represented, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Because there are so many cultural clubs, the Multicultural Council (MCC) has been established to look over the 30 cultural clubs on campus. In addition, the cultural centers are a part of the Office of Student Life, which houses several student centers that represent minorities.
Did You Know?
  • Cal Poly Pomona is tied for 12th in the nation for campus ethnic diversity amongst all private and public schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2010 College Rankings.
  • Cal Poly Pomona is tied for 17th in the West Region for Most International Students amongst all private and public schools.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 85 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 40% Not sure
  • 19% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 85 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 84 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 86 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 66% Very accepting.



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