Local Atmosphere

Pomona, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,783 ($6,125)
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's no best but it's not the worst either I suppose.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Pomona is not too bad to be honest. There is some gang violence in downtown pomona not really around Cal Poly though.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There aren't a lot of shopping plazas nearby. The area, Pomona, itself is not very safe but the university safety seems alright.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not much to do but we are close to los angeles and holly wood so we do have options if we choose to drive to other places. We are pretty close to all the major attractions and malls

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Cal Poly Pomona is a really diverse school which is what I love about it. The atmosphere to this campus is very peaceful and calming due to lots of green surroundings. It is also very loving, lots of animals on campus, which feeds off a homey vibe.


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Kyleena Harper
Sierra Madre, CA
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There are pros and cons to Pomona. Pomona isn’t what one would consider a typical “college town.” It is a more suburban area, with some seedy sections. That being said, Cal Poly Pomona is conveniently located by a large freeway junction that consists of four of Los Angeles County’s freeways coming together: the 10, the 57, the 71, and the 60.

With the help of these freeways, you are 45 minutes away from some of the coolest places in California: Mountain High for snow, Disneyland or Magic Mountain to get your theme park fix, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach for some sun and surf, Hollywood—the list goes on.

Again, the need for a car comes into play. Without a car, you will be stuck on campus every weekend unless you can bum rides off of all your friends for an entire school year. The bus system in Pomona isn’t always reliable and shouldn’t even be considered at night. Basically, the close local atmosphere of Pomona isn’t very secure, which is why most students avoid it. Luckily, there are so many other entertaining options close enough that students accept it. After all, wouldn’t you love to have the option to go to Disneyland and make it back for your 5 p.m. class?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Los Angeles County Fair is held at the fairgrounds in Pomona every September.
  2. The Glass House, located in downtown Pomona, is a venue where many famous musical artists perform.
  3. Downtown Pomona has been a site for many film sets, including "The Cat in the Hat."
  4. The Pomona Raceway is home to the NHRA's season opener and season closer, along with several other races including the POWERade Drag Racing Series circuit and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA finals.
  5. The city is named after the ancient Roman goddess of fruit, Pomona.
Notable Natives
  • Jessica Alba - actress
  • Mark McGwire - MLB player
  • Daniel Keys Moran - computer programmer and science fiction writer
  • Suga Free - American rapper
  • "Sugar" Shane Mosley - boxer
  • Rozz Williams - father of Deathrock
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Pomona
  • Fox Theater
  • Glass House
  • LA County Fair
  • Pomona Arts Colony
  • Pomona Raceway
Shopping Centers
  • Brea Mall
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills
  • Westfield Eastland
  • Westfield West Covina
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters Covina 30
1414 N. Azusa Ave.
(626) 974-8600
Movie Theaters
Brea Stadium Cinema
155 W. Birch St.
(714) 672-1000
Movie Theaters
Edward's La Verne Stadium 12
1950 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne
(909) 392-4894
Movie Theaters
Globe Theaters
2751 S. Diamond Bar Blvd.
Diamond Bar
(909) 595-8787
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theater
3070 Chino Hills Pkwy.
Chino Hills
(909) 627-8010
Movie Theaters
Krikorian Premiere Theaters
3750 Grand Ave.
(909) 628-1500
Movie Theaters
Ontario Mountain Village14
1575 Mountain Ave.
(909) 460-6510
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: MLB
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 30 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 127 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 127 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 46% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 126 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 126 responses

  • 34% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% Totally.


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