California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Pomona, CA
Website
www.csupomona.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
17,837
Part-Time Undergrads
2,705
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$6,350
Out-of-State Tuition
$17,510
Room & Board
$12,582
Acceptance Rate
52 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
950–1190
Average ACT Scores
20–26

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Diversity
  • Concerts put on by ASI
  • Hands-on classes
  • Residential suites

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking spots are very difficult to find.
  • Long lines for lunch at U-Hour
  • Smells of animals on campus (cows, sheep, pigs)
  • It's a commuter campus

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

At Cal Poly Pomona, the SoCal attitude slowly spreads to those that haven’t been raised with it, creating a relaxed atmosphere on campus. Students aren’t intensely competitive here as some would be at say, USC or Berkeley, but that doesn’t mean that a large percentage of students don’t constantly push for that high GPA.

Most people are commuters who work as well as attend classes. Many students don’t expect to have a great college experience when they come to CPP because it is known as a commuter school. More often than not, people are surprised at how involved so many students are. You would be impressed to hear how many things an average Cal Poly student juggles, between work, classes, Greek life, and participating in other clubs on campus. When students take advantage of all the fun clubs and activities offered on campus, they always end up admitting how enjoyable their time in college was.

Cal Poly is a unique university, with its hands-on learning policy, widespread diversity, and large spread of majors. It’s located in an area where people from all over can commute to it conveniently enough, making the people you meet varied and always interesting. With Cal Poly, how much you put into the experience is how much you’ll get out. If you avoid joining any clubs and keep to yourself, you won’t benefit from the next four years. But if you push yourself out there, you’ll discover just how much fun attending Cal Poly Pomona can truly be.

Cal Poly Pomona Student Reviews

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't live on campus or spend much time on it aside from classes, mainly because most of my friends go to other schools, but I haven't heard any complaints about security being too lenient or too strict. They seem to be able to do their job without interfering with the lives of the student's.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: From what I heard it's great but since I'm not old enough to go to clubs and drink, I'm not really apart of that kind of scene. Plus I'm really a homebody just as my friends are so we have no real interest in 'partying' anyways.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Well Pomona isn't that far a drive from Los Angeles and there are so many things to do there, the same with the beach. Claremont village is a nice spot for college students, not just from Cal Poly. There are a lot of great restaurants and cute little shops, a lot of nice places to unwind with friends. Pasadena isn't that far either and I enjoy going to the Norton Simon Museum and visiting the shops and eateries around. There's a brilliant art supply store where a lot of Cal Poly art students can get the supplies they need.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: good support places for victims.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very nice buildings. can't wait for the BRIC

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