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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors that I have experienced were a range from average to amazing. It really depends on what class is taken. The curriculum is average compared to other schools, but are varied and welcomed to be explored. The registration process is easy and simple while the workload depends on the individual student. Overall, the academics of Cal Poly Pomona that I have experienced is wonderful.

5 College Freshman

Academics: our professors are experienced, accessible and approachable

5 College Student

Academics: The best thing about this school

3 College Freshman

Academics: It can be hard adjusting to quarter system. However, I think the quarter system allows you to grow and think on your feet more.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The hands on learning is a great approach to learning. I know that all the teachers care about our health, safety and future.

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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
28:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
515
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
508
Total FT Faculty
515
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,527
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Part-Time Retention Rate
68%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
51%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 www.gradecalpoly.com.
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 173 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 105 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 104 responses

  • 14% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 24% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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