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4 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: college provides variety of options for entertainment, but most students commute so number of people on campus is limited.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are many areas to hang out at and study

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are great. Friends from other csu campuses tell me about how horrible their facilites are but i honetly cant complain about the ones at cpp.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The greatest place on campus to do some series cramming is in the library and computer lab.


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Over the last year, CPP has made many renovations to its campus and is still continuing to do so. Most recently, Cal Poly finished the $58.5 million expansion and renovation of the University Library. Our library now holds 2.4 million books, microfilms, maps, and some 3,000 periodicals and 2,800 online journals and databases. It features a two-story Grand Reading Room, a Learning Commons, a Productivity Center, and 43 Group Study Rooms. Additionally, the bottom floor contains state-of-the-art classrooms and lecture halls, a Special Events Room, a 24-hour lab, and a Starbucks! All of these additions have made the library much more useful, as well as a more popular place for studying.

This renovation came right after Cal Poly updated the engineering laboratories (building 17) and the biotechnology building (building 4). CPP also added to the Japanese Garden, making it more beautiful than ever. The Bronco Student Center was also recently revamped, with a two-story Fitness Center, a study lounge, and a game room. Currently, Cal Poly is in the process of updating Building 3, as well as building three additional Residential Suites with different apartment floor plans from the other Suites. Cal Poly plans to unveil the new Suites in Fall 2010. The rest of the buildings are just regular buildings, filled with classrooms, labs, and in some cases (such as Building 1), study areas.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,438 acres
Student Centers
Bronco Student Center (BSC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
University Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • BSC
  • Library
  • Marketplace
  • Pancakes
  • Starbucks
  • University Park
  • University Quad
Bar on Campus
None, but alcohol is served at Round Table Pizza and the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.
Bowling on Campus
A small, two-lane bowling alley was recently installed in Games Room Etc., located in the Bronco Student Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • International Grounds in the Campus Center Marketplace
  • Peet's Coffee in the Bronco Student Center
  • Starbucks, at the Library
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there are various blockbusters, documentaries, and other film series shown, compliments of ASI's BEAT.
"Green" Initiatives
There are more recycle bins on campus then there are trash cans! Throughout Cal Poly, you will see bins marked "Recycle," or larger bins separated by "Paper," "Plastic," or "Aluminum." CPP is definitely a supporter of the GO GREEN movement!
School Slang
  • AGRIscapes: Located across Temple Avenue, it has the Farm Store and Kellogg Ranch along with crops growing all around.
  • Bronco Access Card: Cal Poly student ID card.
  • Bronco Buck$: Money that is put on Bronco Access Cards that can be used at campus businesses.
  • Bronco Fitness Center (BFC): Full-fledged, two-story gym with free weights, machines, cardio, classes and personal trainers. Located in the BSC (Bldg. 35) and available to all students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
  • Bronco ID Number: Each student's personal identification number, used on BroncoDirect and official documents.
  • BroncoDirect: The online system used to register for classes and other academic-related services.
  • BSC: The Bronco Student Center. It is a large building containing dining facilities, conference rooms, and offices. It is also sometimes referred to as "The New Union."
  • The Cave: Computer lab under the Marketplace and next to the Career Center.
  • CLA (Classroom/Laboratory/Administration): Also known as "that big pointy building." Home to classrooms, labs, admissions, financial aid, the registrar's office, and the Multimedia Design Center.
  • CPP: Shorter version of Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Farm Store: Across the street from campus, on the corner of Temple and South Campus. Carries food grown by Cal Poly Pomona.
  • Grad Check: Can be requested by a student when they have less than 10 classes left to complete. This check shows how many classes the student has left to take before graduation.
  • GWT (Graduation Writing Test): A test that all students must take before graduation to demonstrate their writing competence.
  • The Hill: The hill students have to hike up to get to buildings 2, 3, 4, and 7.
  • Hold: A restriction that can be placed on a student's account and can keep the student from registering for classes or following through with other actions. Students can look for holds on BroncoDirect before registering and can clear them before it poses a problem.
  • IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education): A series of eight classes taken to explore different disciplines of different cultures; usually taken by architecture, engineering, and liberal arts majors.
  • I-Poly (International Polytechnic High School): High school located on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.
  • Office of Student Life (OSL): Place where all the mailboxes are for clubs and organizations. Go here for any information on how to get involved, to charter a club, reserve a space on campus, and more. Located in University Plaza (old horse stables), across from the BSC.
  • Old Horse Stables: Also known as University Plaza or Union Plaza (Bldg. 26). OSL, Judicial Affairs, Stop Violence Office, and other resources.
  • Pancakes: Concrete circular stage with steps on the sides in the Quad. So named because they literally look like concrete pancakes.
  • Plug: Name of the cow the Agriculture students use to view inside a cow's stomach. Obviously, Plug has a large plug on its stomach.
  • Poly Post: The University newspaper.
  • Quad: Grassy area in the middle of Buildings 5, 6, 8, 94, and the Marketplace.
  • Rideshare: Carpool program that gives students closer parking spots in selected areas. Requirement is that each car has a minimum of two students in it, and a valid parking pass.
  • University Hour (U-Hour): On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., when no classes are held. Usually campus activities are held at U-Hour, to gain the most student participation.
  • Arabian Horse Shows: On the first Sunday of each month (October through May) during the school year, the horse shows are held to show off W.K. Kellogg's Arabian horses. This has been a tradition since the horses were first introduced to the campus in 1949.
  • Bronco Fusion: An event held usually before the day that school begins in fall quarter. The event is put on by various on-campus organizations and helps new students get acquainted with the campus and provides food and entertainment. Bronco Fusion also features live musical acts, such as the performance by the Plain White T's in 2006.
  • Cal Poly Rose Float (Club): Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo work together each year to construct a float for the yearly Pasadena Rose Parade. The tradition first began in 1949. The 1949 float was the first student-entered Rose Parade float ever.
  • Greek Week: One week during spring quarter, the sororities compete against each other, and the fraternities compete against each other, through different activities. One fraternity and one sorority are awarded a Greek Week trophy and get bragging rights for the rest of the year.
  • Hot Dog Caper: Right around every October, thousands of hot dogs are given out to students to celebrate the new school year. The event is sponsored by various organizations on campus, and live bands or local DJs usually perform.
  • Pumpkin Festival: A yearly event held since 1992, the public can attend the festival held by the Farm Store to pick their pumpkins out of the patch and participate in various activities during the month of October.
Urban Legends
  • There are burial grounds for the dead Arabian horses on campus.
  • There are twice as many guys as girls at CPP.
  • W.K. Kellogg decided to buy the property that CPP sits on today by means of flipping a coin (heads for CPP, tails for Santa Barbara).
Favorite Things To Do
Check out on-campus events, such as concerts, movies, art exhibits, and other activities offered sporadically throughout the year. In between classes, feel free to work out at the Bronco Student Center, study in a study lounge, grab a bite to eat, or get involved and attend an on-campus club meeting. Socialize during University Hour (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays when no classes are scheduled), watch DJs and bands perform in University Park or the BSC, or participate in activities held on campus sponsored by major organizations like MTV and Volkswagen.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Poly Post
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Cal Poly Pomona currently has 275 clubs and other organizations to choose from! At first this number may seem overwhelming; but considering there are almost 16,000 students that attend CPP with diverse interests, you'll start to see why there are so many clubs. The clubs and organizations at Cal Poly welcome any student to join, allowing them to expand their interests. Don't see a club you like? Cal Poly is more than happy to work with a student to start brand-new clubs on campus!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The University Library holds 2.4 million books, microfilms, maps, and some 3,000 periodicals and 2,800 online journals and databases.
  • For the new Residential Suites, three different floor plans will allow students to choose which apartment-style space will best accommodate their needs.
  • The new Residential Suites will be called Vista de las Estrellas, Vista de las Montañas, and Vista de la Luna.
  • Next up: expansion of the Vista Café.
  • Cal Poly Pomona has a vineyard and grows its own wine, bottles it, and sells it at the Farm Store.
  • Sheep often escape from their pens and wreak havoc for traffic on campus!
  • The Farm Store sells clothing that the AMM majors designed, along with fruits and vegetables grown on campus.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 102 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 24 responses

  • 18% BSC
  • 16% Dorms
  • 12% Library
  • 9% Starbucks
  • 9% University Quad
  • 7% University Park
  • 7% Marketplace
  • 5% My next next class.
  • 5% 24 Hour Computer Lab
  • 4% Fishbowl
  • 4% API Student Center
  • 2% The Bric
  • 2% Pancakes
  • 0% Cha For Tea

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% Bronco Fusion
  • 19% Hot Dog Caper
  • 12% Homecoming Week
  • 12% Pumpkin Festival
  • 7% Cal Poly Rose Float (Club)
  • 7% Greek Week
  • 5% I usually do not attend any
  • 5% Arabian Horse Shows

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 24% Eat with friends
  • 17% Go to the BSC
  • 17% Bric
  • 14% Japanese garden
  • 14% Go to the Animal Units or RoseGarden-natural beaut
  • 10% First Friday Concerts
  • 5% Ultimate Frisbee
  • 0% I go to my horses off campus for my hobby.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 23% Bookstore
  • 23% Intern/Research Assistant
  • 19% Tour Guide
  • 15% Starbucks
  • 12% Housing Office
  • 4% Carl's jr
  • 4% Work off campus

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 60% Carl's Jr.
  • 27% I don't work
  • 7% Resident Advisor
  • 7% Denny's
  • 0% Tutor
  • 0% Work off campus

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 54% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 31% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 113 responses

  • 35% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 50% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 4% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 89 responses

  • 19% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 17% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 79% Mr. Kellogs dead horse in the rose garden
  • 21% Ghost of Mrs. Kellogg


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