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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are plenty of diversity on campus and all is welcome to the school. It doesn't matter who or what a person is, because he or she will be accepted within a group of people on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: we've been ranked as a campus with the most diversity for many years

its pretty apparent how diverse we are, ethnically, financially, everything

4 College Student

Diversity: Skin colors of all types. Preferences of all types. Opinions of how things should are everywhere. Very diverse and tolerant, but not always outgoing to integrate.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity of the students is pretty evident. The majority of the campus is accepting and the cultural centers are encouraging and accepting & make themselves very available to EVERYONE on campus.

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5 College Student

Diversity: Lots of Asians, but otherwise very diverse

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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
3%
Asian
25%
Hispanic
35%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
23%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
1%
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
41%
Male Faculty
59%
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 97 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 141 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 38% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 143 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 84 responses

  • 5% Republican
  • 45% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 70% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 28% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 97 responses

  • 67% Very accepting.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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