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Well Ranked

A Portrait of Success

When it comes to quality education, affordability and career prospects for graduates, Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks among the best universities in the country. Each ranking category is a snapshot of achievement, but taken collectively, these snapshots provide a picture of a diverse, learn-by-doing university whose students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in a dynamic, evolving work environment.

    • Top Public University

      • Cal Poly Pomona makes a strong showing in "U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2017," again ranking as one of the top colleges and universities in the Western United States.

      • U.S. News & World Report ranks Cal Poly Pomona among the "Best Colleges 2016," citing the university's hands-on model of education that gives students "many opportunities to learn by doing outside of the classroom." Cal Poly Pomona is also listed among the best in the Princeton Review, with students praising the university's learn-by-doing approach and the abundance of career opportunities after graduation.
    • Great Value

      • Around Southern California, it's no secret that Cal Poly Pomona, with its relatively low tuition and high-quality course offerings, is a great value. For that, the university has now been included in Money Magazine's Best Colleges for Your Money rankings.

      • The GoodCall 2016 Best Schools for Scholarships Report ranks Cal Poly Pomona as No.88 among public colleges and universities across the nation for awarding scholarships and fellowships. 

      • Cal Poly Pomona does an excellent job of helping students from low-income backgrounds find financial security after graduating, according to a social-mobility index that ranked the university fourth in the nation.
      • The Daily Beast included Cal Poly Pomona in its 2015 list of the nation’s top 250 colleges, citing the university’s affordability, the future earnings potential of its students, and the its high-quality campus.

      • Cal Poly Pomona provides access, affordability and student success -- a trifecta that few universities can effectively deliver. In fact, the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute assessed 1,700 four-year colleges and named only 19 schools, including Cal Poly Pomona.

      • puts the campus at No. 15 on “California’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges," a positive reflection of the low cost, academic excellence, graduation rate and loan default rate.

    • Well-Paid Graduates

    • White House College Scorecard

      • The White House's College Scorecard recognizes Cal Poly Pomona for its cost of attendance, graduation rate and average salary of graduates.
        • Our annual average cost is $12,135, lower than the national average of $16,789.

        • Our six-year graduation rate is 52 percent, higher than the national average of 44 percent.

        • Ten years after graduating, our alumni earn an average of $52,000 annually, much higher than the national figure of $34,343.

    • Richly Diverse
      • Several of Cal Poly Pomona’s programs were noted for being highly diverse in research conducted by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The university’s undergraduate architecture program was ranked first in the nation for awarding degrees to minorities. The hospitality management program was ranked fourth, the engineering and agriculture programs were ranked fifth, and the business administration program was ranked ninth.

      • Cal Poly Pomona has made significant strides at improving academic success among its black students, according to a newly released study that ranks the university as one of the best in the nation when it comes to serving African Americans.
    • Exemplary Programs

      • The College of Environmental Design’s landscape architecture program is rated the third best in the nation by The Best Colleges.

      • The Department of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design has made the DesignIntelligence list of the Top 20 architecture schools in the country for the third year in a row.
      • The Collins College of Hospitality Management is consistently ranked the best hospitality management program on the West Coast and among the best in the nation. The college also boasts one of the top graduate programs in hospitality and tourism.

      • The Department of Apparel, Merchandising & Management is one of the top rated public university programs in California. It ranked No. 12 nationally for fashion management and No. 4 in the West for fashion merchandising, according to In addition, the AMM program is one of only 12 nationwide endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the national trade association for the apparel business.
      • The university’s attention to sustainability and its commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030, have earned it a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the premier organization for advancing sustainability on college campuses. The Princeton Review lists the campus in its "Guide to Green Colleges,” and the Sierra Club also named the university in its Cool Schools list.