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Applying for Admission

Applying as a Freshman

Explore and choose a major to declare on the application

Freshman applicants may either select a specific major or apply as undeclared. Since the major you select will affect the way you are considered for admission, we suggest that you review the majors offered at Cal Poly Pomona and pay careful attention to the courses required to earn a degree. Check out the University Catalog for this information.

Apply online by the deadline

Applicants must apply during the CSU initial filing period (October 1 – November 30 for fall admission). Refer to current application deadlines to see whether Cal Poly Pomona is open to applications for a specific term and to view the deadline to apply. To apply, visit CSUMentor. Once your application is submitted, we will send you an email notification to acknowledge we received it.

Apply online!

Cal Poly Pomona makes admission decisions based on self-reported information from the application!
It is extremely important that coursework including grades and test scores are entered accurately and completely. Admitted students who intend to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona will be required to submit an official transcript to verify eligibility and high school graduation. Admission decisions may be withdrawn for students who misreport academic information or who have not met terms of the admission offer.

Submit SAT or ACT test scores

To be considered for admission, you must take the SAT I or ACT, preferably by the end of October but no later than December. You must request that your score results be sent directly to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) from the testing agency.

  • For the SAT, use the institution code of 4082 if you are only applying to Cal Poly Pomona. If you are also applying to other CSU campuses, use the CSUMentor institution code of 3594 so any CSU campus can retrieve your score.
  • For the ACT, use the Cal Poly Pomona institution code of  0202. If you have already listed a different CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager on CSUMentor to release your scores to Cal Poly Pomona.

For more information on these tests, check out the College Board or ACT websites.

Submit transcripts or other documents only when requested

If your application information is complete, we may have sufficient information to determine your eligibility for admission. Once we review your application we will send you an email with instructions and a deadline should we need any additional documents including transcripts. Please do not send your high school transcript before your graduation unless we request it.

Additional documents may be required in certain circumstances:

  • To determine California residency, some students may be required to submit additional documents. For additional information regarding the establishment of California residency for educational purposes, visit the residency information page.
  • Veterans of the U.S. armed forces should submit discharge papers (Form DD 214). This should include descriptions of the types of training you received while in the service. Such training, in some cases, may count as credit transferable to Cal Poly Pomona. Veterans and active-duty military personnel should must include any military transcripts (such as AARTS and SMART) displaying additional course work that may be transferable to Cal Poly Pomona.

Pay the application fee

Your application, whether paper or electronic, and a $55 filing fee (or fee waiver request) must be submitted by the application deadline. Instructions for payment can be found on