Cal Poly Pomona

History and Facts

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

History and Facts

Located in a literal land of diversity, Cal Poly Pomona’s prime spot allows for proximate sojourns to beaches, deserts and mountains, with its climate of 285 mostly sunny days a year and temperatures rarely above 90 degrees or below freezing.

Once the winter home and Arabian Horse ranch of the famed breakfast cereal magnate, the university site was originally known as the W.K. Kellogg Institute of Animal Husbandry. Influenced by academia’s vision of offering a curriculum covering all phases of agriculture, husbandry and horticulture, W. K. Kellogg deeded the ranch to the university, with the proviso that the school maintain the Arabians.

In the fall of 1938, the institute opened as an all-male polytechnic school of 110 students. In 1961 women were first admitted to the campus. Today Cal Poly Pomona ranks fourth in diversity among all private and public schools in the West Region (15 states).

After expanding, adding new buildings, and climbing national rankings, attributable to programs in hospitality management, architecture and engineering, Cal Poly Pomona reached third in the country.

The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is the largest and oldest hospitality program in California. It was established through the efforts of the innovative restaurateur/owner of Ma Maison, where Chef Wolfgang Puck's cooking became known.

The university's College of Engineering nationally ranks 14th on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Cal Poly Pomona produces one of every 14 engineering graduates in the state.

Continuing its quest for quality education in other disciplines, Cal Poly Pomona is the only California State University with the designation of National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education. So honored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency for academic years 2005-2008, the university is one of only four such institutions in the state, along with Stanford University, University of California Davis and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Cal Poly has also recently been named a Hispanic Serving Institute.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of only six polytechnic universities in the United States and champions an approach that places learning at the center of every program, course and activity.


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Last updated on: 5/10/2006