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Freshmen Requirement

First-Year Student Residential Requirement

All first-time freshmen who graduated from a high school, not included in the list below, are required to do one of the following to be eligible to enroll for classes.

  1. Complete a housing application (student housing license agreement) and pay the initial housing fee
  2. Receive an approved exemption from the First-Year Residential Requirement. The exemption criteria and process are listed below.

To submit an application, please go to:  Submission of an application does not guarantee a student a Housing assignment. Assignments for housing will be given with priority to those that apply early.

Local area school districts

Cal Poly Pomona is committed to enhancing our students’ experiences, persistence and graduation rates. Studies consistently show that student engagement and learning occurs both in and out of the classroom (Astin, 1993). For out-of-classroom learning, the Residence Halls are one of the most important places for students to encounter and experience social and cultural development, civic engagement, citizenship and leadership (Astin, 1991). Learning outside of the classroom also occurs through participation in student organizations and involvement in recreational and educational events. Living on campus encourages engagement and provides ready access.

Azusa Unified Covina Valley
Baldwin Park Unified Glendora Unified
Bassett Unified Hacienda-La Puente Unified
Bonita Unified International Polytechnic High School*
Brea Olinda High School* Pomona Unified
Chaffey Joint Union High Rowland Unified
Charter Oak Unified Upland Unified
Chino Valley Unified Walnut Valley Unified
Claremont Unified  West Covina Unified

* High School only, not the district

Local area private schools: Bishop Amat Memorial High (Catholic), Damien High (Catholic), Don Bosco Technical Institute (Catholic), LutheranHigh, Ontario Christian, Pomona Catholic, St. Lucy’s Priory, Webb School and Western Christian Schools

If your school district is NOT listed above, the residential requirement applies to you.


Exemptions from the residential requirement will be considered based upon the criteria listed below. You must be admitted to the university before an exemption request can be submitted. All requests must be submitted online to the University Housing Office along with supporting documentation (see below). If you are under the age of 18 requesting an exemption, you must also submit a letter from a parent or guardian indicating awareness of and consent to the exemption request to live off-campus. 

Exemption criteria

  1. 21 years of age – Students who are at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes may request an exemption. Birth certificate will be required.
  2. Current active military or veteran status – A copy of DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (if a veteran) or written proof of current active military duty is required.
  3. Married, domestically partnered, and/or with legally dependent children – Copies of the marriage certificate or certificate of registration of domestic partnership, verification of dependent child or child's birth certificate are required.
  4. Independent student status – Student must have been declared as an independent student for the past two calendar years and not claimed as a tax exemption by their parent(s) during the same period. Verification is required.
  5. Medical and disability circumstances – Exemption requests for medical or disability reasons will be forwarded to Student Health Services and/or the university’s Disability Resource Center (DRC). These offices will take action on the request and notify the University Housing Office.
  6. Financial Hardship- Student must provide documentation that there is an extreme financial hardship. Financial hardship will be considered only in cases of extreme circumstances and only after financial aid options have been exhausted.
  7. Other – Special circumstances for which living on campus would create a substantial personal hardship will be considered. Verification of the special circumstances is required. 

Exemption process

  1. Complete the exemption request form – The Exemption Request form is available on the Housing Portal home page once you have logged in. The link will take you to a new website to complete the Exemption process. 
  2. Provide Personal Statement and supporting documentation – The Exemption form asks for a detailed personal statement of your situation and for you to upload supporting documentation. 

Exemptions will be reviewed and an email will be sent to your Cal Poly email informing you where your exemption request is in the process, if you need to submit more documents, and if you have been approved or denied. Be sure to add the following email addresses to your safe list; and

Deadline to submit an Exemption Request is April 15th before the Fall Semester you will start attendance at the university.


Astin, A. (1991). Student Involvement: A developmental theory for higher education. Journal of College Student Personnel, 25, 297-308.
Astin, A. (1993). What matters in college? Four critical years revisted. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.