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Cal Poly Pomona A Brief History and Facts

Located in a literal land of diversity, Cal Poly Pomona’s prime spot allows for proximate sojourns to beaches, deserts, mountains and popular Southern California attractions, with its climate of 285 mostly sunny days a year and temperatures rarely above 90 degrees or below 30 degrees.

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. After several decades of expansion, addition of new buildings, and increases in national rankings, Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks among the best universities in the country for great value, well-paid graduates, rich diversity and exemplary programs.

In 2011, Cal Poly Pomona tied for sixth place in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of public universities granting non-doctorate degrees in the West. Also in 2011, Hispanic Business magazine ranked the College of Engineering eighth in the nation, and first among the CSUs, in attracting Hispanic post graduate students and helping them succeed academically. In 2012, Princeton Review listed Cal Poly Pomona among the best and praised the university’s learn-by-doing philosophy and abundance of career opportunities after graduation. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cal Poly Pomona among the best public universities in the West for the university’s hands-on model approach to education. In addition, the university's College of Engineering was ranked 22nd nationally among non-doctorate-granting institutions and second among public universities in the west from U.S. News & World Report. The college produces one of every 14 engineering graduates in California. In 2014, Cal Poly Pomona was also ranked ninth-best engineering graduate school for diversity practices by an online publisher, HispanicBusiness. Cal Poly Pomona’s programs were noted in the November 2014 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine for being highly diverse; the hospitality management program was ranked fourth, the engineering and agriculture programs were ranked fifth and the business administration program was ranked ninth.

According to a social mobility index, Cal Poly Pomona ranked fourth in the nation for helping students from low-income backgrounds find financial security after graduating.

In 2015, Cal Poly Pomona tied for fourth place, once again on U. S. News top public schools among the regional universities in the West for 2015. According to CollegeChoice.net, Cal Poly Pomona was 18th of 50 schools in the Western Regional Universities rankings. In addition, Cal Poly Pomona made the 2015 list of the nation’s top 250 colleges for affordability, future earnings potential of students and its high-quality campus. The student body is roughly one-third Latino, one-quarter Asian and three percent black. Cal Poly has also been named a Hispanic Serving Institute.

Continuing its quest for quality education in other disciplines, Cal Poly Pomona is one of two California State Universities with the honor of being designated by the National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for the third time. Cal Poly Pomona has quickly become a leader in cybersecurity education, earning respect of government officials, industry leaders and national news media. So honored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency for covering academic years 2014-2021.

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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