About Cal Poly Pomona

A Diverse Community

Cal Poly Pomona benefits from a richly diverse community reflective of the greater Los Angeles area. Our student body is roughly one-third Latino, one-quarter Asian and 3 percent Black. The university also has a healthy percentage of out-of-state and international students. U.S News noted Cal Poly Pomona was eighth most diverse among regional universities in the West and tenth most diverse in the nation. Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Poly Pomona is in the top 25 colleges awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics. Hispanic Business magazine also lauded the university's ability to help Hispanic postgraduate students succeed.

A diverse campus community benefits everyone. More experiences with diverse groups of people helps set our graduates apart because they are:

  • More worldly. With more experiences with diverse perspectives, our students have a capacity for viewing issues from multiple perspectives, angles, and vantage points. By attending Cal Poly Pomona, students can learn about and explore the world without leaving home.
  • More socially developed and knowledgeable. Their interactions with a variety of people from different cultures and socioeconomic groups widens their social circles and broadens their understanding. It also expands our graduates' knowledge base and experiences.
  • More prepared for career success. With so many enriching cultural experiences, our graduates are prepared to work in an increasingly global society. Our nation has never been more diverse and our graduates know how to succeed in that environment.

Cal Poly Pomona Receives First-Gen Forward Designation for Commitment to Student Success

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and The Suder Foundation, recently announced the 2021-22 First-Gen Forward cohort, which included Cal Poly Pomona. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

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