CPP Cost of Attendance

Estimated Supply cost (Updated annually)
Supply cost cover one-time purchases and accumulating cost per semester.
Cost for fieldtrips and travel is not factored into the calculation as they vary based on destination and course level .
Cost for undergraduate program tuition, can be found at the university Student Accounting & Cashiering Services website. Financial aid calculators are found here.
Cost for graduate program tuition are redirected here, financial aid availability here.
Housing and meal costs are located at the CalPoly Pomona Housing website.
Study abroad information can be found here.
Bachelor Of Architecture Estimated Supply cost 2023
One-time purchases:
Tools for model making (cutting mat, tools, rulers, etc.) $300
Computer & peripheral hardware (3d printer, external monitor, Harddrive, etc.) $4000
Cost per semester:
Model making $450
Printing           $150
Hardware upgrades $150
Software (incl instant access) $300
Total 5-year estimate: $14,800
Master Of Architecture Estimated Supply cost 2023
One-time purchases:
Tools for model making (cutting mat, Dremel, rulers, etc.) $300
Computer & peripheral hardware (external monitor, Harddrive)  $3000
Cost per semester:
Model making $450
Printing           $150
Software (incl instant access) $300
Total 3-year estimate: $8,700

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, the CSU must reserve the right, even after initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Tuition and fees are paid directly to Cal Poly Pomona but are only a part of a student’s education costs.  The overall Cost of Attendance is broadly defined as the average cost to attend Cal Poly Pomona for one academic year, (which consists of the Fall and Spring semesters) and includes additional expenses ranging from transportation to books and course materials.

Here’s a breakdown of the cost of attendance elements you should take into consideration after tuition and fees:

  • Food and Housing
  • Transportationbetween campus, place of residence, and place of work
  • Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Personal Expenses
  • Dependent Care Expenses (for those who have one or more dependents)
  • Direct Loan origination fees (for those who borrow a Federal Direct loan)

Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website for a full listing of cost of attendance elements, to view our current standard cost of attendance budgets, and to learn about the variety of resources that may help reduce your overall costs:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Teaching Credential students
  • Graduate students
  • Graduate students through the College of Professional and Graduate Education (CPGE)
  • Current tuition and fees by term available through Student Accounting & Cashiering Services

Computer Requirements

NOTE:  Make purchases as needed as you progress through the program. Do not buy everything in your 1st year, it will become obsolete by the time you are in your culminating project year. The graduate coordinator will provide information about specific requirements as appropriate.

Laptop Requirement

All architecture majors are required to obtain a laptop for use in the classroom/studio. The Dept. of Architecture suggests that students purchase a laptop with a fast graphics card and significant memory.  A gaming laptop from Costco often serves the needs of most students. CPP has lease-to-own programs for Dell and Apple computers.

Computer (PC or Mac Laptop)

  • 32 GB or more RAM is recommended.
  • A Powerful graphics card with onboard memory.
  • Multiple-button mouse with scroll wheel is recommended.
  • 500 GB hard drive storage.
  • Built in Network Card – for wireless campus network and Bluetooth link to personal printer and other devices.
  • 17” screen or supplementary monitor recommended.
  • Microphone and webcam – most laptops come outfitted with these.


  • USB Memory Stick 32+ GB –for mobilizing your work files.
  • External HD – for archiving work 1TB.
  • Desktop Printer – you should consider a color printer, a little more expensive but the net cost vs. paying a service bureau for color prints, after several quarters, is far less. A student can get by without buying a printer by finishing their work in time to utilize a service bureau (e.g.-Staples).
  • Drawing Tablet and StylusALT1: iPad Pro with Drawing app; ALT 2: Wacom Bamboo Capture; ALT 3: a Tablet PC meeting above specs may fulfill both laptop and tablet needs. Many students pair the use of a tablet (iPad) and a laptop to great success.

Required Software 

Additional Notes

  1. Many students use Apple PowerBooks.  Be advised that an Apple laptop’s hard drive will need to be partitioned to run both Apple and Windows applications.

  2. This Spec outlines a minimum capacity and will not necessarily allow a student to complete the required assignments for all courses offered in the ARC program. Other necessary equipment may include hardware and software for use with GPS services, 3D scanning, 3D Printing, etc. Students should also be advised that changes in computer technology are frequent and keeping pace with these changes can be expensive. Although serious thought has been given to what a student should purchase for college work, this spec list is not a guarantee that changes in technology will not make the student’s purchase less than adequate for advanced work for the full five years of the program.