First Year

First Year Residential Requirement

  1. Am I required to live on campus?

  2. What are the benefits of living on campus?

  3. Will there be housing opportunities for local students?

  4. What does it cost to live on campus?

  5. Why has Cal Poly Pomona traditionally required students from outside the local area to apply for on-campus housing?

 

Am I required to live on campus?

No, there is not a housing requirement for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

At this point, it is unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact our operations in student housing and residential life during the 2020-21 Academic Year. University Housing Services (UHS) will work with state/local authorities and Department of Health to adapt our Fall 2020 room configurations and community guidelines.

Due to the uncertainty and likely limited occupancy, Cal Poly Pomona will be suspending the Freshmen Housing Application requirement for the 2020-2021 Academic Year for ALL first-year students. UHS will remove all applicable holds and check lists items from affected students accounts. Students that have already applied have until the first day of school (August 20, 2020) to cancel their application without any financial penalty.

UHS will be communicating with students as information becomes available and plans for the academic year are finalized. Students that wish to apply and live on campus may complete the housing application. 

 

What are the benefits of living on campus?
Current and past residents will testify that living on campus makes adjusting to college life easier. Residents make life-long friends, have easy access to campus resources and have opportunities to participate in a wide range of academic, educational and recreational activities.  Research shows that living on campus, particularly the first year, has been tied to greater student success, including social development, higher retention rates, elevated graduation rates, increased overall satisfaction with the college experience and stronger educational aspirations from the residents (Astin, 1991, 1993). 

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Will there be housing opportunities for local students?

Housing opportunities are open to all students. With the addition of the new Residential Suites in Fall 2010, and the two new 8 – story modern residence halls opened in 2020 there are over 2,700 spaces to offer. Priority is always given to those who wish to or need to live on campus.  

At this point, it is unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact our operations in student housing and residential life during the 2020-21 Academic Year. University Housing Services (UHS) will work with state/local authorities and Department of Health to adapt our Fall 2020 room configurations and community guidelines.  This may reduce the number of available beds and limit occupancy.

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What does it cost to live on campus?
The cost of housing includes room and board fees and is based on the assigned community, room type and meal plan chosen. For 2020-2021, for example, a double room in the traditional residence halls with a 140 meal plan (140 meals per semester) is around $7670 per semester (two semesters per academic year).

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Why has Cal Poly Pomona traditionally required students from outside the local area to apply for on-campus housing?
There were several considerations taken in making this decision. In developing the campus’ master plan, the campus expressed the support for and interest in developing a residential campus. More recently, the campus has been charged with increasing the six-year graduation rate of our students. As studies have supported, students who live on campus are more likely to have a higher grade point average, take less time to earn a degree and overall are more satisfied with their college experience. Despite the current economic challenges and the ensuing impact on campus, the University remains committed to student success.  These factors were the driving force behind the decision to require on campus housing for the first year of college.