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Cal Poly Pomona Remains the No. 1 Polytechnic University in Social Mobility

Students celebrate during the 2023 Engineering commencement ceremonies.

Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 on the 2023 Social Mobility Index (SMI), cementing a 10-year streak as the nation's highest-ranking polytechnic university for helping low-income students achieve their dreams of success and upward economic opportunity by graduating them into well-paying careers. The university is one of the few institutions consistently in the Top 20 since CollegeNET began publishing the SMI in 2014.

The SMI is calculated from six variables: tuition cost; graduation rate; percentage of students whose incomes are below $48,000; median salary five years after graduation; endowment; and "ethos" - a new metric measuring how schools' messaging and communications teach faculty, students and the public about their institution's attention to advancing social mobility. Nearly 12,000 U.S. universities and colleges are on the 2023 list.

According to CollegeNET, the median early career salary of Cal Poly Pomona alumni is $54,000.

Cal Poly Pomona has approximately 27,000 students, 57 percent of whom are the first in their families to attend college. About 70 percent received financial aid through grants, loans, federal work study and scholarships.

Cal Poly Pomona's SMI ranking caps off a year of recognition for its leadership in social mobility, teaching innovation and best value.