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CPP Receives Record Number of First-Year Student Applications

a family at Bronco Bound take a picture with a Billy Bronco cutout.

Cal Poly Pomona received a record 51,022 applications from students wanting to enroll as first-time freshmen for fall 2024, a more than 10 percent increase over 2023.

Combining both aspiring first-year and transfer student applications brings the total to 64,323 students hoping to join the Bronco community, within half a percent of the combined all time high.  The 13,301 transfer applications marked a seven percent increase over the prior year.

“The big story here,” says Jessica Wagoner, “is the high demand for our amazing, diverse programs; hands-on learning opportunities; and the university’s industry connections.

“We are also incredibly accessible. We admitted almost 75 percent of first-year applicants and have put together the most financial aid packages ever despite the problems besetting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).”

With students unable to access the FAFSA and on-going technical difficulties with the FAFSA process, Cal Poly Pomona extended its application deadline to June 1 and held numerous financial aid workshops to help students and families complete the FAFSA. Provisional financial aid offers were sent in April to help students make their college decisions, with official financial aid offers sent in late June after CPP received corrected information.

Currently 5,525 first-year students have submitted their intent to enroll for Fall 2024.