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Well Ranked

A Portrait of Success

three students discussing When it comes to quality education, affordability and career prospects for graduates, Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks among the best universities in the country. Each ranking category is a snapshot of achievement, but taken collectively, these snapshots provide a picture of a diverse, learn-by-doing university whose students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in a dynamic, evolving work environment.

  • Great Value

    • Cal Poly Pomona does an excellent job of helping students from low-income backgrounds find financial security after graduating, according to a social-mobility index that ranked the university fourth in the nation.
    • The Daily Beast included Cal Poly Pomona in its 2015 list of the nation’s top 250 colleges, citing the university’s affordability, the future earnings potential of its students, and the its high-quality campus.

    • Cal Poly Pomona provides access, affordability and student success -- a trifecta that few universities can effectively deliver. In fact, the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute assessed 1,700 four-year colleges and named only 19 schools, including Cal Poly Pomona.

    • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine calls Cal Poly Pomona one of the best values in higher education among universities that blend excellence and affordability. The magazine cites Cal Poly Pomona’s low average student debt, four-year graduation rate and the amount of financial aid available to students.

    • puts the campus at No. 15 on “California’s Biggest Bang for Your Buck Colleges," a positive reflection of the low cost, academic excellence, graduation rate and loan default rate.

  • Well-Paid Graduates
    Cal Poly Pomona is one of the best universities in Southern California in return on investment, topping UCLA and USC, according to

  • Top Public University
    U.S. News & World Report ranks Cal Poly Pomona among the best public universities in the West, citing the university’s hands-on model of education that gives students “many opportunities to learn by doing outside of the classroom.” Cal Poly Pomona is also listed among the best in the Princeton Review, with students praising the university's learn-by-doing approach and the abundance of career opportunities after graduation.

  • Richly Diverse

    • Cal Poly Pomona’s student body is roughly one-third Latino, one-quarter Asian and 3 percent black. U.S News noted the university 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.

    • Several of Cal Poly Pomona’s programs were noted for being highly diverse in research conducted by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The university’s undergraduate architecture program was ranked first in the nation for awarding degrees to minorities. The hospitality management program was ranked fourth, the engineering and agriculture programs were ranked fifth, and the business administration program was ranked ninth.

  • Exemplary Programs

    • DesignIntelligence, a leading journal of architecture and design, ranks Cal Poly Pomona’s undergraduate architecture programs fifth in the West and 18th nationally. Additionally, the journal ranks the program 10th nationally for construction methods and materials.

    • The Princeton Review recognizes the College of Business Administration’s graduate programs as among the best in the country. The college's cybersecurity program was recently named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

    • The College of Engineering is ranked among the finest non-doctorate-granting institutions in the nation, with the civil engineering department ranked sixth best. The college produces one of every 14 engineers in California.

    • The College of Environmental Design’s landscape architecture program is rated the third best in the nation by The Best Colleges.

    • The Collins College of Hospitality Management is consistently ranked the best hospitality management program on the West Coast and among the best in the nation. The college also boasts one of the top graduate programs in hospitality and tourism.

    • The Department of Apparel, Merchandising & Management is one of the top rated public university programs in California. It ranked No. 12 nationally for fashion management and No. 4 in the West for fashion merchandising, according to In addition, the AMM program is one of only 12 nationwide endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the national trade association for the apparel business.
    • The university’s attention to sustainability and its commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030, have earned it a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the premier organization for advancing sustainability on college campuses. The Princeton Review lists the campus in its "Guide to Green Colleges,” and the Sierra Club also named the university in its Cool Schools list.