Cal Poly Pomona students pose by the mural.
About Cal Poly Pomona

Well Ranked

A Portrait of Success

 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.


  • Cal Poly Pomona was named to Money Magazine's 2018 list of "The 50 Best Colleges in the U.S." for quality and affordability. The university was ranked No. 47, a dramatic rise from its No. 124 position last year.

  • PayScale names Cal Poly Pomona one of the nation's "Best Value Colleges" in its 2018 College ROI Report. The university is ranked No. 96 nationally based on in-state tuition, moving up from No. 124 in 2017.

  • Forbes' third annual America's Best Value College list ranks Cal Poly Pomona among the best in the nation for a student's return on investment. The university was No. 66 anong the 300 schools that made the list.

  • U.S News ranked Cal Poly Pomona No. 4 among public universities in the West on its “Best Colleges 2018” list and No. 31 among all regional universities in the West.

  • Cal Poly Pomona ranked No. 3 in the nation among the universities that help low income students find financial success, according to the “2018 Social Mobility Index.” The university is one of only five that has ranked in the ranking’s top 20 for five consecutive years.

Program Recognition

  • Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering was ranked No. 7 as a 2018 national "Best Value in Engineering" by based on net price, early career pay, number of accredited programs and number on STEM majors.

  • Cal Poly Pomona’s undergraduate landscape architecture program was ranked No. 10 in the nation by “DesignIntelligence Quarterly” in their 2017-18 list of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools moving up one spot. The graduate landscape architecture program was at No. 11, advancing three places.

  • Cal Poly Pomona has been recognized among the “Top 10 Graphic Design Schools and Colleges in California” in 2018 by Animation Career Review. The graphic design program was ranked at No. 9.

  • Collins College of Hospitality Management is ranked 32nd best hospitality & hotel management school in the world by CEO World Magazine.

  • U.S News ranked the Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering No. 14 among the nation’s engineering programs where a doctorate was not offered and No. 4 among civil engineering programs (without doctorates) nationally. The American Society of Engineering Education ranked the College of Engineering No. 19 for percentage of women faculty.

  • The 2018 DesignIntelligence rankings list the Department of Architecture No. 12 among undergraduate architecture programs in the U.S. and No. 8 among masters programs of interior architecture. The department’s programs in engineering materials, healthy built environments and practice management were each ranked No. 5. Construction materials and methods was No. 6, and Project Planning and Management was No. 7.

  • The website listed Cal Poly Pomona’s MBA program No. 50 among the nation’s “Most Affordable MBA programs,” on list of 50. The ranking is “designed to find the best and most affordable MBA programs.


  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education has named Cal Poly Pomona to its “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics: 2017” list. 
    • 22 for the most bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students in 2015
    • 4 for the number of Hispanic students receiving Bachelor’s degree with their first major as architecture
    • 5 for those graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture
    • 7 for those graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering

  • Cal Poly Pomona is No. 25 for total minority Bachelor’s degrees awarded in all disciplines according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education (based on 2016-17 data).
    • No.1 in Architecture and Related Services
    • No. 3 in Hospitality Administration/Management
    • No 5. Engineering Technologies and Engineering Related Fields
    • No. 5 Business Administration Management and Operations
    • No. 6 Engineering
    • No. 9 Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Science
    • No. 11 Physical Sciences
    • No. 16 Mathematics and Statistics
    • No. 23 Philosophy and Religious Studies
    • No. 24 Family & Consumer Science/Human Science
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked Cal Poly Pomona No. 18 in the nation for Bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students in all disciplines (based on 2016-17 data). In their expanded online listing for “The Top of Hispanic Graduates,” the university was:
    • No 1 Bachelor’s in architecture and related services
    • No. 3 in business administration, management and operations
    • No. 5 in engineering technologies and related fields
    • No. 7 in mathematics and statistics
    • No. 8 in agriculture
    • No. 8 in engineering
    • No. 11 in physical sciences 
    • No. 6 in awarding master’s degrees in math and statistics to Hispanic students