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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.


  • U.S. News ranked Cal Poly Pomona No. 4 among public universities in the West on its “Best Colleges 2018” list and No. 28 among all regional universities in the West. The university also tied at No. 8 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” among all regional universities in the West.

  • In Money Magazine’s 2019 ranking of “The Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value” by quality, affordability and alumni success, Cal Poly Pomona rose to No. 41, up six places from a year ago. In Money’s “Most Transformative Colleges List” for 2019, which was based on the magazine’s “value-added scores for graduation rates, earnings and student loan repayment,” Cal Poly Pomona was ranked No. 14.

  • 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.
  • 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. 59 among the 300 schools that made the list.
  • 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.

  • Money Magazine listed Cal Poly Pomona at No. 25 nationally among the 2019 “Best Colleges for Transfer Students.” The outlet started with educational quality, affordability, and alumni success then looked at four and six-year graduation rates as well as the share of transfer students on campus.

  • Cal Poly Pomona is among the nation’s leaders for first-year student retention in schools with acceptance rates above 50 percent, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university ranked No. 30, with 89 percent of Pomona’s first-year, full-time, undergraduate students in fall 2015 returning to campus for the 2016-2017 academic year

Program Recognition

  • The American Physics Society found that Cal Poly Pomona is among the best in helping students to earn their Bachelor degrees in physics. The university tied for fifth, with the U.S. Naval Academy in the number of degrees awarded from 2015-2017. Cal Poly Pomona also came in second, just behind Morehouse College, in physics degrees to under-represented minority (URM) students.

  • U.S News ranked the Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering No. 11 among the nation’s engineering programs where a doctorate was not offered and No. 3 in the state among engineering programs where a doctorate is not offered, and No. 5 in the nation in civil engineering, computer engineering and electrical/electronic/communications engineering. The American Society of Engineering Education ranked the College of Engineering No. 19 for percentage of women faculty.

  • 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 2019 by Animation Career Review. The graphic design program was ranked at No. 9.

  • 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.

  • Money Magazine named Cal Poly Pomona a “2018 Best College for Business Majors.” The university is No. 35 on the list based on estimated price with and without financial aid. The website listed Cal Poly Pomona’s MBA program No. 50 among the nation’s “Most Affordable MBA programs,” on list of 50.


  • Hispanic Outlook on 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
  • Hispanic Outlook on Education ranked Cal Poly Pomona No. 6 on its list of the “Top 25 Engineering Schools for Hispanics” based on the number of Hispanic students in the major in fall 2016. At that time, 1,685 of the university’s 5,014 engineering majors were Hispanic.
  • Campus Pride includes Cal Poly Pomona on its “National Listing of LQBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” The campus earned four stars for both LGBTQ student life and campus safety.
  • The American Indian Science and Engineering Society has named Cal Poly Pomona one of “the Top 200 Colleges for Indigenous Students” based on “the Native community and the support system, from admissions through graduation,” in its 2018-19 Special College issue of Winds of Change.