College of the Extended University

About Us

About us


Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI) is to provide exemplary instruction for students with diverse cultural backgrounds and linguistic ability in English with exposure to American culture that advances academic, professional, and personal goals. 

About Us

We are proud to have a long history dedicated to preparing students to reach their goals since 1991. Having served a wide diversity of students since our founding, we believe our success comes from the dedication, experience, and professional expertise of our teachers and staff. 

At CPELI, we focus on providing the best educational experience for students through intensive language instruction, personalized student support, enriching activities, and cross-cultural events. Students receive instruction from highly qualified teachers at the top of their field who tailor lessons to students' learning needs, as well as provide remedial help when needed for students to attain satisfactory language proficiency.

Students who complete level 5 receive a certificate of completion that can be used in place of a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply to Cal Poly Pomona (undergraduate programs only). Students also benefit from an additional course to prepare them to take the TOEFL and IELTS tests.

No matter what a student's goals are  - whether improving their English, preparing for university study, experiencing American culture and life, participating in university campus life, meeting new friends from different countries - CPELI strives to help students meet these goals, all while enjoying the journey with our students along the way.


To learn more about our program, visit English Language Programs.

 If you would like to apply to our program, visit Apply Now.



Administrative Staff

Deborah Detzel


Sarah Moussavi

Program Administrator

Ainos Ting
Operations & Student Services Coordinator
Brockton Brenneman
Student Services Specialist


Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI)
3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 86
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-4814


College of the Extended University
3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg. 220C
Pomona CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-2288
Toll-free Phone: (877) 398-8648

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The English Language Institute (CPELI) at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period of April 2014 through April 2019 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. CPELI is a department within the College of the Extended University. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA at 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314 or at (703)665-3400. You can also visit their website at

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