Frequently Asked Questions

Three Cal Poly Pomona students studying together by the Engineering Meadow

Over the last decade, Cal Poly Pomona has been committed to improving campus life and on-campus housing because of the significant impact they have on students’ academic success. Students who live on campus also experience unparalleled growth in social and cultural development, civic engagement and leadership skills.

  1. Where will the new freshmen housing community be located?
  2. Why does Cal Poly Pomona need new housing?
  3. When will the residence halls open?
  4. How many students currently live on campus?
  5. Can you build on top of the existing residence halls?
  6. How many rooms will be added to campus?
  7. How was this location chosen?
  8. How much pasture land will be used?
  9. Will the new pasture size be adequate to ensure a healthy herd?
  10. How can I learn more about this project?

1. Where will the new freshmen housing community be located?

The new residence halls will be built at the southeast corner of Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane. It will be close to the center of campus, allowing students to get to the BRIC, the Bronco Student Center and the University Library within minutes. The site is also adjacent to the pastures of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and is close to the athletics fields.

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2. Why does Cal Poly Pomona need new housing?

Cal Poly Pomona needs new housing to meet student demand. For the past two years, more than 700 students have been on the wait list for on-campus housing. New housing will help us meet some of that need and provide students with an important sense of community in the critical first year at Cal Poly Pomona. Living on a college campus increases students’ academic success and improves graduation rates.

Our current residence halls were built in the 1960s and have significant deferred maintenance issues. In addition, students today are much different than those from 50 years ago. The new housing will meet the academic, technological and social needs of future students.

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3. When will the residence halls open?

The goal is to have the first phase open in fall 2019. The project is in the very early planning stages.

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4. How many students currently live on campus?

In the last academic year, 3,700 students lived in on-campus housing. This includes about 1,600 first-year students.

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5. Can you build on top of the existing residence halls?

The current residence halls sit on a fault line, and California law prohibits new construction on these types of sites.

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6. How many rooms will be added to campus?

We are very early in the planning stage and the final number of buildings and beds has not yet been determined. This project will likely be built in two phases, with the first phase opening in fall 2019.

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7. How was this location chosen?

This was a years-long process that included land-use surveys of 10 potential sites. We evaluated each site’s size, proximity to the core campus, how the site would foster a sense of inclusion with the rest of campus, the potential impact on programs and parking, the safety and security of the area, and room for possible future expansion.

This location was selected because it offered the most advantages for future residents. It also would merge with the Residential Suites, creating a larger residential community that includes housing, dining and recreation. 

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8. How much pasture land will be used?

The pasture will see a net decrease of 5 acres and have a total of 40 acres for the herd.

The proposed housing will realign Kellogg Drive and use 13 acres of the pasture, which is currently about 45 acres. The College of Agriculture will reallocate 8 acres of its cattle pasture to the horse pastures. The college uses about 103 acres in that area of campus, though the land is not contiguous land and is in different-sized parcels.

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9. Will the new pasture size be adequate to ensure a healthy herd?

The university is committed to the success of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and the well-being of the Arabian horses. There are a number of changes and improvements at the center:

  • The university has committed $200,000 for upgrading the irrigation system and new fencing and paddocks.
  • The center will dedicate one of its staff members to manage the pastures.
  • The center will hold annual horse auctions and breed about 20 to 25 mares annually.

With infrastructure improvements, dedicated management of the pastures and annual auctions planned, the pasture site will be adequate to ensure a healthy herd.

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10. How can I learn more about this project?

Informing students, including students and receiving their input will be part of our normal procedure. A student construction liaison will be hired to provide periodic updates to the project “neighbors” (ie the residents and student leaders). Construction information is available on the Future Housing website and the Construction website.

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