California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: Difference between revisions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Cal Poly Pomona Broncos: Wikilink)
(See also)
Line 354: Line 354:
*[[California Polytechnic State University]] (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
*[[California Polytechnic State University]] (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
*[[California Master Plan for Higher Education]]
*[[California Master Plan for Higher Education]]
*[ Poly Pomona on Facebook]

Revision as of 00:38, 22 July 2010

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Motto Instrumentum Disciplinae Latin
Motto in English
Application of Knowledge
Type Public University
Space grant college[1]
Established 1938 (as Cal Poly Voorhis Unit in San Dimas, California)[2]
Endowment US$27.6 million[3]
President J. Michael Ortiz[4]
Provost Marten L. denBoer[5]
Academic staff
Students 20,484[7]
Undergraduates 18,625[7]
Postgraduates 1,859[7]
Location United States Pomona, California, United States
34°03′23″N 117°49′18″W / 34.05639°N 117.82167°W / 34.05639; -117.82167Coordinates: 34°03′23″N 117°49′18″W / 34.05639°N 117.82167°W / 34.05639; -117.82167
Campus Suburban, 1,438 acres (5.8 km2)[8]
Newspaper The Poly Post

Green and Gold

Athletics NCAA Division II, CCAA
12 varsity teams
Nickname Broncos
Affiliations AASCU
California State University.
Mascot Billy Bronco[10]
All enrollment figures are as of fall 2009

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, often referred to as Cal Poly Pomona,[11] is a public university located in Template:USCity, United States. The university is one of two polytechnics[12] in the 23-member California State University system.[13]

Cal Poly Pomona began as a satellite campus of the California Polytechnic School[14] in 1938 when a completely equipped school and farm were donated by Charles Voorhis and his son Jerry Voorhis[15] of Pasadena, California. The satellite campus was initially called the Cal Poly Voorhis Unit.[16] The two institutions became unaffiliated in 1966.[17] Cal Poly Pomona offers 72 undergraduate programs,[6] over 20 graduate programs and 13 teaching credentials/certificates in seven colleges and one professional school.[18] Cal Poly Pomona emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs.[19]

Cal Poly Pomona’s sports teams are known as the Broncos and play in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II of the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Their nickname was inspired by the horse ranch which the campus grounds used to be before being given as a gift to the state university system in 1932. The women's basketball team won back to back national championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2010, the men's basketball team won its first NCAA championship in university history.



In addition to its official names of "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona" and "Cal Poly Pomona", the university is commonly referred to by other names. Among local residents, it is often called by the shortened form "Cal Poly",[20] which does not fully distinguish it from its sister CSU campus in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly Pomona has rejected such usage for official university documents.[11] Though not official, "Poly", "CPP", "CSPU" or simply "Pomona" are also commonly used to refer to the university. While Cal Poly Pomona is part of the California State University, it is improper to refer to the campus with names such as "CSU Pomona"[21] and "Cal State Pomona".[22]

Origin of polytechnic schools in California

The history of the university dates back to the first campus in San Luis Obispo, California. On March 8, 1901, California Governor Henry Gage signed the California Polytechnic School Bill that established an institution that today is known as the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).[23] On September 30, 1903, the school started teaching high school-level classes to its first class of 20 students. In 1924 full institutional control was shifted to the California State Board of Education. In 1933 the institution’s academic level was changed to that of a two-year technical or vocational college and in 1942 to a Bachelor’s-granting university. After a long period of financial struggles due to World War II, in 1947 the university changed its name to California State Polytechnic College to better reflect the education level of the institution.[24]

Los Angeles County

In 1925 industrialist and food manufacturer Will Keith Kellogg, known for pioneering the process of making baked cereal, purchased 377 acres (1.53 km2) of land in Pomona for $250,000[25] and turned it into a horse ranch to start an Arabian horse breeding program, which today remains the oldest in the United States and the fifth largest in the country.[26] Kellogg's ranch eventually became so well-known around the area that even some Hollywood stars took time to frequent it.[27] The first building erected contained the horse stables and it used to be located where the university plaza currently stands. On May 17, 1932 a crowd of more than 20,000 spectators converged on the ranch to witness Kellogg’s donation of his Arabian Horse Ranch, which had grown to 750 acres (3.0 km2), including 87 horses, to the University of California system.[28] In return for the generous grant, the University agreed to keep the Arabian horses and to continue the Sunday Horse shows. During World War II, on October 28, 1943 the ranch was taken over by the U.S. War Department and was known as the Pomona Quartermaster Depot (Remount).[29]

In 1928, a retired automotive executive named Charles Voorhis founded a college specializing in educating young, underprivileged male students in Template:City-state. The school opened its doors to 110 male students.[30] Voorhis was known for having donated over $3 million to various charitable institutions. It operated until 1938 when the Voorhis School for Boys was acquired by the state of California and later became part of the California Polytechnic School in San Luis Obispo, and in 1949, Kellogg's ranch was acquired as well.[31]

In 1933, Julian McPhee assumed the presidency of the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. McPhee was known for his firm fiscal policy and he is often credited for saving the University during the years of the great depression.[32] Plagued with financial problems, Voorhis was forced to close his doors only ten years after he had opened his facility. The demise of the facility gave McPhee the opportunity to expand Cal Poly Pomona. In August 1938, Charles Voorhis donated his facility as a gift to what is today the California State University System. In the same year, McPhee’s request for the land was approved and the entire horticulture program was moved from San Luis Obispo to the new Southern California campus.[33]

Old Kellogg horse stables are now University Plaza building 26

However, further expansion was halted by the onset of World War II. The southern Cal Poly campus was closed when the majority of its students were called into active duty and the former Kellogg ranch was transformed into an Army remount station. After the war, the ranch faced an uncertain future, but in 1949 the 813-acre (3.29 km2) W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch was deeded to the state, a proposal to which Kellogg foundation agreed, provided the Sunday horse shows returned.

In 1956, the first classes were held on the campus in the present-day science building. Six programs in agriculture, leading to four Bachelor of Science degrees, were offered. In the class of 1957, 57 agricultural majors were the first graduates of Cal Poly Pomona. By 1959, the curricula of the college included six degree programs in the arts and sciences and four in their nationally recognized engineering program.


Cal Poly Pomona broke off from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1966, becoming a separate campus of the California State University system.[34] The independent campus becomes the "California State Polytechnic College, Kellogg-Voorhis", and the 16th campus in the CSU system.[25] Since 1949, the Pomona and San Luis Obispo universities have cooperated on creating a float for the Rose Parade. Today, the long-running float program still boasts floats designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on both campuses.

Many changes occurred in 1961 which affected Cal Poly Pomona radically. One of the changes included in the Master Plan for Higher Education established the California State College System with its own Board of Trustees, and 329 women enrolled at the University for the first time.[25] In that same year, the Legislature enacted Education Code Section 22606, which identified the primary function of the State College as “...the provision of instruction for undergraduate students and graduate students, through the master’s degree, in the liberal arts and sciences, in applied fields and in the professions, including the teaching profession.”[35]

The Legislature recognized the special responsibility of this institution as a “polytechnic college” by adding Education Code 40051 which authorized the college to emphasize “...the applied fields of agriculture, business, home economics, and other occupational and professional fields.”

In 1966, the California State Polytechnic College, Kellogg-Voorhis, was established as a separate institution from the San Luis Obispo school. Both campuses were awarded full university status in 1972. On June 1, 1972, the campus name was officially changed to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

In 1998, the university rescinded an offer to give an honorary degree to President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe after protests from students, staff, and faculty.[36]

The college has gone through tremendous growth in the last fifty years, with the construction of the CLA Building and new College of Engineering facilities and the addition of innovative programs such as the Center for Regenerative Studies and the I-Poly High School. Cal Poly Pomona's biggest project, as of 2008, is a $58.5 million library expansion dubbed “Phase 1 – The Next Chapter”. This phase will add 101,853 sq ft (9,462.5 m2) and will provide interior renovation to the first three floors of the existing six-story building as well as a 24-hour research lab and a full-service Starbucks coffeehouse.[37] According to university spokesperson Uyen Mai, "At this time the university is focused on the renovation of buildings 1 and 3 to create more classroom space. We're also in the early phase of design for new student housing to accommodate another 800 students as well as a new building for one of our biggest colleges, the College of Business." In addition, the school just completed its first parking structure adding 2,378 new parking spaces.[38] Currently, Cal Poly Pomona is a nationally and internationally recognized institution with approximately 19,800 students and 2,640 faculty and staff members.


Panorama of the CLA Building at Cal Poly seen from the engineering meadow. The Japanese garden is at the lower left of the image.

The main campus sits on 1,438 acres (5.82 km2) of a suburban district just west of Pomona, California a city within Los Angeles County.[39] Cal Poly Pomona is the second largest land-holding university in the California State University system.[40] This figure includes various facilities scattered throughout Southern California such as a 53-acre (210,000 m2) ranch in Santa Paula, California,[41] 25-acre (100,000 m2) at Spadra Ranch, the 31-hectare (0.31 km2) Voorhis Ecological Reserve, and the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in West Los Angeles.

In recent years, there has been a major effort to build and improve campus facilities with over one-third of a billion dollars invested for this purpose alone.[42] One of the most expensive projects is the addition of the student residential suites phase II at a cost of over 60 million dollars.

  • CLA Building - Apart from the bland Modernist boxes that are typical of CSU campuses, Cal Poly Pomona is also home to a futuristic-looking structure called the Classroom/Laboratory/Administration Building. Designed by Antoine Predock, the CLA Building was used in the films Gattaca and Impostor as well as several TV commercials for products such as cars and cell phones. The CLA complex sits directly above the San José Hills Fault and has the second-highest seismic "risk score," 72.94, in the Cal State University system, after a building at CSU East Bay. It has leaked water since it was completed in 1993, and connections and beams at the building do not meet California earthquake safety standards. It needs so much work that university officials are contemplating tearing it down.[43]
  • Cal Poly Pomona University Library - The university's library houses more than 3 million items in more than 300,000 sq ft (28,000 m2). It was recently expanded and renovated at a cost of $58.5 million dollars.[44]
  • W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center - As part of the 22 terms and conditions to the donation of the Kellogg ranch, the University maintains a herd of purebred Arabian horses. These horses became the defining character of the University's mascot, The Broncos.
  • Old Stables - The Arabian Horse Center was formerly located here and horse performances were held behind the structure where the University Union now stands. The Old Stables is now part of the University Union Plaza and serves as offices for student services and organizations.
  • Rose Garden - The Rose Garden is located behind the CLA Building and is one of the oldest sites of the Campus. In the 1990s a gazebo was added in the center together with the Walk of Fame.
  • Kellogg House - Located on top of the hill north of Voorhis ecological reserve, the mansion was the original home for Will Keith Kellogg. It was designed by famed architect Myron Hunt who also designed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the main gallery at the Huntington Library. The grounds were landscaped by Charles Gibbs Adams who also designed the landscape at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and were later finished by Florence Yoch & Lucile Council.[45]
  • Japanese Garden - The Japanese Garden was built in the Summer of 2003, costing $777,000 and covering 58,000 square feet (5,400 m2), it is located next to the CLA Building adjacent to the Rose Garden. It was designed by Takeo Uesugi, professor emeritus of the landscape architecture department.
  • Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies - This facility, built adjacent to an old landfill, stresses sustainable technology and agriculture, with solar-powered dormitories, aquaculture ponds, and organic gardens.
  • BioTrek - Composed of a rainforest greenhouse, a California ethnobotany garden, and an aquatic biology center, BioTrek provides environmental education at all levels.
  • Innovation Village - The Innovation Village is a section of land that is part of the Kellogg ranch deed, as a separate section independent of the University, it is managed by a cooperative called AccelTech, formed between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the College of the Extended University of Cal Poly Pomona. AccelTech is also sponsored by other institutions like Caltech and Larta Institute. The 65 acres (263,000 m2) tract of land is located between South Campus Drive and Valley Boulevard.
  • International Polytechnic High School is a public college preparatory high school located on the western edge of Parking Lot K. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in conjunction with the College of Education and Integrative Studies.
  • American Red Cross blood processing center - The first and anchor tenant of the new Innovation Village, the American Red Cross built their largest blood processing center in the United States in Innovation Village, which was completed early 2005 and opened May 13, 2005.

Organization and administration

College founding
College Year founded

College of Agriculture 1938[46]
College of Business Administration 1967[47]
College of Education and Integrative Studies 1973[48]
College of Engineering 1957[49]
College of Environmental Design 1971[50]
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences [citation needed]
College of Science [citation needed]
The Collins College of Hospitality Management 1973[51]

Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnical universities in the larger 23-campus California State University system.[52] Also, Cal Poly Pomona is one of nine polytechnical universities in the world. The CSU system is governed by a 25-member board of trustees, including one faculty trustee, one alumni trustee, and two student trustees, and has authority over curricular development, campus planning, and fiscal management.[53][54] The university system is currently governed by Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who assumed the office in 1998.[55]

The chief executive of the Cal Poly Pomona campus is President J. Michael Ortiz.[56] Ortiz's compensation for fiscal year 2008-2009 was $292,000.[57]

Cal Poly Pomona is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)[58]


Cal Poly Pomona's financial endowment was valued at $27.6 million in NACUBO's 2009 ranking.[3] In late 2008, Cal Poly Pomona embarked on a 5-7 year fund-raising campaign.[59] During the campaign, an anonymous donor provided a $12 million gift.[60]


The main entrance of the library following the renovation.
University rankings
Forbes[61] 365

A campus of the California State University, Cal Poly Pomona is governed by the Trustees of the California State University, currently headed by chancellor Charles B. Reed. As outlined by the 1960 California Master Plan for Higher Education, Cal Poly Pomona "offer[s] undergraduate and graduate instruction through the master's degree in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education, including teacher education."[62] Cal Poly Pomona promotes a "learn by doing" philosophy, where an essential part of the curriculum is hands-on application of knowledge.[63]

Cal Poly Pomona's polytechnic approach of teaching applied sciences, engineering, agriculture, the sciences, education, architecture, business, and the arts and more draws a large number of students from other states.[citation needed] In addition, the university is among six other institutions of higher education in California that have been designated a "Center of Academic Excellence" by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA).[64][65] and a "University of Excellence" according to the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.[66] Some departments (including engineering and architecture) continue to follow the originally mandatory requirement for an undergraduate senior/research thesis to graduate.[citation needed]


Cal Poly Pomona's CLA Building and with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background

Cal Poly Pomona ranked 8th among public Western Colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 issue of "America's Best Colleges", and 32th when the category includes both private and public universities.[67] U.S. News & World Report also ranked Cal Poly Pomona as 4th in ethnic diversity, 8th in least indebtedness, 5th in most international students, 6th in lowest acceptance rate, 5th in freshmen retention rate, and 10th in highest graduation rate for public Western colleges.[67] The report also listed Cal Poly Pomona as 45th in economic diversity, and 59th awarding need-based aid for both private and public universities in the West.

Cal Poly Pomona is ranked and tied for 15th overall for top undergraduate engineering programs in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Six out of the fifteen schools are public schools. This makes Cal Poly Pomona the 5th best public school for undergraduate engineering. Cal Poly Pomona's Civil Engineering program, which is the most impacted program on campus, is ranked 9th overall in the nation for top undergraduate Civil Engineering programs. Five of the nine schools are private schools. This makes Cal Poly Pomona the 4th best public school for undergraduate Civil Engineering. Cal Poly Pomona is 11th overall for top undergraduate Electrical Engineering programs and 12th overall for top undergraduate Mechanical Engineering programs in the nation. Also, Cal Poly Pomona's undergraduate Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering program ranks 4th in the nation.

According to Planetizen, Cal Poly Pomona's Urban and Regional Planning Programs without a Ph. D. ranks 2nd in the nation. For Best Urban and Regional Planning Programs with a Ph. D., Cal Poly Pomona ranks 7th amongst all public and private universities in the West Region. Planetizen also ranks Cal Poly Pomona 21st in the nation for Best Urban & Regional Planning graduate programs.

The leading architecture magazine, called Design Intelligence, ranks Cal Poly Pomona 17th (1. Harvard, 2. U. Penn...8. University of California, Berkeley) in the nation for Best Undergraduate Landscape Architecture program and 15th for Best Graduate Landscape Architecture program (1. Harvard, 2. Virginia Tech.). Design Intelligence gives "High Distinction" to Cal Poly Pomona's Landscape Architecture Program. Design Intelligence considers Cal Poly Pomona's Architecture Program as "one of the best in the world."

Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools” has Cal Poly Pomona's College of Business Administration graduate business programs the "best in the country amongst all private and public schools."

According to Planetizen: Graduate Urban Planning (22nd in the nation, 6th in the West Region), Zoning Administration (6th in the West Region). According to Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education: Hospitality Management (3rd in the nation). According to Project Connect (a survey that was created by a market research firm called Carnegie Communication): 3rd highest rated regional university in the West, 8th most popular among students.[67]

In the academic year 2009/2010 Cal Poly Pomona featured on Forbes magazine list of "America's Best Colleges" among the 600 best public and private universities in the nation at number 365.[68] In the 2009 "PayScale College Salary Report" conducted by, Cal Poly Pomona ranked 19th among public universities in the country with graduate's starting median salary of $51,600 and a mid-career median salary of $92,400.[69]

Demographics of student body [70][71]
Undergraduate California U.S. Census
African American 3.9% 6.7% 12.4%
Asian American 29.7% 12.5% 4.3%
European American 25.1% 42.3% 74.1%
Hispanic American 27.2% 36.6% 14.7%
Native American 0.3% 1.2% 0.8%
International 5.3% N/A N/A
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 8.5% N/A N/A


Cal Poly Pomona's admissions process is selective. The California State University lists Cal Poly Pomona among five of its institutions with the strictest admission standards.[72] The average high school GPA of enrolled fall of 2009 freshmen was 3.36.[73] The average SAT Reasoning Test score was 1060 (out of a possible 1600, based only on reading and math scores).[73][74][75][76]

For fall 2008, out of 24,530 first time freshman applicants, 12,952 were admitted with an admissions rate of 53%. Of those admits, 2,640 enrolled as first time freshmen, according to the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning (IRAP).[77]

First-Time Freshman Profile[78]
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Average GPA
Average SAT

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the university reduced the Tier 1 admissions area (the area in which the CSU Eligibility Index is used to guarantee admissions and roughly bounded by the San Gabriel Mountains and Chino Hills to the north and south and the 15 and 605 freeways to the east and west) from 78 to 44 neighboring high schools.[79] Applicants from outside the local area (Tier 2) are rank ordered by eligibility index and granted admission based on a year specific cutoff score.[79] For 2010-2011 academic year, Architecture, Animal Science, Animal Health Science, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and undecided are considered impacted majors. As such, applicants are rank ordered by eligibility index regardless of local admissions area and are accepted as space permits.[80] For the 2010-2011 academic year, Tier 1 applicants may no longer be guaranteed admissions based on the CSU Eligibility Index and may be subject to similar criteria as Tier 2 applicants.[81]

For some fields of study, the university requires prospective students to declare a major when applying for admission, as certain majors such as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Animal Science and Animal Health Science have stricter admission standards than others. To prevent students from applying for an easy-to-get-into major and transferring to another major, Cal Poly Pomona makes it troublesome to change to those majors.[82]

Student life


On Campus Housing Bed Count
Suites Phase I
Suites Phase II
University Village Phase I
University Village Phase II
University Village Phase III
Center for Regenerative Studies
Residential suites

There are three styles of residence halls on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The first to be built are the six residential halls located on University Drive. The four older red-brick halls are named Alamitos, Aliso, Encinitas, and Montecito and provide room for 212 students each. The remaining two gray halls were constructed later and consist of Cedritos and Palmitas and have room to accommodate 185 students each.[83] The University Village apartments and Campus Suites offer apartment-style living to non-freshman students as an alternative to the campus dormitories. About 32% of first-year students and 9% of all undergraduates live in college housing.[84]

"The Suites" are the product of more recent on-campus residential developments. Phase I of the construction of the suites, housing 420 students, completed in 2004 and a second phase is set to open in 2010.[85] The total on-campus population is 3,200 (as of 2009),[86] but will grow to over 3,822 after the Phase II of the Residential Suites are completely opened in summer 2010,[87] making it one of the largest student housing programs in the California State University system.[88]

In an effort to reduce commuting and raise academic standards, starting on the 2010-2011 academic year, freshmen from outside the Tier 1 Local Admissions area (the area roughly bounded by the San Gabriel Mountains and Chino Hills to the north and south and the 15 and 605 freeways to the east and west), will be required to live on campus.[81]

Bronco Student Center

The Bronco Student Center is a student activity center for meetings, conferences, meals, recreation, and shopping for students and alumni on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, California. This is where ASI student government offices are located, as well as other various student run departments like facilities and operations, Recreation, Programming and Marketing (RPM), Business Services, Games Room Etc. (GRE).

Campus media

Campus events are covered by the student newspaper, the Poly Post. A rival newspaper/e-letter The Pomona Point formed in 2007 to satirize articles written in the Poly Post as well as to provide humor for students who are familiar with buildings, events, and ideas seen on campus.[citation needed] The Bronco Sports Show is a quarterly television broadcast capturing the highlights and statistics from Bronco Athletics along with other featured events around the campus. PolyCentric[89] is the university's official online magazine. PolyCentric features news, announcements of campus events, spotlights on various departments, and resources for faculty and staff. A web site also provides a comprehensive archival search for past articles and photos.[citation needed]

Bronco Pep Band

The Bronco Pep Band is a student-run band at Cal Poly Pomona. The band is a group within the athletic department. It follows the tradition of other student-run bands in the sense that it focuses on its members individuality. The band attends athletic events during the year to encourage the school's athletic teams and audience support/involvement. The pep band is entirely voluntary and all students at Cal Poly Pomona or anyone else in the area are free to join.

Greek life

Greek Life at Cal Poly Pomona consists of 26 fraternities and sororities governed by the Greek Council.[90]

International Students

Cal Poly Pomona has over 1,000 visa-bearing international students. The majority of them come from Asia, but many others also come from Mexico, Russia, Morocco, Germany, and Zimbabwe.[91]

Rose Parade float

Cal Poly Universities Rose Float Logo

Cal Poly Pomona together with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has participated in the Tournament of Roses since 1949; winning the Award of Merit in their first year. In the period from 1949–2005, the floats have won 44 awards. This joint program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade, as well as the only "self built" floats designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on both campuses. The Rose Float tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two Cal Poly campuses.

Bronco Express and BroncoLink

Bronco Express is a campus shuttle system run by Parking & Transportation Services which allows students to navigate around campus with ease.[92] BroncoLink allows both students and staff to be able to use the Metrolink system as an alternative to driving on campus .[93]


Voorhis Vikings

File:Voorhis Vikings 1.png
Voorhis Vikings baseball team

Before the university moved from San Dimas to Pomona, the college had a handful of athletic teams named the "Voorhis Vikings". They were composed mostly of homeless and orphaned boys of all races who were cared for at the Voorhis School during the ten-year period it operated.[94] Despite this historical background, the university's current athletic programs are named the Broncos.

Cal Poly Pomona Broncos

Cal Poly Pomona varsity teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association of NCAA Division II. Teams are known as the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos and field twelve sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Fall sports for men are cross country and soccer. Fall sports for women are cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The winter sport for men and women is basketball. Spring sports for men are baseball, tennis, and track and field. Spring sports for women are tennis and track and field.[95] The Broncos most recent national championships came in 2010 Division II basketball tournament when the university's men's basketball team defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania 65-53 in the title game. The Broncos are currently the most successful program in their the CCAA, having achieved 60 CCAA[96] and 14 NCAA National Championships.[citation needed]

Cal Poly Pomona National Championships

Sport Championships
  • (3) NCAA Championship

1983, 1980, 1976

Men's Cross country
  • (1) Team NCAA Championships


Men's Basketball
  • (1) NCAA Championship


Women's Basketball
  • (5) NCAA championship

2002, 2001, 1986, 1985, 1982

Women's Tennis
  • (4) Individual NCAA Champions

1992, 1991, 1981, 1980

Total Team Championships 14

Over the years, 369 Cal Poly Pomona athletes have earned All-American honors in their respective sports, including 90 in men's track and field alone.[citation needed]

Two notable sports facilities serve as home venues for Cal Poly Pomona sports. The Bronco baseball team plays home games at Scolinos Field on campus, named after the baseball coach who led the team to three national championships.[citation needed] The volleyball team plays at Darlene May Gymnasium on campus. This facility was named after the women's basketball coach who led her team to three national championships.[97] The women's basketball team rarely plays in the May Gym preferring to play in the larger Kellogg Gym (seats 5,000) with the men's team.[citation needed]

Cal Poly Pomona has not had a football team since 1982. The university canceled their football program because of operating expense.[98] From 1983-1991 they did field a club football team playing some of the local Universities, such as Azusa Pacific, University of La Verne, University of Redlands, Claremont Mckenna College, Pomona-Pitzer, Cal Lutheran, University of San Diego, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Caltech which also had a Club team.[citation needed] Cal-Poly's Club Team also played a lot of local Semi-Pro Football teams and a couple of Junior College teams such as Victor Valley College.[citation needed]

Notable faculty and alumni

More than 109,000 alumni have graduated from Cal Poly Pomona over the course of its history.[99] Some notable alumni include Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker;[100] Olympic medalists Chi Cheng[101] and Kim Rhode;[102] California State Senator Jim Brulte,[100] U.S. Representative Richard Pombo[103] and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis;[100] former professional football player and NFL head coach Jim Zorn,[104] soccer player Jonathan Bornstein[105] and BMX rider Dave Mirra.[106]

See also


  1. ^ "California Space Grant Consortium Affiliates". California Space Grant Consortium. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ "TRACING CAL POLY'S ROOTS". Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ a b As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Cal Poly Pomona". Office of the President at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Office of the Provost". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  6. ^ a b "Explore Campuses - Campus Facts - Cal Poly Pomona". California State University. 26. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  7. ^ a b c "Explore Campuses - Campus Facts - Cal Poly Pomona". California State University. 14. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  8. ^ "Why Cal Poly Pomona". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  9. ^ "University Typefaces and Colors". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Office of Public Affairs. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Get the Bronco Spirit!". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  11. ^ a b "Identity". Office of Public Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  12. ^ Gerth 2010, p. 3.
  13. ^ "Campus Homepages". California State University. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  14. ^ "CSU | Public Affairs | Historic Milestones". California State University. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  15. ^ "Special Collections and Archives - H. Jerry Voorhis (1901-1984)". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  16. ^ "Special Collections and Archives - Campus History". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  17. ^ "Highlights in the History of Cal Poly". Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University Library. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  18. ^ "Polytechnic Approach" (PDF publisher= Cal Poly Pomona). Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  19. ^ "Polytechnic Concept Steering Committee" (PDF). University of Wisconsin–Stout. p. 17. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  20. ^ "Rally to hit CSU cuts: Cal Poly facing $20M in trims". Students for California's Future. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  21. ^ "Sccessible Technology Initiative". California State University. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  22. ^ "HOUSING AND DINING SERVICES" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-01.  Unknown parameter |publishers= ignored (|publisher= suggested) (help)
  23. ^ "A Brief History of Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering". California Polytechnic State University. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  24. ^ "University History". Alumni Association at California Polytechnic State University. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  25. ^ a b c "History of Cal Poly Pomona". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  26. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  27. ^ Roeder, Walter H. (Fall 1988). "Jadaan, The Sheik, and the Cereal Baron". The Cal Poly Scholar: 99–103.  Unknown parameter |vol= ignored (|volume= suggested) (help)
  28. ^ Lott, Jeanne (2002-05-20). "Keith and Jean Kellogg — An Uncommon Couple with the Common Touch". TSRI News. Scripps Research Institute. Retrieved 2010-05-08.  External link in |work= (help)
  29. ^ "Highlights of Cal Poly Pomona History". Windt im Wald Farm. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  30. ^ "New president takes the reins at Cal Poly Pomona". Inland Empire Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  31. ^ "Explore Campuses - Cal Poly Pomona". CSU Mentor. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  32. ^ "Faculty Resources Guide" (PDF). Faculty Ceter for Professional Development at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  33. ^ Ferreira, Allen (1985). "Cal Poly San Dimas?". The University Archives. Pomona, California: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Library. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  34. ^ "Historic Milestones". California State University Public Affairs. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  35. ^ "California State Polytechnic University, Pomona" (PDF). University Administration at Cal Poly Pomona. p. 15. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  36. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona Chief Is Focus of Campus Contention". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  37. ^ "Project Impacts". University Library at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  38. ^ "New 750,000-square-foot (70,000 m2) Parking Structure Opens". PolyCentric. April 29, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  39. ^ "The Physical Cal Poly Pomona". James S. Koga. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  40. ^ "University Facts and Statistics". Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  41. ^ "Department Facilities". Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  42. ^ "PC Associates Project Listing - Universities". PC Associates. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  43. ^ Baeder, Ben (2008-08-30). "Iconic Cal Poly Pomona building could be razed". Whittier Daily News. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  44. ^ [1][dead link]
  45. ^ "California State Polytechnic University-Pomona - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  46. ^ "Poly @lumni E-Newsletter", Poly Alumni, 2009–2010, retrieved January 31, 2010 
  47. ^ "College of Business Interview Transcript". Office of Diversity and Compliance at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. June 5, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  48. ^ "Department Philosophy". Office of Diversity and Compliance at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  49. ^ "University Ranks Fifth in West, Engineering Program Ninth in Nation by U.S. News & World Report" (PDF), PolyTrends, p. 2, 2003, retrieved January 31, 2010 
  50. ^ "Department of Urban and Regional Planning". College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  51. ^ "About The Collins College of Hospitality Management". The Collins College of Hospitality Management. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  52. ^ "Campus Websites". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  53. ^ "Board of Trustees". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  54. ^ "Overview - Board of Trustees". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  55. ^ "Chancellor". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  56. ^ "Office of the President". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  57. ^ "CSU Executive Compensation Information". The California State University. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  58. ^ "Members: C, by State". American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  59. ^ "CAL POLY POMONA NAMES ROBERT BALZER TO LEAD CAPITAL CAMPAIGN" (PDF). Office of Public Affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 2007. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  60. ^ Cheryl Devall (2009-09-03). "Anonymous $12 million gift to Cal Poly Pomona". Southern California Public Radio. 89.3 KPCC.  Unknown parameter |city= ignored (help); Missing or empty |series= (help)
  61. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. July 5, 2016. 
  62. ^ "California State University mission". University of California — Office of the President. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  63. ^ "University Vision and Identity Initiative" (PDF). University Advancement Division at Cal Poly Pomona. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  64. ^ "Student Competition Tests Cyber Security Skills". Campus Technology. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  65. ^ "Centers of Academic Excellence - Institutions". National Security Agency. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  66. ^ "Universities of Excellence". National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  67. ^ a b c "Best Colleges 2010". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  68. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes magazine. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  69. ^ "Top State Universities By Salary Potential". PayScale, Inc. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  70. ^ 2009 Demographics of student body Retrieved on July 12, 2009
  71. ^ See Demographics of California and Demographics of the United States for references.
  72. ^ "Campuses That Have Higher Standards". California State University. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  73. ^ a b Cal Poly Pomona IRAP - Just the Facts 2009 |
  74. ^ First-Time Freshmen SAT scores Institutional Research and Assessment. Retrieved 12/10/09
  75. ^ San Diego State University - At a Glance, Fall 2009 |
  76. ^ CSU Fullerton - Fall 2008 and 2009 Snapshot of First-Time Freshmen |
  77. ^ "Common Data Set 2008-2009" (PDF). IRAP. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  78. ^ "Just the Facts". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  79. ^ a b Cal Poly Pomona Admissions and Outreach - FTE Impaction
  80. ^ Cal Poly Pomona Admissions and Outreach - Impaced Majors
  81. ^ a b
  82. ^ "Changes in Undergraduate Admission for Fall 2009". PolyCentric. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  83. ^ "Residence hall descriptions". University Housing Services at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  84. ^ "College Search - California State Polytechnic University: Pomona - Cal Poly Pomona - Housing & Campus Life". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  85. ^ "Residential Suites, Phase I". Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  86. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  87. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  88. ^ "Pocket Facts 2008" (PDF). Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  89. ^ "PolyCentric | Cal Poly Pomona". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  90. ^ "Ch Listing". 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  91. ^ "Future International Students | International Center | Cal Poly Pomona". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  92. ^ "Bronco Express Shuttle Map". 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  93. ^ "Rideshare Home". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  94. ^ "Special Collections & University Archives-Voorhis Vikings". University Library at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  95. ^ "Bronco Sports Teams". Athletics Division at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  96. ^ "All-Time CCAA Champions". California Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  97. ^ "Darlene May". Athletics Division at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  98. ^ "Carlisle: Nothing wilder than the West in the NBA". Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 
  99. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona One of A Kind". Visitor & Information Centers at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  100. ^ a b c "Cal Poly Pomona". CSU Mentor. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  101. ^ "Alumni Spotlight - Chi Cheng, ‘71 Kinesiology". Office of Public Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  102. ^ "PolyCentric - Cal Poly Pomona". Polycentric. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  103. ^ "PROFILE: REP. RICHARD POMBO". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  104. ^ "Jim Zorn Plays Viola and Speedskates". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  105. ^ "Jonathan Bornstein". Chivas USA. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  106. ^ "About Dave Mirra". Mpora Pure Action Sports. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 


External links