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First building to be erected on the Cal Poly Pomona campus — Kellogg horse stables

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is organized into seven academic colleges, one extension college, and one professional school. These units provide 65 majors, 20 master's degree programs and 13 teaching credentials/certificates.[1]



  • College of Agriculture: The College of Agriculture offers instruction in 12 majors and 11 options leading to the bachelor of science degree. Over 700 acres (2.8 km2) of university-owned land are available for pastures, crops, groves, and ornamental plantings.[citation needed] The university shares with the University of California, Riverside, the distinction of having the only agriculture programs in Southern California.[citation needed] Farmlands flank the campus, giving a stark contrast to a stereotypical urban university.
  • College of Business Administration: The College of Business Administration educates students in technical and managerial competence necessary for successful performance in business, industry, government and education. Cal Poly Pomona is one of the 500 institutions worldwide that are accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • College of Education and Integrative Studies: The College of Education and Integrative Studies attempts to connect faculty and students to form a holistic and coherent learning society which starts at the baccalaureate level and continuing throughout their graduate studies. It does it by educating and inspiring students to create a free and just society, expecting that they will act with veracity and conscience.[2]
  • College of Engineering: The College of Engineering has the largest engineering and computer science programs in California.[3] The college was established in 1957 and has an active enrollment of 4,500 students in seven academic departments. The college graduates one of every fourteen engineers in the state.[4] Each year, nearly 700 engineers obtain degrees in the various disciplines.[1] Cal Poly Pomona has the second largest civil engineering department in the United States (after Texas A&M University in College Station) with over 1,000 undergraduates enrolled in that major alone. In 2010, the Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering was ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report based on peer assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors in the “Universities-Master’s” category for public universities.[5] The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering was formed in 1972 and is accredited by ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
  • College of Environmental Design: The planning programs at Cal Poly Pomona evolved from the undergraduate landscape architecture program that originally was part of the School of Agriculture.[6] After approval of the creation of a new School of Environmental Design, the landscape and urban planning programs moved into their current building in January 1971. The Department of Urban Planning was created and soon after a Department of Architecture. Department of Urban Planning was renamed "Department of Urban and Regional Planning" in 1983 to reflect an expanded program. The School was renamed the "College of Environmental Design" in 1988. The Department of Art was transferred to Environmental Design from the College of Arts in 1992. Cal Poly Pomona is one of four NAAB-accredited public architecture universities in California along with California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).[7] The Architecture undergraduate program was ranked 15th nationally by the journal DesignIntelligence in 2008 in its annual edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools."[8] Unlike rankings for other programs which compare Cal Poly Pomona to other masters universities, DesignIntelligence ranked all national and research universities. In 2002 the department admitted 15 percent of undergraduate applicants,[9] and as of 2006, the department received nearly 2,000 applicants for just 100 spots[10] making it the most selective program of the university.[citation needed]
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences: The College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (C.L.A.S.S.) provides academic work in more than 20 degree and certificate programs.[11]
  • College of Science: The College of Science offers majors in nine fields leading to bachelor of science degree.

Extension program[edit]

  • College of the Extended University: The College of the Extended University delivers programs to the community in and around the university campus in Pomona, national and international audiences. Its objective consist of helping the workforce advancing technologies, trends, and skills needed to increase productivity in today's global world.[12]

Professional college[edit]

  • The Collins College of Hospitality Management: The college was founded in 1973 being the first and largest four-year hospitality management degree program in California. It offers education in hospitality management and its real-world applications.[13]

Undergraduate majors[edit]

Graduate majors[edit]



According to the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Cal Poly Pomona is ranked 15th in the nation in awarding master's degrees to minorities in Agriculture, Agricultural Operations and Related Sciences among both private and public universities (as of June, 2008).[15]

Business Administration[edit]

The Princeton Review lists Cal Poly Pomona's college of business administration among the best in the country for both private and public universities on its “Best 296 Business Schools” publication. In addition, Diverse Issues in Higher Education places Cal Poly Pomona 6th in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to minorities in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Fields.[15]

Education and Integrative Studies[edit]


Cal Poly Pomona is ranked and tied for 11th overall for top undergraduate engineering programs in the Regional University (Where the highest degree offered is Master's) category in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. Cal Poly Pomona's civil engineering program is ranked 7th overall in the nation among top undergraduate programs, 10th for electrical engineering, and 8th for mechanical engineering.[16][17][18][19] In addition, the college of engineering places 8th in the nation for top 10 Automotive Colleges and Universities in the U.S., according to automotive information provider[20]

Cal Poly Pomona's college of engineering also places 5th in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to minorities in engineering amongst all private and public schools, and 34th for awarding master's to Hispanic students according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.[15]

Environmental Design[edit]

According to Planetizen, Cal Poly Pomona's Urban and Regional Planning Programs ranks 2nd in the nation for non-Ph.D. programs, as the university's highest offered degrees are master's. 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 10th in the nation for Best Undergraduate Landscape Architecture program and 15th for Best Graduate Landscape Architecture program . 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." The architecture program is ranked 16th among all research and Ph. D Universities in the country.[21]

The Collins College of Hospitality Management[edit]

Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences[edit]



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  3. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona" (PDF). California State University. 2008-09-18. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  4. ^ "College of Engineering Video Transcript". Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Cal Poly Pomona Ranked Among Top Universities in the West". PolyCentric. Archived from the original on August 31, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  6. ^ Department of Urban and Regional Planning - Department History
  7. ^ "Architecture Programs". National Architectural Accrediting Board. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  8. ^ "The Top U.S. Architecture Schools". Architect Magazine - online version. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  9. ^ Architectural Record - Guide to Architectural Education
  10. ^ Cal Poly Pomona - Prioritization and Recovery Responses
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  14. ^ "Programs of Study (Undergraduate Degrees)". Office of Admissions & Outreach at Cal Poly Pomona. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c "Rankings & Recognition". California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  16. ^ "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  17. ^ "Undergraduate Engineering Specialties: Civil". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  18. ^ "Undergraduate Engineering Specialties: Electrical". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  19. ^ "Undergraduate Engineering Specialties: Mechanical". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  20. ^ "Top 10 Automotive Colleges and Universities in the U.S.". Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
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