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Why Cal Poly Pomona

A Polytechnic Approach

Alexander Sun and Yaminah Meza work on their smart grid model community.Cal Poly Pomona is one of only two polytechnic universities of the 23 California State University campuses and 11 in the nation.

The classical meaning of polytechnic is “skilled in many arts.” At Cal Poly Pomona, it means more than that. Here, we weave technology and hands-on learning experiences into our academic programs, bringing textbook concepts to life in a technologically advanced and multicultural world. Students also experience a broad-based education through our general education program. All of our academic disciplines embrace the teaching of theory through application. We take a multi-faceted approach to problem solving, looking at a situation from all possible angles. A biology student might use digital image analysis to monitor the growth of a virus. An urban and regional planning student might use GIS (geographic information systems) to chart the shrinking of low-income housing in an urban area.

This focus on actions and solutions turns our students into skilled workers, integrative problem solvers and well-balanced leaders.