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Well Ranked

A Portrait of Success

three students discussing When it comes to quality education, affordability and career prospects for graduates, Cal Poly Pomona consistently ranks among the best universities in the country. Each ranking category is a snapshot of achievement, but taken collectively, these snapshots provide a picture of a diverse, learn-by-doing university whose students graduate with the skills needed to succeed in a dynamic, evolving work environment.

  • Great Value

    • Cal Poly Pomona provides access, affordability and student success -- a trifecta that few universities can effectively deliver. In fact, the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute assessed 1,700 four-year colleges and named only 19 schools, including Cal Poly Pomona.
    • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine calls Cal Poly Pomona one of the best values in higher education among universities that blend excellence and affordability. The magazine cites Cal Poly Pomona’s low average student debt, four-year graduation rate and the amount of financial aid available to students.
  • Well-paid Graduates
    Cal Poly Pomona graduates’ mid-career salaries (averaging $93,000) outpace those of all but three UCs and CSUs, topping even UCLA. Cal Poly Pomona is ranked second among CSUs in return on investment on the PayScale.com list of universities.

  • Top Public University
    U.S. News & World Report ranks Cal Poly Pomona among the best public universities in the West, citing the university’s hands-on model of education that gives students “many opportunities to learn by doing outside of the classroom.” Cal Poly Pomona is also listed among the best in the Princeton Review, with students praising the university's learn-by-doing approach and the abundance of career opportunities after graduation.

  • Richly Diverse

    • Cal Poly Pomona’s student body is roughly one-third Latino, one-quarter Asian and 3 percent black. U.S News noted the university was eighth most diverse among regional universities in the West and tenth most diverse in the nation.

    • Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Poly Pomona is in the top 25 colleges awarding baccalaureate degrees to Hispanics. Hispanic Business magazine also lauded the university’s ability to help Hispanic postgraduate students succeed.

  • Exemplary Programs

    • The Princeton Review recognizes the College of Business Administration’s graduate programs as among the best in the country.

    • The College of Engineering is ranked among the finest non-doctorate-granting institutions in the nation, with the civil engineering department ranked sixth best. The college produces one of every 14 engineers in California.

    • The College of Environmental Design’s landscape architecture program is rated the third best in the nation by The Best Colleges.

    • The Collins College of Hospitality Management is consistently ranked the best hospitality management program on the West Coast and among the best in the nation.

    • The university’s attention to sustainability, and its commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030, have earned it recognition in the Princeton Review’s "Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” The Sierra Club also listed the university in its Cool Schools list, citing our efforts to promote sustainability and develop a “green” campus.