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First Time Freshmen Applicants FAQ

California State University, Pomona is experiencing increased demand across all class levels, but the increase is most dramatic with entering freshmen.  The campus anticipates that the increased freshman demand will exceed our capacity to offer a quality education to our students.

In an effort to maintain educational quality for both current and prospective students, supplemental criteria utilizing a higher eligibility index will be applied to first-time freshman applicants from non-local (Tier 2) schools.

  1. What is our commitment?
  2. What is the admission process?
  3. What are the minimum requirements for consideration?
  4. How has Cal Poly Pomona defined its local area?
  5. What is the CSU eligibility index?
  6. What if I apply to an impacted program?
  7. How do I apply to Cal Poly Pomona?
  8. When is the application deadline?
  9. How will I know that you received my application?
  10. When should I send my transcript(s) and other required documents?
  11. When should I send my test score(s)?
  12. When will I be notified of my admission status?
  13. Are there conditions of an admissions offer?
  14. Are there important requirements if you are admitted?

 

What is our commitment?

Cal Poly Pomona is committed to:

  • Maintaining educational quality for both current and prospective students.
  • Providing access to entering freshmen from our local community.
  • Maintaining a diverse student body.

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What is the admission process?

Cal Poly Pomona will use supplemental criteria to admit first-time freshmen.  All first-time freshman applicants must apply during the initial filing period and must submit SAT or ACT scores regardless of their high school grade point average.  The SAT or ACT must be taken no later than December, with scores received at Cal Poly Pomona no later than January 31.  An eligibility index using the SAT or ACT score and high school grade point average will be calculated for all first-time freshmen.

First-time freshman applicants will be rank-ordered by eligibility index.  The academic characteristics of the freshman applicant pool will determine the eligibility index cut-off and may vary from year to year.

Approximately 20 percent of the freshmen class may be admitted based on a rank-ordered eligibility index and additional characteristics, which include socioeconomic or educational factors, space availability in a unique program or major, indications of overcoming educational obstacles, or exceptional talents.

All CSU subject matter requirements must be complete, in progress, or planned to be completed with a “C” or better prior to high school graduation and may not be completed during the summer term immediately preceding fall enrollment.

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What are the minimum requirements for consideration?

The following requirements must be completed by all first-time freshmen applicants.

  • Applications must be submitted during the initial filing period.
  • All CSU subject matter requirements must be complete, in progress, or planned to be completed with a "C" or better prior to high school graduation and may not be completed during the summer term immediately preceding fall admission.
  • SAT or ACT scores must be received at Cal Poly Pomona no later than January 31.
  • CSU minimum eligibility index has been achieved.
  • Please see the admission requirements for first time freshmen.

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How has Cal Poly Pomona defined its local area?

Cal Poly Pomona's local service schools include 44 public and 9 private/parochial schools from the following school districts:

Local Area School Districts:

  • Azusa Unified
  • Baldwin Park Unified
  • Bassett Unified
  • Bonita Unified
  • Chaffey Joint Union High
  • Charter Oak Unified
  • Chino Valley Unified
  • Claremont Unified
  • Covina Valley Unified
  • Glendora Unified
  • Hacienda-La Puente Unified
  • LA County of Education*
  • Pomona Unified
  • Rowland Unified
  • Upland Unified
  • Walnut Valley Unified
  • West Covina Unified

* International Polytechnic High School located on Cal Poly Pomona campus

Local Area Private Schools: Bishop Amat Memorial High-Catholic, Damien High-Catholic, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Catholic, Lutheran High School (La Verne), Ontario Christian, Pomona Catholic, St. Lucy’s Priory, Webb School and Western Christian Schools

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What is the CSU eligibility index?

The CSU eligibility index is the result of a formula that combines your achievement in high school courses with the results of the SAT or ACT. The index uses your earned grades in all college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grade. To compute your eligibility index please go to admissions requirements.

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What if I apply to an impacted program?

Please review which majors are impacted at the program level and therefore, there is no distinction between local-area and non-local area applicants in the admission process.  All candidates must meet regular University admission standards, and meet any additional standards required by the Departments. Be advised that you may not be processed in your alternate major listed on the application if not selected for one of these programs.  Admission of transfer students will be based on GPA and other course completion criteria. Please review the impacted programs page for more information.

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How do I apply to Cal Poly Pomona?

We strongly encourage you to apply to Cal Poly Pomona on-line by visiting CSUMentor. If you do not have access to the Web, application forms may be obtained at any California high school or community college or from the Admissions Office at any of the campuses of the California State University.

Your application, whether paper or electronic, and $55.00 filing fee
(or fee waiver request (PDF)) must be submitted by the application deadline.

Apply on-line!  Application receipt will be confirmed via email.

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When is the application deadline?

First-time Freshmen can apply only for the Fall term.  The filing period for the fall term is October 1- November 30 (of the previous year).

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How will I know that you received my application?

If you apply via CSUMentor, you will receive an email confirmation that we have received your application. During peak periods of application processing, it may take four to six weeks to acknowledge receipt of paper applications by letter.

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When should I send my transcript(s) and other required documents?

Do not send your high school transcripts prior to graduation unless we specifically request them.  After we review your application, we may find that we have sufficient information to make a preliminary admission decision.

You are required to submit any and all documents requested in a timely fashion and prior to any document deadlines as stated in any paper or electronic communication that we send.  Failure to do so will result in your removal from consideration for admission, including the rescinding of an offer of admission.

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When should I send my test score(s)?

To be considered for Fall admission, you must take the SAT or ACT no later than December, for test scorest to be received by Cal Poly Pomona by January 31.  You must request your score results be sent directly to Cal Poly Pomona from the testing agency, (ETS/SAT campus code 4082 and the ACT campus code 0202). For more information on these tests, check out the CollegeBoard or ACT web-site.

English Placement Test/Entry Level Mathematics (EPT/ELM) Tests must be taken by all undergraduate students enrolling at Cal Poly Pomona, or have documentation of exemption. We encourage students to take the test(s) early, preferably in January or March, but note that any required placement test must be taken no later than May 3. If you received a mathematics status of Ready for CSU college-level mathematics courses - Conditional on the augmented math CST, i.e. the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11, this status score does not satisfy the entry level math requirement (see exemptions). If you are not enrolled for the entire year in a senior year experience (see http://www.csumathsuccess.org/hs_course_msw) to upgrade your conditional exempt status to exempt, and are not exempt by any of the exemption criteria, you need to take the ELM.

Visit the SAT website for test dates and registration deadlines.
Visit the ACT website for ACT Assessment Test Dates and Registration Deadlines.

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When will I be notified of my admission status?

For students from Cal Poly Pomona’s local area, most offers of admission will be sent November through December.  Students who are required to submit 7th semester transcripts will be notified at a later date. 

For students outside of Cal Poly Pomona’s local area, offers of admission will be sent beginning early March.  Notification to waiting list applicants will be sent during June and July.

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Are there conditions of an admissions offer?

YES!  Unless you already graduated from high school prior to applying, all offers of admission will be "provisional".  Specific terms of a provisional admission are contained in letters and the official notice of admission.  Generally, if you are offered provisional admission, you must: 

  • Verify high school graduation with a final 8th semester high school transcript.
  • Complete all courses in your senior year with grades of "C" or higher.
  • Successfully complete all courses to meet the full CSU 15-unit subject pattern.
  • Supply all required documents by the established deadlines.
  • Meet CSU minimum eligibility index.

After we receive your final documents, your "provisional" admission will be reviewed and your admission confirmed.  If you have not maintained eligibility, your offer of admission will be rescinded.  See the admissions requirements for first-time freshmen.

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Are there important requirements if you are admitted?

Student Intent to Register and Enrollment Confirmation Deposit (SIR and ECD) is required of all admitted undergraduate applicants. Applicants who respond past the ECD deadline of May 1, may be placed on an enrollment waiting list, deferred to a subsequent term or not permitted to register.

English Placement Test/Entry Level Mathematics (EPT/ELM) Tests must be taken by all undergraduate students enrolling at Cal Poly Pomona, or have  documentation of exemption.  We encourage students to take the test(s) early, preferably in January or March, but no later than May.  Please note that any required placement test must be taken no later than May 3.

Document Deadlines: applicants provisionally admitted who do not meet the final document deadline (i.e. 8th semester transcripts) may have their admission rescinded and may not be eligible to enroll in the fall quarter.

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming freshmen.  Admitted students will receive information regarding orientation following admission.

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