Current and former military personnel choose to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona for many reasons, not the least of which is the campuswide commitment to their educational and career goals. Here are some other reasons you might want to consider Cal Poly Pomona…
As one of only six polytechnic universities nationwide, Cal Poly Pomona's hallmark is its learn-by-doing philosophy. By blending theory and practice in all its disciplines, the university recognizes that the students solving classroom problems today will be the employees solving the real-world problems tomorrow. Our students apply their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaborate with faculty members on research, and participate in valuable internships and service-learning programs.
Because our graduates are able to contribute from day one, the majority enter their professions immediately upon graduation.
Whether you want to build on your military experience and training or start a new profession, Cal Poly Pomona offers a wide range of academic programs from the liberal arts to the applied sciences and professional fields.
Recognizing our responsibilities to local and global communities, Cal Poly Pomona has brought to the forefront environmental sustainability and climate neutrality, the future demand for more professions in science and technology, and the evolving needs of the region.
Our students are actively and personally engaged with their professors. Our 23:1 student-faculty ratio and faculty commitment to put teaching first help distinguish the Cal Poly Pomona educational experience. Our faculty maintain strong connections to their industries, giving you a direct link to outstanding internships and real-world experiences.
Ranked 3rd in student diversity among western universities by US News & Work Report, our campus celebrates the distinct perspectives and experiences of our multicultural student body – great preparation for taking your place in a global society.
Cost Comparison California residents attending Cal Poly Pomona full-time pay $4,100 annually. Our fees are significantly lower than those for equivalent degrees across the county, making a Cal Poly Pomona education accessible and affordable to more families. Plus, $100 million in financial aid and scholarships are awarded each year to qualified students.
Cal Poly Pomona covers 1,438 acres of rolling green hills and is the second largest in area in the California State University system. Its location is ideal for so many things, including social and cultural activities, recreation and most importantly, career and internship opportunities of all kinds. Located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of sunny Southern California, Cal Poly Pomona offers the peace and serenity of a small community as well as the glamour and excitement of a cultural hub. Originally the winter ranch home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, the campus retains his working Arabian horse ranch alongside rose gardens and avocado groves.
The California State University (CSU) System and specifically Cal Poly Pomona have given highest priority for admission and enrollment to veterans in recognition of their service to the country.
Cal Poly Pomona provides information and services specific to veterans through outreach visits to military bases, pre-admission counseling, comprehensive review of prior education, military experience and training.
Recognizing that veterans may not be able to meet the standard admission application filing deadlines and/or mandatory orientation requirements due to service or travel limitations, Cal Poly Pomona offers veterans additional flexibility throughout the admissions, orientation and registration processes. Admission applications from veterans are given priority consideration and are reviewed on a case by case basis since every veteran’s academic and military experience may vary. Veterans will be given the opportunity for an online orientation program and are given priority courses registration for each quarter of their enrollment.
Veterans should be in contact with the Office of Admissions and Outreach Veterans liaison very early in the admissions process to help facilitate their admissions and enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona.
Matilda Obaseki, Admissions Counselor
Phone: (909) 869-2978
Kevin Martin, Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (909) 869-2107
General appointments and information: (909) 869-5299
Preview Day is an excellent way for prospective students to become familiar with Cal Poly Pomona and is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience our campus and become acquainted with our programs and services.
Sign up for a campus tour to experience Cal Poly Pomona first hand. Reserve your tour online or call 909-869-3529. Be sure to indicate that you are a veteran so that we can specialize the tour for you.
As you explore the rest of the Veterans@Cal Poly Pomona website and find that you would like additional information, please contact us at VETQUESTIONS.
Stay connected to our campus with special event announcements, deadline reminders, and campus updates. Sign up at www.dsa.csupomona.edu/admissions/vip
Cal Poly Pomona accepts admissions applications quarterly for four levels of study. Please refer to the admissions requirements appropriate for your level of study:
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the initial admission application filing periods for each available quarter:
You may apply on line at www.csumentor.edu
(If your military service prevents you from meeting these deadlines, you should contact the veterans liaison in the Office of Admissions and Outreach for additional options.)
Throughout the admissions and enrollment process, it is important that you remain informed and meet all requirements and deadlines. These may be found at Office of Admissions & Outreach. Watch for and respond to all emails you receive from Cal Poly Pomona.
It will be important for you to know and follow the steps you will need to take to complete the admission process. This differs depending on whether you are entering as a freshman, undergraduate transfer, credential or graduate student. Typically, you will have strict deadlines to submit required test scores, submit initial and final transcripts and other requested forms, pay your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit, and register for orientation. Be sure to review the “Next Steps” website and click on your program level and quarter of admission.
You will also receive official e-mails from various offices at Cal Poly Pomona regarding deadlines and requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all steps are met in completing the admission and enrollment process.
Once you’ve been admitted to Cal Poly Pomona and have paid your enrollment confirmation deposit, you’ll be invited to participate in the university orientation program for new students. As a student veteran, you’ll have the option to fulfill your mandatory orientation requirement by attending an on-campus orientation program or by completing Veteran’s eOrientation. Veterans eOrientation offers veterans admitted to Cal Poly Pomona an online alternative to traditional orientation and is designed specifically with veterans in mind. This program is self-paced and can be completed anywhere you have an internet connection. Successful completion of either on-campus orientation or Veteran’s eOrientation will prepare you for both academic success and your becoming a part of our campus community.
BroncoDirect is Cal Poly Pomona's online site that provides you the ability to view your admission status and checklist, update personal information, register for classes, view and accept financial aid, view and pay fees, view grades and much more. You will be assigned a unique identifier (a BroncoNumber) once your admission application is received by Cal Poly Pomona, and you will use your BroncoNumber and a Password that you create to access BroncoDirect. Once you have received your BroncoNumber, you may learn more about how to sign on and get started by going to BroncoDirect e-help, or viewing a BroncoDirect tutorial.
The fees you pay to enroll in classes each quarter vary depending on whether you are considered an in-state or out-of-state student. Special provisions for residency status for fee purposes have been made for many active-duty and recently discharged personnel as follows:
We encourage you to visit your admissions liaison for information regarding your specific situation.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act entitles members of the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserve to readmission to the University if their separation is caused by either voluntary or involuntary service on active duty for a period of more than 30 days.
The student-veteran called to active duty should notify a certifying official in the Registrar’s Office that he/she has been redeployed, except in cases where notice is precluded by military necessity or would compromise national security. After the completion of military service, one may defer notifying the campus of the intent to return for no more than three years. A student hospitalized or convalescing from an illness or injury during the performance of service is expected to notify the campus of the intent to return no later than two years after the end of recovery.
To resume studies, notify a certifying official in the Registrar’s Office. After you have done this, you should schedule a meeting with your advisor and establish an academic plan for your return, and courses needed to complete your degree.
While veterans are permitted to resume their studies after discharge, in most cases it is not advisable to return to school after the quarter has begun. In most all cases, a student-veteran will not be readmitted after census, typically, the 15th day of instruction.
A leave of absence, for reasons other than military, is also permitted after at least one quarter of enrollment. As with other leaves, though, you should discuss such a request with your certifying official in the Registrar’s Office.