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Rank: 47

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona, CAwww.cpp.edu
Cal Poly Pomona's motto is "Instrumentum Disciplinae," which bespeaks the school's belief in the importance of hands-on education. One of two polytechnical universities in California, the school has strong programs in engineering and business, as well as renowned programs in hospitality management, agriculture, and apparel merchandising and management. It was first designated a "National Center of Academic Excellence" by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency in 2005, and continues to carry that honor. The school emphasizes its affordability; tuition for in-state students is roughly $7,300 and out-of-staters pay $19,220. Some 37% of incoming freshmen receive financial aid directly from the college. Its diverse student body reflects its proximity to Los Angeles; the student body is approximately 40% Hispanic, one-quarter Asian and 3% African-American. The university's graduation rate of 69% is 26% higher than that of schools with comparable student demographics. Recent graduates report an average early career income of $54,000, according to MONEY's calculations, which is higher than some peers from similar schools. Cal Poly Pomona's learn-by-doing approach provides a wealth of internships and research positions, but it also yields some unexpected opportunities. An on-campus brewery teaches students craft beer-making with barley and oranges grown on campus. And every year for the past 70, students join their peers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to build a float for the Tournament of Roses parade. In fact, Cal Poly Pomona plans to break ground later this year on a 14,000-square-foot float lab and design complex that is expected to become operational by the end of this decade.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,700
% of students who get any grants
66%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,500
Average price for low-income students
$8,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
59%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1030/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
24,747
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
55%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$1,262
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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