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Rank: 41

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona, CAwww.cpp.edu
One of two polytechnical universities in California, Cal Poly Pomona 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 university's graduation rate of 66% is nearly 29% higher than that of schools with comparable student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. Recent graduates report an average early career income of $56,000, according to PayScale, which is 15% higher than schools with similar student populations. 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 using barley and oranges grown on campus. And every year for the past seven decades, students have joined their peers from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to build a float for the Tournament of Roses parade. In fact, Cal Poly Pomona recently broke ground on a 14,000-square-foot float lab and design complex that is expected to become operational by 2020.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$27,200
% of students who get any grants
67%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,500
Average price for low-income students
$9,140
admissions
Acceptance rate
55%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1120/24
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
24,205
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
80%
% of need met
54%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
$1,535
student success
Graduation rate
66%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$18,500
Average salary within 3 years
$56,000
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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