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Colleges / California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Cal Poly Pomona, the regular decision application deadline is December 15 and the fee for the application costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to Cal Poly Pomona?

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Cal Poly Pomona?

Getting into Cal Poly Pomona is moderately difficult. Cal Poly Pomona evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Cal Poly Pomona accepted 65% of all applicants., around 24,673 of the 37,999 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Cal Poly Pomona, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to exceptional admit, Educational Opportunity Program applicants is program slightly difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Cal Poly Pomona waitlisted 2,543 students. Of those, 990 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Cal Poly Pomona?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Cal Poly Pomona

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Not Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Cal Poly Pomona 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Cal Poly Pomona must submit the following items. Double check with Cal Poly Pomona's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cal Poly Pomona?

Students admitted to Cal Poly Pomona have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 18.62%
3.50 and 3.74 20.64%
3.25 and 3.49 15.25%
3.00 and 3.24 14.11%
2.50 and 2.9 10.85%
2.00 and 2.49 0.35%
Cal Poly Pomona does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Cal Poly Pomona is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 91% of Cal Poly Pomona's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cal Poly Pomona students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cal Poly Pomona students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Cal Poly Pomona, you should strive to earn between 19 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cal Poly Pomona's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cal Poly Pomona students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Cal Poly Pomona.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is December 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Cal Poly Pomona during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Cal Poly Pomona Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cal Poly Pomona?

Students who are admitted to Cal Poly Pomona must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Cal Poly Pomona accept transfer credits?

Cal Poly Pomona accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Cal Poly Pomona accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Cal Poly Pomona accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Cal Poly Pomona does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Do I have to submit test scores to Cal Poly Pomona?

Cal Poly Pomona. is not test optional. Test scores are will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

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Cal Poly Pomona Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Cal Poly Pomona? Cal Poly Pomona is a somewhat selective institution. The Cal Poly Pomona acceptance rate is 65%. This means that the institution accepts 64 out of every 100 applicants.



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Cal Poly Pomona Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cal Poly Pomona is Dec 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cal Poly Pomona is Dec 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cal Poly Pomona ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


19 to 27


19 and Less


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Cal Poly Pomona SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

510 - 640


Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

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Cal Poly Pomona GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cal Poly Pomona, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.57. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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