From plans to construct new facilities to triumphs in the athletic arena, 2017 offered tons of opportunities to feel that Bronco pride.
Cal Poly Pomona soared in the rankings, celebrated a record number of graduating students and announced plans to enter the race to space. Here’s a list of 10 of the top happenings on campus in 2017.
10. Cal Poly Pomona’s Neutra House was declared a National Historic Landmark, a designation that puts it in the company of sites such as Edgar Allen Poe’s home, Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Mission Control Center.
9. The university ranked No. 6 among universities in the country that help low income students find financial success, according to the 2017 Social Mobility Index created by PayScale and College NET.
8. Cal Poly Pomona announced plans to build a new $3.7 million Rose Float facility. The Rose Float Lab and Design Complex, to break ground in 2018, will include a new 5,700 square foot building that features an electronics shop, a hydraulic shop and a large bay for float construction.
7. The College of Education & Integrative Studies received a $1.1 million federal grant to help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers in Southern California.
6. The university opened the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center to serve the university’s undocumented student population.
5. The Bronco men’s soccer team made it to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Championship before being eliminated by the third-ranked University of Charleston 1-0. It marked the third straight season that the Broncos advanced to the NCAA National Tournament and the second time in three years that the team reached the final four.
4. Cal Poly Pomona launched a monthly mobile food pantry in an effort to grapple with the growing issue of food insecurity among college students.
3. The university ranked No. 4 among public universities in the West and second among CSU campuses, according to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2018” list. CSU campuses took 10 of the 15 spots on the “Top Public Regional Universities” in the West list.
2. More than 6,600 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates graduated in the Class of 2017.
1. Cal Poly Pomona officially joined the race to become the first university to launch a liquid fuel rocket into space, thanks in large part to a $1.67 million gift from the Diamond Bar nonprofit National College Resources Foundation.