Cal Poly Pomona is moving forward with plans for new student housing, which will improve campus life for future generations of students. The new residence halls, with the first phase proposed to open in fall 2019, will merge with the Residential Suites and create a larger housing community.
The site will be located at the southeast corner of Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane, part of which is the horse pasture. The decision comes after years of studying multiple options, and balances student housing needs with the well-being of the Arabian horse herd.
“The new freshman community will energize and add vibrancy to Cal Poly Pomona. As our students prepare to be the future leaders and innovators of California, they should have a rich and engaging campus experience,” says University President Soraya M. Coley. “In planning for the university’s next 75 years, we are taking great care in developing the environments in which students live and learn. Learning can take place anywhere on campus, and on-campus housing is one of the most important settings for students to grow.”
Benefits of On-Campus Housing
The proposed residential halls will create a comprehensive community that includes housing, dining and recreation – all with close access to academic and administration buildings. They’ll be minutes away from the University Library and the new Student Services Building (slated to open in 2018), as well as University Park and Bronco Commons, which are popular venues for campus activities.
Studies show that students who live on campus experience unparalleled growth in social and cultural development, civic engagement, and leadership skills. The proposed residence halls will also address academic, social and technological needs of future students.
Over the last decade, the university has added new housing and modernized its existing facilities to enhance the campus’ academic and social environments. The new residence halls will replace the current residence halls, which opened in the 1960s and have significant deferred maintenance needs. A new dining facility will replace Los Olivos.
Commitment to the Arabian Horses
The university is committed to the success of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and the learning opportunities it provides for students. In the next few months, the university will begin investing over $200,000 to improve pasture nutritional quality, replace the aging irrigation system with a more water efficient system, and upgrade fencing and paddocks.
“The Arabian horses are a cherished part of our legacy and campus environment. They offer our students unique learning experiences,” says Mary Holz-Clause, dean of the College of Agriculture. “The university’s investment will improve the infrastructure so the pastures can be more productive.”
The expanded housing community will move Kellogg Drive eastward, using about 13 acres of the current pasture land for the Arabian Horses. The College of Agriculture will reallocate 8 acres to the pastures, so the horses will have only 5 fewer acres (40 total) compared to what they have today.
The college is also proceeding with plans to build a covered arena, with the majority of funding coming from donor gifts. In addition, a dedicated a farm crew member will manage the pastures.
Details about the new housing are available online at www.cpp.edu/futurehousing/.
Information on the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center can be found at www.cpp.edu/equine/.