Cal Poly Pomona rises to No. 2 among the “Top Public Schools in the West” in the U.S. News 2023 Best Colleges Ranking, based on 15 measures of academic quality. The university is also ranked No. 14 among all “Regional Universities West,” a region that covers 15 states.
Cal Poly Pomona is also recognized as a leader in higher education innovation, undergraduate teaching and providing an education that helps students climb the economic ladder of success following graduation.
In those areas, the university is ranked:
- No. 4 Most Innovative School West – by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans voting for schools making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities
- No. 6 Best Undergraduate Teaching West (tie)
- No. 6 Top Performers on Social Mobility West (tie)
The College of Engineering is recognized among the top programs in the country at No. 10 (tie) for “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program,” where doctorate degrees are not offered, and No. 3 in California. The computer engineering program is rated No. 2 nationally, civil engineering No. 3, aerospace/aeronauticla/astronautical engineering No. 5, electrical/electronic/computer engineering No. 8 and mechanical engineering No. 8.
Over the last five years, Cal Poly Pomona has climbed 14 places in the “Top Regional Universities West” category, with increasing recognition for its high-quality education and commitment to experiential learning and professional readiness.
This year, seven California State University campuses were in the top 10 “Best Public Schools: Regional Universities West.” Joining Cal Poly Pomona were Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (No. 1), San Jose State (No.4), Cal State Monterey Bay (No.7), Cal State LA (No. 8), Cal State Stanislaus (No. 9) and Cal State Chico (No. 10).
The CSU system consists of 23 campuses which educate approximately 447,500 students every year. They comprise some of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Half of all undergraduates receive Pell Grants. Nearly one-third are the first in their families to attend college.
For the 2023 ranking, U.S. News rated 1,500 colleges and universities nationally measuring academic quality using 17 metrics in the areas of graduation and retention (22 percent), social mobility (5 percent), graduation rate performance (8 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), expert opinion (20 percent), financial resources (10 percent), student excellence (7 percent), graduate indebtedness (5 percent) and alumni giving (3 percent).