Cal Poly Pomona is the highest-ranked polytechnic university in two new rankings for value and helping students improve their socioeconomic status.
The university was the top polytechnic university and No. 14 in the West on Washington Monthly’s “2023 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: West” list. The publication weighed each institution’s graduation rate for all students, percentage of students with Pell Grants and student loans, net price, racial/ethnic and gender composition of the student body, and how well each institution serves a large number of students from low and middle-income families. The median earnings of alumni 10 years after entering college was listed as $65,569.
Cal Poly Pomona is also the highest-ranking polytechnic university on the nonprofit Third Way “2023 Economic Mobility Index” ranking. The EMI data table showed CPP at No. 30 in the nation.
The Third Way analysis focused on “institutions that offer strong return on investment for students with the greatest financial need — providing real economic mobility…. [They help] students not only access college, but also get across the finish line.”
At Cal Poly Pomona, over 70 percent of undergraduate Broncos receive some form of financial aid to assist them on their path to success. During the 2022-23 academic year, $246 million was awarded to students through a variety of financial aid programs including grants, loans, scholarships, fellowships, veterans’ aid, and work study. In general, an undergraduate student who qualifies for financial aid will have their tuition fees fully covered by grant aid if their family’s total income is less than $80,000.