Not to be confused with the original Cal Poly
(SLO), it was SLO's satellite campus up until 1966, when it became big enough and split off on its own. Most people are unaware that the Pomona campus exists separately.
It is well renowned for its excellent engineering programs (the College of Engineering was ranked 9th in the nation for 2004), ranks as the #2 CSU for engineering (after Cal Poly SLO), and ranks second in the nation (behind Cornell) for hotel and restaurant management. Like its SLO sister, it holds true to the "learn by doing" philosophy, by integrating practice into traditional theory education. However, unlike SLO, CPP does accept a hefty number of dumbasses, which pretty much has screwed their reputation.
But at the same time, unlike SLO, it is mainly a commuter school and the social environment is just plain bland.
It also boasts as one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the nation (30% Asian, 28% White, 28% Hispanic, 5% Black), whereas SLO is mostly white.
A serious university for serious students. We only care to go to school for studying, not to go partying.
Cal Poly Pomona is definitely an underrated school, but the admissions staff seriously needs to increase their standards.
Person 1: Where do you go?
Person 2: Cal Poly.
Person 1: Oh, SLO?
Person 2: Umm... noooooes, the other one.