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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Cal Poly Seal.svg
Motto Learn By Doing
Type Public
Established 1938; 85 years ago (1938) (as Cal Poly Voorhis Unit in San Dimas, California)
Endowment $101.6 million (2019)
President Soraya M. Coley
Provost Sylvia A. Alva
Academic staff
1,330 (Fall 2017)
Students 27,914 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates 26,451 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates 1,463 (Fall 2019)
Location , ,
United States

34°03′23″N 117°49′18″W / 34.05639°N 117.82167°W / 34.05639; -117.82167
Campus Suburban, 1,438 acres (582 ha)
Colors Green, Gold, and Blue
Athletics NCAA Division II – CCAA
Nickname Broncos
  • California State University (CSU)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Mascot Billy Bronco
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona, CPP, or Cal Poly) is a public polytechnic university in Pomona, California. It is one of two polytechnic universities in the California State University system. (Overall, it is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.) The university is located near the city of Los Angeles and covers 1,147 acres.

Cal Poly Pomona began as the southern campus of the California Polytechnic School (today known as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) in 1938 when the Voorhis School for Boys and its adjacent farm in the city of San Dimas were donated by Charles Voorhis and his son Jerry Voorhis. Cal Poly's southern campus grew further in 1949 when the it acquired University of California, W.K. Kellogg Institute of Animal Husbandry from the University of California, located in the neighboring city of Pomona and previously belonged to Will Keith Kellogg. Cal Poly Pomona, then known as Cal Poly Kellogg-Voorhis, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo continued operations under a unified administrative control until they became independent from one another in 1966.

Cal Poly Pomona currently offers bachelor's degrees in 94 majors, 39 master's degrees, 13 teaching credentials and a doctorate across 9 distinct academic colleges. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.

Its sports teams are known as the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos and play in the NCAA Division II as part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Broncos sponsor 10 varsity sports and have won 14 NCAA national championships. Current and former Cal Poly Pomona athletes have won 7 Olympic medals (3 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze). The official colors of the university and its athletic teams are green, gold, and blue.

Past and present faculty and alumni include two Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, two Academy Award winners, two Olympic medalists, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Secretary of Labor, a Pritzker Prize laureate, a Heisman Trophy winner, a member of the National Academies and an Emmy Award winner.

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