Nov 22, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog

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Admissions Procedures and Policies

Requirements for admission to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at www.calstate.edu.

All CSU applications must be submitted online at www.calstate.edu/apply. An acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).

Transcripts can be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions and Outreach at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, from each institution attended. We will also accept sealed, hand-carried transcripts. In some cases, original or certified copies of official academic records from non-U.S. institutions submitted by the applicant may be accepted. Transcripts submitted in support of a prospective student's application remain the property of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Health Screening, Immunization Requirements

Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment.

Measles and Rubella: All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against Measles and Rubella prior to enrollment.

Hepatitis B: All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of (3) timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period. If you need further details or have special circumstances, please consult Student Health Services at (909) 869-2759.

Meningococcal Disease Information: Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and
indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.

The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.

MEETING THESE REQUIREMENTS (One or more of these options may be needed to show proof of all immunizations):

  1. Have a physician complete an immunization history form and mail or fax, (909) 869-4425, the form to Student Health Services, or
  2. send a copy of the California High School Immunization Record which may be available from the high school the student attended,or
  3. send a copy of a childhood immunization record, or
  4. send a copy of a physician's statement certifying past infection with both Measles and Rubella (German Measles), and/or Hepatitis B, or
  5. be immunized for Measles and Rubella, and/or Hepatitis B.

Call (909) 869-4000 to schedule an immunization appointment with Student Health Services. Further information is available on the Immunization Hotline at (909) 869-2759 or on the Student Health Services web page at https://www.cpp.edu/~healthcounseling/immunizations/required-immunizations.shtml.

Note: The CSU anticipates a policy change to the immunization requirements for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Reservation

The university reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the university or any of its programs as the university, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant's suitability and the best interests of the university.

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus' specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.

The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and programs impaction will be available at https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/impaction-at-the-csu

Campuses will communicate its supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the CSU campus website and made available online at https://www.calstate.edu.

Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered in impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.

Supplementary Admission Criteria

Each campus with impacted programs or class-level admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank-ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of the Associate in Arts for Transfer or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT, regardless of GPA. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.

The supplementary admission criteria used by individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be paid online at the time of application via credit card, or PayPal and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be requested on the application if desired by the campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Application Procedures

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (i.e., doctorate, joint Ph.D. applicants, master's degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials or certificates and, where permitted, holders of baccalaureate degrees interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials at www.calstate.edu/apply. Applicants seeking a second bachelor's degree must submit the undergraduate application for admission. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements in the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee.  To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it is necessary to submit separate applications (including fees) to each.  All CSU applications must be submitted online at www.calstate.edu/apply. An acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant when the online application has been submitted.

Undeclared Major

A first-time freshman, who has not selected a major, may apply and enter the university as an undeclared major. Undeclared majors must declare an academic major by the end of the second semester in attendance at the university. They will be placed on degree requirements in effect at the time they enter the major. All undeclared majors are encouraged to take a course in Career and Personal Exploration (CPU 1100 , 3 units), a First-Year Experience course, or another course recommended by an academic advisor. Transfer and currently enrolled students in declared majors may not switch to an undeclared status. The central office for all undeclared majors is the Undeclared Student Program in the Bronco Advising Center, Building 121, first floor, blue counter, 909-869-4600.

Application Filing Periods

(Not all campuses/programs are open for admission to every term

Terms Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period Filing Period Duration
Fall Semester or Quarter October 1 October 1 - November 30 Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information.
Winter Quarter June 1 June 1 - 30
Spring Semester or Quarter August 1 August 1 - 31

Summer Semester or Quarter

(Most campuses do not admit students to summer term.)

February 1 February 1 - 28

 

Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information. Similar information is conveniently available at https://www.csumentor.edu/filing_status

Applications are accepted during the initial filing period. Cal Poly Pomona may limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the Office of Admissions and Outreach for current information. Admission application deadlines have been established for all semesters. Please refer to the Office of Admissions and Outreach website at https://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/ for specific dates. This website contains the most up-to-date information regarding admissions requirements, deadlines, closures, impaction criteria, and enrollment-related issues. Prospective students should check this website before submitting their applications and throughout their admission process.

Application Acknowledgment

On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the Office of Admissions and Outreach regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Freshmen Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  2. Have a qualifiable minimum eligibility index (see "Eligibility Index"); and
  3. Have completed with grades of C- or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as "a-g" pattern (see "Subject Requirements").

Grade Point Average and Test Score Requirement

Eligibility Index - The eligibility index is the combination of the high school GPA and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPA is based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory "a-g" subject requirements and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.

A CSU eligibility index can be calculated by multiplying a GPA by 800 and adding the total score on the SAT exam (mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing). For students who took the ACT, multiply the GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2950 or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU eligibility index.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes need a minimum index of 3570 or 842 using the ACT. Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU campus to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.  The CSU uses only the ACT composite score, or the mathematics and critical reading scores on the old SAT, or the mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores on the new SAT in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

Subject Requirements - The CSU requires that first-time freshmen applicants complete, with grades of C- or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.

  • 2 years of social science, including 1 year of U.S. history, or U.S. history and government
  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra; for years recommended)
  • 2 years of laboratory science (1 biological and 1 physical, both must have laboratory instruction)
  • 2 years in the same foreign language (other than English; subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • 1 year of visual and performing arts: art, dance, drama/ theater, or music.
  • 1 year of electives: selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language (other than English), visual and performing arts or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list.

Foreign Language Subject Requirement - The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate in a language other than English competence equivalent to or higher than that expected of students who complete two years of foreign language study. Consult with your high school counselor for further information.

Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities - Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements if at all possible. If you are judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of your disability, alternate college preparatory courses may be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by your academic adviser or guidance counselor in consultation with the Director of the Disability Resource Center. For further information and substitution forms, please call the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333.

 

The California Promise

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of CSU campuses to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4-years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in 2-years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

Students who commit to enter either the 4-year or 2-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement. In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan and complete 30 semester units or the quarter equivalent within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other requirements as well. Interested students entering the CSU should contact campus offices or visit https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx

 

High School Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

 

SAT Eligibility Index Table for Non-resident or Non-graduates of California

(A GPA of 3.61 and above qualifies for any score in SAT)

 

GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores
3.60 690 3.30 930 3.01 1170 2.72 1400
3.58 710 3.28 950 2.99 1180 2.70 1410
3.56 730 3.26 970 2.97 1200 2.68 1430
3.54 740 3.24 980 2.95 1210 2.66 1450
3.52 760 3.22 1000 2.93 1230 2.64 1460
3.50 780 3.21 1010 2.91 1250 2.62 1480
3.48 790 3.19 1020 2.89 1260 2.60 1490
3.46 810 3.17 1040 2.87 1280 2.58 1510
3.44 820 3.15 1050 2.85 1290 2.56 1530
3.42 840 3.13 1070 2.83 1310 2.54 1540
3.40 860 3.11 1090 2.82 1320 2.52 1560
3.38 870 3.09 1100 2.80 1330 2.50 1570
3.36 890 3.07 1120 2.78 1350 2.48 1590
3.34 900 3.05 1130 2.76 1370    
3.32 920 3.03 1150 2.74 1380    

 

GPA below 2.47 does not qualify for admission

*For admissions purposes, the CSU uses only the new SAT scores for mathematics and evidence based on reading and writing.

 

SAT Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates or Residents of California

(A GPA 3.00 and above qualifies for any score in SAT)

GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores GPA New SAT Scores
2.99 560 2.73 780 2.48 970 2.23 1170
2.97 580 2.71 790 2.46 990 2.21 1190
2.95 590 2.69 800 2.44 1000 2.19 1200
2.93 610 2.67 820 2.42 1020 2.17 1220
2.91 630 2.66 830 2.40 1030 2.15 1230
2.89 640 2.64 840 2.38 1050 2.13 1250
2.87 660 2.62 860 2.36 1070 2.11 1270
2.85 670 2.60 870 2.34 1080 2.09 1280
2.83 690 2.58 880 2.33 1090 2.07 1300
2.81 710 2.56 910 2.31 1110 2.03 1330
2.79 720 2.54 920 2.29 1120 2.01 1350
2.77 740 2.52 940 2.27 1140    
2.75 760 2.50 950 2.25 1150    

 

GPA below 2.0 does not qualify for admission

*For admissions purposes, the CSU uses only the new SAT score for mathematics and evidence based on reading and writing.

 

ACT Eligibility Index Table of California High School Graduates or Residents of California

(A GPA of 3.00 and above qualifies for any score in ACT)

GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score
2.99 10 2.73 15 2.48 20 2.23 25
2.97 10 2.71 16 2.46 21 2.21 26
2.95 11 2.69 16 2.44 21 2.19 26
2.93 11 2.67 16 2.42 21 2.17 26
2.91 12 2.66 17 2.40 22 2.15 27
2.89 12 2.64 17 2.38 22 2.13 27
2.87 12 2.62 17 2.36 23 2.11 28
2.85 13 2.60 18 2.34 23 2.09 28
2.83 13 2.58 18 2.33 23 2.07 28
2.81 14 2.56 19 2.31 24 2.05 29
2.79 14 2.54 19 2.29 24 2.03 29
2.77 14 2.52 19 2.27 24 2.01 30
2.75 15 2.50 20 2.25 25    

 

GPA below 2.0 does not qualify for admission

 

ACT Eligibility Index Table for Non-resident or Non-gratuate of California

(A GPA of 3.61 and above qualifies for any score in ACT)

GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score GPA ACT Score
3.60 13 3.30 19 3.03 24 2.74 30
3.58 13 3.28 19 3.01 24 2.72 30
3.56 13 3.26 19 2.99 25 2.70 31
3.54 14 3.24 20 2.97 25 2.68 31
3.52 14 3.22 20 2.95 26 2.66 31
3.50 15 3.21 20 2.93 26 2.64 32
3.48 15 3.19 21 2.91 26 2.62 32
3.46 15 3.17 21 2.89 27 2.60 33
3.44 16 3.15 22 2.87 27 2.58 33
3.42 16 3.13 22 2.85 28 2.56 33
3.40 17 3.11 22 2.83 28 2.54 34
3.38 17 3.09 23 2.82 28 2.52 34
3.36 17 3.07 23 2.80 29 2.50 35
3.34 18 3.05 24 2.78 29 2.48 35
3.32 18 3.03 24 2.76 29 2.46 35

 

GPA below 2.45 does not qualify for admission

 

Provisional Admission

Cal Poly Pomona may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all coursework has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to the deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student's first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the university verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have earned a qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory "a-g" subjects and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

Important Requirements for Admitted First-Time Freshmen

  1. Student Intent to Register and Enrollment Deposit-A Student Intent to Register (SIR) response and an enrollment confirmation deposit is now required of all admitted undergraduate applicants. Applicants who respond past the enrollment deposit deadline may be placed on an enrollment waiting list, deferred to a subsequent term or not permitted to register.
  2. EPT/ELM Testing - All undergraduate students enrolling at Cal Poly Pomona must have documentation of exemption or take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test. We encourage students to take the test(s) early, preferably in January or March, but no later than May.
  3. Document Deadlines - Applicants provisionally admitted who do not meet the final document deadline (see http://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/undergraduate/freshmen/after/next-steps.shtml) may have their admission rescinded and may not be eligible to enroll in the fall semester.
  4. Orientation - It is mandatory for all incoming freshmen to attend orientation. Admitted students will receive information (from the Department of Orientation Services) regarding orientation following admission. Freshmen orientation is 3 days/2 nights.

Honors Courses

Grades in up to eight semester courses designated as honors courses in approved subjects and taken in the last two years of high school receive additional points in grade point average calculations. Each unit of A in approved courses will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point; and none for F grades.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate courses designated as honors courses on the UC "a-f" list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school grade point average. Grades of 5 or higher for International Baccalaureate subjects taken at the higher level (HL) may receive university course credit. Subjects taken at the subsidiary/standard level (SL) will not receive credit. If a student has received Advanced Placement credit for a course, IB credit will not be given for the same course.

Test Requirements

Freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter units) of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt (see "Eligibility Index"), from either the ACT or the SAT of the College Board. Persons who apply to an impacted program may be required to submit test scores and should take the test no later than November or December. Test scores also are used for advising and placement purposes. Registration forms and dates for the SAT or ACT are available from school or college counselors or from a CSU campus testing office. Cal Poly Pomona Test Center online, https://www.cpp.edu/~testcenter/. Or, students may contact:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
(609) 771-7588
www.collegeboard.org

ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-1270
www.act.org

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 70-71 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors may require a score higher than 70-71. Applicants taking the Computer Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 195 or above. Some majors and some campuses may require a higher score. A few campuses may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP). Each campus will posts the tests it accepts on its website and will notify students after they apply about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:

  Internet Paper
Undergraduate 61 500
Graduate 80 550

Cal Poly Pomona minimum TOEFL requirements are:

  Internet Paper
Undergraduate 70 525
Graduate 80 550

The TOEFL is not required of applicants who have completed at least three years full-time study at, or possess a Bachelor's degree from, an institution where English is the principal language of instruction.

Transfer Policies of CSU campuses

Most commonly, college-level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.

California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.

"Certification" is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at www.assist.org.

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses, and any or all of the California community colleges and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on www.assist.org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor's degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university's 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90 semester (135 quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.

Undergraduate Transfer Requirements

Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.

Lower-Division Transfer Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student's financial aid status.

California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  • Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirements, respectively;
  • Be in good standing at the last institution attended; and
  • Meet any one of the following eligibility standards.

Transfer Based on Current Admission Criteria

The applicant meets the freshman admission requirements in effect for the term for which the application is filed; - OR -

Transfer Based on High School Eligibility

The applicant was eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation; - OR - Transfer Based on Making Up Missing Subjects

The applicant had a qualifiable eligibility index at the time of high school graduation (combination of GPA and test scores if needed), has made up any missing college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C- or better, and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation.

One baccalaureate-level course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units is usually considered equivalent to one year of high school study.

(Note: Some campuses may require lower-division transfer students to complete specific college coursework, for example the four basic skill courses, as part of their admission criteria.)

Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the admission office to inquire about alternative admission programs.

Lower-division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:

  1. Complete appropriate courses with a C- or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
  2. Complete appropriate college courses with a C- or better. One college course of at least three semester (four quarter units) will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
  3. Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.

Please consult with the CSU campus admission office, to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. Completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade C- or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.

The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses, that meet CSU general education requirements including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) established by the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC students who earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

Credit Awarded Through Associate Degrees for Transfer

When within the Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T), a California Community College awards course equivalency credit for a CSU-approved standardized external examination - and the student's transcript is annotated to reflect the course to which credit was earned by examination - the CSU campus shall accept the course units awarded. These units shall be applied toward the lower-division minimum unit requirement for the CSU degree and, if applicable, toward meeting the minimum unit designation for the CSU major or CSU GE-Breadth requirements.

Provisional Admission Transfer Applicants

Cal Poly Pomona may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college-level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found to be ineligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student's registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.

Important Requirements for Admitted Transfers

  1. Student Intent to Register and Enrollment Deposit-A Student Intent to Register (SIR) response and an enrollment confirmation deposit is now required of all admitted undergraduate applicants. Applicants who respond past the enrollment deposit deadline may be placed on an enrollment waiting list, deferred to a subsequent term or not permitted to register.
  2. Document Deadlines-Applicants provisionally admitted who do not meet the final document deadline (see https://www.cpp.edu/~admissions/undergraduate/transfer/before/requirements-deadlines.shtml) may have their admission rescinded and may not be eligible to enroll in the fall semester.
  3. Orientation-It is mandatory for all incoming transfer students to attend orientation. Admitted students will receive information (from the Department of Orientation Services) regarding orientation following admission. Transfer orientation is a 1-day program.

Articulation

Degree Progress and Evaluation Services, Registrar's Office, produces annual course articulation agreements in consultation with our top feeder community colleges and Cal Poly Pomona academic officials and faculty. Degree Progress and Evaluation Services, Registrar's Office, also contributes information to Project ASSIST, an extensive statewide articulation database at https://www.assist.org.

Early Start Program

The Early Start Program (ESP) serves CSU admitted freshmen who have not demonstrated proficiency in written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning as determined by systemwide placement standards. Participation in the Early Start Program is required for students needing skill development in these areas; students will be expected to enroll in a written communication course or a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course (but not both) during the summer period prior to the start of the fall term. Students required to participate in the Early Start Program may choose to enroll at any CSU campus; the earned baccalaureate credit will be transferred seamlessly to the student's destination campus.

The goal of the Early Start Program is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students' chances of sucessful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) or $5,000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org.

Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study.

More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the CSU require remedial education in English, mathematics or both. EAP provides an early signal to high school officials, students, and families as to where the 11th grader is positioned in relation to college level math and English and often affords an opportunity in 12 grade to address any deficiencies.

Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective, or where approved, may have no program objective. Depending on the objective, the CSU will consider an application for admission as follows:

  • General Requirements-The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post baccalaureate studies at a CSU campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and (4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies may be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

  • Graduate Classified - To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified - Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Classified, e.g. admission to an education credential program - Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified - To enroll in undergraduate courses as preparation for advanced degree programs or to enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program (Most CSU campuses do not offer admission to unclassified post-baccalaureate students).

(These and other CSU admission requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website www.calstate.edu and the CSU admission portal www.calstate.edu/apply are good sources for the most up-to-date information.)

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate English Language Requirement

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 Paper Based, 213 Computer Based, or 79-80 Internet Based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all programs. The minimum TOEFL scores for the MBA and Urban and Regional Planning programs are 580 Paper Based, 237 Computer Based, or 92-93 Internet Based on the TOEFL, respectively. The master's program in English requires a minimum score of 585 Paper Based, 238 Computer Based, or 100 Internet Based on the TOEFL. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an acceptable measure of English Language Proficiency. All graduate students should contact their graduate coordinators in their intended major as requirements may vary. Several CSU campuses may use alternative methods for assessing fluency in English including Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP).

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications.

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of "foreign students." Verification of English proficiency (see the section on English Language Requirement for undergraduate applicants), financial resources, and academic performance are each important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be on file at least ten weeks prior to the beginning of the term applied for, and, if not in English, must be accompanied by certified English translations.

The university's strong curricular orientation toward performance and production well suits the academic needs of not only California but also other nations. For that reason, for decades Cal Poly Pomona as been committed to making an important contribution in the field of international education. Qualified students from all countries are encouraged to apply for admission and should use the following regulations as guidelines.

  1. Application forms can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Outreach. All documents and test scores must be submitted at least ten weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which one is applying.
  2. All applicants must meet admission standards for English language proficiency. Please see section on TOEFL requirement.
  3. Cal Poly Pomona requires that original or certified copies of all original academic documents from non-U.S. institutions be submitted. The required documents include the complete official academic record (showing all course titles, dates taken and grades received), and academic diplomas or certificates awarded. These documents must be in the original language of issue. Official English translations must be provided as well as the official academic credentials in the original language. Applicants who have attended any U.S. institutions must request that official transcripts be sent directly from all of those institutions; certified copies of U.S. transcripts are not acceptable. Applicants to Master's or Credential programs must submit records from all post-secondary education. Applicants for undergraduate programs must submit records from all secondary and post-secondary education.
  4. International students who were granted F or J visas on the basis of their admission to another college or university are expected to complete at least one semester (one quarter) at that institution. Visa students who are transferring from another U.S. college or university will not be considered for admission unless they have earned at least a 2.5 GPA.
  5. Permission to transfer from one school to another must be obtained in accordance with the regulations of the United States Immigration Service.
  6. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requires undergraduate F or J visa students to carry a minimum study load of 12 semester units. Visa students in graduate programs must carry not less than 8 units. International students are required by immigration regulations to be making satisfactory progress towards their educational objective.
  7. All F or J visa students are required to carry health insurance.

Prospective students who wish further visa immigration information should contact the International Student Advisor in the International Center. Prospective international students should direct admission inquiries to the Coordinator of International Admissions in the Office of Admissions and Outreach.

Insurance Requirement

Effective August 1, 1995, as a condition of receiving an I-20 or IAP-66 form, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. It is a requirement of enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona that all F-1 and J-1 visa holders purchase the approved campus health insurance policy. Effective fall quarter 1999, international students on F-1 or J-1 visas will be automatically billed through the Cashier's Office for yearlong health insurance coverage. Students are billed once each academic year for insurance, from the first semester of enrollment to the end of the summer session. The annual premium is around $500.

Cal Poly Pomona does not have provisions for students to waive out of the insurance program. There is no exception to this rule. Further information may be obtained from the International Center, Building 1, Room 104.

High School Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is twenty-five years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Education Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the past five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA or better in all college work attempted.

Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.

Reapplication After Failure to Enroll

Applicants who fail to register for the semester for which they have been accepted will have their admission eligibility canceled. A new application and application fee must then be filed, and admission requirements and deadlines existing for the term of the new application must be met.

All transcripts on file for students who apply but do not attend are kept for two years if the student so requests. These transcripts may be used for admission during that period. However, transcripts of any additional work completed since the original transcripts were filed must be requested by the applicant from the college(s) attended, as part of the new application procedure.

Returning Students

Students who have been absent without prior approval for more than two semesters must apply for readmission. An application fee is charged before re-entry in such cases. An application with fee also must be filed by any student who enrolls elsewhere during an absence, with the following exceptions: (1) a summer session or extension program; (2) dual registration, with prior approval; (3) concurrent or visitor enrollment in another California State University. A student who was disqualified following the last term of attendance and has not been enrolled for more than two semesters must file an application for re-admission as a returning disqualified student.

Immigration regulations for international students who have been absent without prior approval supersede Cal Poly Pomona policy. International students should consult with an International Student Advisor.

Returning students who have previously been enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona but have not been enrolled for five years or more will be required to submit new transcripts from all previous institutions attended in order to be re-admitted. Transcripts from previous institutions attended which are submitted for admissions purposes will not be maintained beyond five years after a student ceases to be enrolled at this institution.

Returning Veterans (Military or Alternative Service)

Students at Cal Poly Pomona entering active U.S. military service or approved alternative service are eligible for continuing student status following active service. Time served in active military or approved alternative service, including the entire semester in which the student entered the service and the entire semester in which he or she was discharged, will not be counted as a break in attendance in determining continuing student status.

Transfer Within State Universities or Colleges

Students enrolled in a California State University are eligible for admission at any other institution in the system, provided they are in good standing. Students on probation at their resident campus may apply for admission as transfer students to another campus in the system, subject to that institution's policy and space availability. A complete application is required, including fee, all official transcripts, and test score reports.

Visitors Within CSU

Matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.Visitor transfers are approved for one term only and are subject to space availability and enrollment priority policies at the host campus. Enrollment as visitor transfers may be repeated after re-enrollment at the home campus. This opportunity may be particularly valuable to students whose educational progress can be enhanced by attending a full summer session at Cal Poly Pomona. Concurrent enrollment (see above) is not permitted during visitor status. Current Cal Poly Pomona students wishing to transfer temporarily to another CSU campus should obtain the appropriate form from the Registrar's Office. Visitor forms are to be approved at the home campus.

Concurrent Enrollment Within CSU

Students enrolled in any California State University may enroll concurrently at another CSU campus if they have completed 12 units at the home campus with a 2.0 grade point average and are in good standing. Concurrent enrollment is approved for a specific term, subject to space availability and registration priority policies at the host campus. Because of overlap in academic terms of campuses on semester and quarter calendars, concurrent enrollment is subject to combinations and conditions described in the concurrent enrollment application forms available from the Registrar's Office, (909) 869-3000. Concurrent enrollment applications are to be approved at the home campus.

International students on visas should consult with the International Student Advisor in the International Center before finalizing plans.

CSU Fully Online

Full-time students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona have access to fully articulated online courses at other semester CSU campuses through Online Concurrent Enrollment (CSU fully online).  This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the other CSU campus, and sometimes without paying additional fees.  Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine how such a course may apply to their degree program, prior to enrolling at another CSU campus.  More information is available through the Registrar's Office website: https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/registration/Concurrent-Enrollment.shtml.

Cross Enrollment at University of California or California Community Colleges

Undergraduate students enrolled in the California State University may enroll, without formal admission and without payment of additional State University Fees, in a maximum of one course per academic term at a campus of either of the other systems on a space available basis and at the discretion of the appropriate campus authorities on both campuses. Enrollment in pre-collegiate courses is excluded.

A student is qualified to cross enroll if the student has met all of the following requirements.

  1. completed at least one term at the home campus as a matriculated student,
  2. enrolled for a minimum of six units for the current term,
  3. earned a grade point average of 2.0 (grade of C) for work completed,
  4. paid appropriate tuition and fees at home campus for the current term,
  5. completed appropriate academic preparation as determined by host campus, and
  6. is a California resident.

Details on cross enrollment conditions and procedures are available from the Office of Admissions and Outreach and/or Registrar's Office.

International students on visas should consult with the International Student Advisor in the International Center before finalizing plans.

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from requirements for establishing residency for other purposes, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency. These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student qualifies to pay university fees at the in-state or out-of-state rate. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements. These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University are California Education Code sections 68000-68086, 68120-68133, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900-41915. This material can be viewed by accessing the California State University's website at www.calstate.edu/GC/resources.shtml

Each campus's Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of that campus's new and returning students based, as applicable, on the student's Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary, other information the student furnishes. A student who fails to provide sufficient information to establish resident status will be classified a nonresident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely in the State of California. An adult who, at least 366 days prior to the residency determination date for the term in which resident status is sought, can demonstrate that both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A student under the age of 19 by the residency determination date derives residency from the parent(s) with whom he/she resides with or most recently resided.

Evidence demonstrating intent to remain in the State of California indefinitely may vary from case to case but will include, and is not necessarily limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and history of actually voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting a residence where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

A nonresident student seeking reclassification is required to complete a Residency Questionnaire that includes questions concerning his/her financial independence. Financial independence is required, in addition to with physical presence and intent to remain in California indefinitely, for reclassification eligibilty. Financial independence is established if in the calendar year the reclassification application is made and in any of the three calendar years preceding the reclassification application the student:

• has not and will not be claimed as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes by his/her parent;
• has not and will not receive more than $750 per year in financial assistance from his/her parent(s); and
• has not lived and will not live longer than six (6) weeks in the home of his/her parent(s).

A nonresident student who has been appointed as a graduate student teaching assistant, a graduate student research assistant, or a graduate student teaching associate on any CSU campus and is employed on a 0.49 or more time basis is exempt from the financial independence requirement.

Non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68085 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906-41906.6, 41910. Whether an exception applies to a particular student cannot be determined before the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because either campus nor Chancellor's Office staff may give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal advisor.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

Semester Term Campuses Quarter Term Campuses
Fall September 20 Fall September 20
Winter* January 5 Winter January 5
Spring January 25 Spring April 1
Summer June 1 Summer July 1

*Applies only to winter term at CSU Stanislaus.

CalState TEACH operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for CalState TEACH are as follows:

Fall September 20
Spring January 5
Summer June 1

A student classified as a nonresident may appeal a final campus decision within 30 days of notification by the campus. Information on the appeal process may be found at http://www.calstate.edu/sas/residency/appeals.shtml  A campus residency classification appeal must be submitted via the InfoReady online Residence Appeal Form to the California State University Chancellor's Office at: https://calstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1760156

Appeals via email, fax and U.S. mail will not be accepted.  A student with a documented disability that prohibits the student from submitting an appeal through the InfoReady site should contact Student Academic Services:

California State Universtiy
Attn:  Student Academic Services

401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
Email:  residencyappeals@calstate.edu

The Chancellor's Office will either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review.

A student incorrectly classified as a resident or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition is subject to reclassification as a nonresident or withdrawal of the exception and subject to payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student may also be subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

A student previously classified as a resident or previously granted an exception is required to immediately notify the Admissions Office if the student has reason to believe that the student no longer qualifies as a resident or no longer meets the criteria for an exception. Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

First-Year Student Residential Requirement

Cal Poly Pomona requires all first-time freshmen who graduated from high schools outside the local area to live in University Housing during their first year on a space available basis. Exemptions from the residential requirement will be considered upon meeting specific criteria. Please refer to the University Housing website at https://cpp.edu/~housing/ for more details.

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C.6109). The university uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the university to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

International applicants who do not have a U.S. social security number should leave the space blank on the application form. The Office of Admissions and Outreach will allocate a student ID number for admission and enrollment purposes. After enrollment at Cal Poly Pomona, international students may apply for and receive a U.S. social security number. If an international student wishes to use that number as the official student ID number (s)he should have the university record updated by the Registrar's Office.

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the CSU establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the university. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the university. 

Admission appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website.

Registration and Student Records

Students may register for up to 16 units.  During the Add/Drop period, a student may seek approval to add units beyond 16, by getting approval on the Petition to Exceed Unit Cap form available on the Registrar's Office webpage.

Registration Process

Registration for courses for continuing students begins in May for a fall semester and in October for a spring semester. Registration appointments for eligible continuing students are available online via BroncoDirect one week prior to the start of the registration period. All registration holds must be cleared prior to registration. Entering students may register for classes as part of their participation in mandatory orientation. Students may register for a maximum of 16 units. Students who have not registered during the earlier Registration period must pay a late registration fee and registration deposit.

Students register online through BroncoDirect. Registration fee bills are posted online following the end of the registration period and fees are due approximately four weeks prior to the start of the semester. Classes will be canceled for students who do not pay fees by the required deadline indicated on the online fee bill.

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester (or quarter) has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Credit for a course is given only when the student has completed the registration process and successfully completes the course. Specific registration and fee payment dates and instructions are available online at https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/. Deadlines are strictly enforced.

Priority Registration

Priority Registration is granted to student groups approved by the Academic Senate each semester.  Certain student groups receive priority registration based on mandated policy governed by federal and state regulations (e.g. military veterans, disability, foster youth, EOP, etc.). 

Credit for Non-Traditional College-Level Work

Advanced Placement Examinations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit. Students may not receive credit for a course for which they already have received credit from an AP examination. IGE students may use AP credit to substitute for a maximum of two courses in the IGE sequence. See the table "College Board Advanced Placement Examination Credit" for information about credit for specific exams. For additional information on Advanced Placement credit contact the Office of Academic Programs, or the Degree Progress and Evaluation Services, Registrar's Office, both located in Building 121.

2019-2020 AP Examination Credit  

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate courses designated as honors courses on the UC "a-f" list are awarded extra grade points for computation of the high school grade point average. Grades of 4 or higher for International Baccalaureate subjects taken at the higher level (HL) may receive up to 9 units of elective course credit at Cal Poly Pomona. Subjects taken at the subsidiary/ standard level (SL) will not receive credit. If a student has received Advanced Placement credit for a course, IB credit will not be given for the same course.

2019-2020 IB Examination Credit  

CLEP Examinations

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona grants credit to those students who pass examinations that have been approved for credit systemwide. This information is subject to change. Contact the Office of Academic Programs, Building 121, for further information.

2019-2020 CLEP  

Credit by Challenge Examination

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at Cal Poly Pomona. Only enrolled undergraduate students may challenge courses. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. A student may not challenge more than 24 semester units worth of coursework.

An approved Petition for Credit by Examination permits regularly enrolled students to obtain university credit for subject matter in which they are especially qualified through nontraditional education or experience. Students must not have previously received credit for any course containing similar or advanced material from the same subject matter field. Students are not permitted to obtain credit by examination unless all prerequisites for the course as specified in the University Catalog have been satisfied. Credit by examination will not be allowed for a course that is a prerequisite of a course which the student has already completed or in which the student is currently enrolled.

Challenge exams shall not be permitted as a means of earning a higher grade in a course. Once a student has enrolled in and earned a grade (passing or failing) in a course, the only way to earn a higher grade is to repeat the course and pay normal course unit fees. A course may be challenged only once.

No student, including resident, out of state, or foreign, shall be permitted by an instructor to sit in a class without enrolling either for audit or credit, and paying appropriate fees. Challenge exam credit will not be given for any course that has been audited. Units of credit received through this procedure may not apply toward the residence requirement for any of the degrees or credentials offered by the university.

A $5 fee per unit is charged for each challenge examination ($25 maximum). The length of the examination will be consistent with the unit value of the course. It may include written, oral, or skills tests, or a combination of all three types and will be sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student has essentially the same knowledge and skills as those students who successfully complete the course are required to possess. Challenge examination credit is entered on the student's permanent record. For courses in the student's major, the credit is a letter grade. Other challenge exam credit is awarded on a CR/NC basis.

Detailed instructions for applying for credit by examination may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

Credit for Non-Collegiate Instruction

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of noncollegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credit for Military Service

Six units of elective credit will be allowed toward a baccalaureate degree for a student with an honorable discharge from the military services of the United States who submits evidence of satisfactory completion of at least one year of active military service. Three of the six units will be applied toward General Education Area E upon successful completion of ENG 1103  or ENG 1101  (or the equivalent).

An additional 9 semester units of elective credit will be allowed toward graduation to any student submitting evidence of receiving a commission in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps. Credit is not given for completion of the six-month reserve training programs or for college level general educational development tests.

Credit for specific courses may be allowed if the student has satisfactorily completed equivalent study in a military service school. The guidelines of the American Council on Education are followed in determining eligibility and approval must be granted by the department teaching the specific course for which credit is sought.

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DANTES/DSST) credit is awarded based on American Council on Education recommendations.

More information regarding transfer credit awarded for military coursework may be found here: https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/transfer-credit/index.shtml.

Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)

Utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, three lower division semester hours for language shall articulate to three semester units in GE Subarea C2b.  The ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training is used to assign academic credit for the specific DLPT.  This ACE online guide organizes foreign language test scores and credit recommendations by language, version of test and modality of language. The Guide then provides lower and upper division credit recommendations based on the DLPT score in the following modalities: listening, reading, and oral.

The following documents shall be accepted to award DLPT GE or course credit:

  • Official Defense Language Institute Foreign Language (DLIFLC) Transcripts
  • Official Joint Services Transcripts (JST)
  • Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) DLPT Examinee Results
  • DA Form 330 Language Proficiency Questionnaire

Credit for Continuing Education Course Work

Students taking more than 24 college level transferable semester units through Cal Poly Pomona or other Continuing Education or Extended Education programs or Open University course work may satisfy a specific course requirement, but only 24 units may be considered by the University as transferable college level work which meets the minimum number of semester units required for a degree.

Calculus and Pre-Calculus Placement Test (ALEKS)

See Mathematics Department for test and placement information.

Math Diagnostic Placement Test (MDPT)

See Mathematics Department for MDPT test and placement information.

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA.Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment.

These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. 

The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.

Assessments and Placement for GE Written Communications

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea A2 English Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test

  • 3 or above: AP Language and Composition
  • 3 or above: AP Composition and Literature

College Transfer Coursework

  • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

English CAASPP/EAP Test:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

*English New SAT Test:

  • 550 or above
  • 510 - 540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better English

ACT Test:

  • 22 or higher
  • 19-21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed approved 12 grade year-long English course (AP, CSU ERWC, Weighted Honors English)
  • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
  • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

*English New SAT Test:

  • 510 - 540 and 4 or more years of high school English

ACT Test:

  • 19-21 and 4 or more years of high school English

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted GPA 3.0 or above and 4 or more years of high school English
  • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT):

         https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program.  Visit the Early Start Page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Disciplines, Non-STEM and Undecided Majors)

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above: Calculus AB
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the following criteria:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

*New SAT Math Test:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

  • 23 or above
  • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • *SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

High School GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math- Intensive Majors

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

Advanced Placement (AP) Test:

  • 3 or above on AP Calculus AB
  • 3 or above on AP Calculus BC
  • 3 or above on AP Statistics
  • 3 or above on AP Computer Science Principles

International Baccalaureate (IB) Test:

  • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

  • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

College Transfer Coursework:

  • Completed math/quantitative reasoning college course with a C- or better that satisfies CSU GE Area B4

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via one of the criteria below:

CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:

  • Standard Exceeded
  • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

*New SAT Math Test:

  • 570 or above
  • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
  • 520 - 560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

ACT Math Test:

  • 23 or above
  • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a C- or better

High School Courses and GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with a grade of C- or better
  • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
  • SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT): https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/ Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

The student has met examination standards and/or multiple measures- informed standards via the criteria below:

High School Math GPA:

  • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required

Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program.  Visit the Early Start page to learn about the Early Start Program.

Concurrent Enrollment

Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment Program: the California State University allows a student to be enrolled at more than one CSU campus concurrently as long as full fees have been paid at the home campus. For requirements, procedures and forms inquire at the Registrar's Office.

Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs

Fully matriculated students enrolled at any CSU campus have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses/programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and in most cases without paying additional fees. Students should consult their home campus academic advisors to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.

There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from the Registrar's Office.

CSU Fully Online Courses - Matriculated students in good standing may request enrollment in one course per term, offered by a CSU host campus. Enrollment requsts will be granted based on available space, as well as completion of any stated pre-requisites. Credit earned at the host campus is electronically reported to the student's home campus to be inlcuded on the student's transcript at the home campus.

CourseMatch - Full-time students enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona have access to fully articulated online courses at other semester CSU campuses through Online Concurrent Enrollment (CourseMatch).  This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the other CSU campus, and sometimes without paying additional fees.  Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine how such a course may apply to their degree program, prior to enrolling at another CSU campus.  More information is available through the Registrar's Office website at: https://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/registration/Concurrent-Enrollment.shtml.

CSU Visitor Enrollment - Matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.

Intersystem Cross Enrollment - Matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a "space available" basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.

Maximum Unit Load

The maximum number of units an undergraduate student normally takes in any one semester is 18 including audited courses and concurrent or dual work at other colleges or universities. Students may register during General Registration for up to 16 units; additional units may be added during the Add/Drop period. The normal maximum course load for graduate students is 8 units.

Adding or Dropping Classes

Registered students who do not appear in class the first day of the semester may be dropped from the class roll by the instructor. However, the responsibility for properly dropping classes ultimately rests with each student. Students who do not drop a scheduled class which they are not attending are subject to receiving a failing grade. Visit the Student Accounting and Cashiering Services online at http://www.cpp.edu/~student-accounting/ regarding refund of fees.

Classes may be added or sections changed through the last day of the Add/Drop period. Students may drop a class without penalty (no entry on student's record) through the last day of Add/Drop. After the third week of instruction, students may petition to drop a class only for serious and compelling reasons. Permission to drop during this time period will be granted only with the approval of the professor and the student's major department chair and college dean. All requests for permission to drop under these circumstances and all approvals will be made in writing on a petition to drop. A statement of the reason(s) for dropping is required. For a class dropped during this period, a "W" grade will automatically be recorded. Beginning fall 2009, students are not permitted to have more than 18 units of W grades in classes unless there are circumstances clearly beyond the student's control.

Dropping of classes shall not be permitted during the final four weeks of instruction except in cases in which the reason is due to circumstances clearly beyond the student's control. Such drops may be approved for the following reasons: emotional disturbance which requires professional consultation; serious illness or accident resulting in considerable loss of time; and/or financial difficulty or other personal problems of a serious nature which require withdrawal from the university or reduction in load (verification may be required). Failure in a class is not an acceptable reason for withdrawing. Ordinarily dropping of classes during this time period will involve total withdrawal from the university.

If a student does not have a validated withdrawal petition on file in the Registrar's Office, the "W" grade will not appear on the final grade report. The administrative grade of "WU" or "F" will be shown. For explanation of these grading symbols, see catalog section "Grading System." Students may improve their GPA, as a consequence of receiving a "WU" or "F", by formally repeating the course. See "Repeated Course Policy."

Drops - Instructor Initiated

It is a student's responsibility to ensure that he/she has been dropped from a class by following the appropriate procedures within the given time period for each semester. Students should attend the first class meeting available to them after they register for the class or drop the class if they do not plan to attend. If a student is absent without prior notification, the instructor (or department office) may then administratively drop the student from the class. Students are cautioned never to depend on this faculty option, but to take responsibility for appropriately dropping the class. An instructor may also administratively drop a student who does not meet prerequisite requirements for the course. These administrative drops shall be without penalty and initiated by the instructor using the online administrative drop process. no later than the end of the tenth day of instruction.

Limited Enrollment-Courses Open to Majors Only

Because of impaction in certain academic majors, enrollment in courses within these programs may be limited to approved majors only. Certain exceptions are possible with written permission of the instructor and the department chair by an academic petition.

Auditing Courses

Auditing a course is attending a class for no credit. A student must be registered and must have paid fees in order to audit a course. Audited courses must be included on the student's official program of study and they are designated by AU beside the course unit listing. A special audit card must also be signed by the instructor and returned to the Registrar's Office by the appropriate deadline. No exceptions to this policy are permitted.

Courses may be added for audit only during the add period (first through fifth day). There is no preregistration to audit a course. Once a student has decided to audit a course or take a course for credit, the student cannot switch this status. The student's college dean must approve the decision for a student who has audited a class to subsequently repeat that course for credit.

Holding of Records

Student records may be placed on a hold status because of financial or other obligations to the university. Having a hold status is denoted by a negative service indicator in the student information system. Depending on the severity of the hold, registration, grades, confirmation of graduation, transcripts, and accounts receivable may be affected. Students may view their registration-related holds online at https://broncodirect.cms.cpp.edu. It is the responsibility of the student to clear a registration hold, or service indicator, prior to attempting to register. Other types of holds will be noted in the student record file and it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill hold obligations prior to receiving certain services within the university. All holds are cleared by the department that issued the service indicator. Legal authority for these actions is cited in Sections 42380 and 42381 of Title V of the California Code of Regulations.

Transfer to Other Institutions

A student who plans to transfer from this university to another college or university, should, at the earliest possible date, request that a transcript of record be forwarded by the Registrar's Office (see "Fees and Expenses Schedule" for charges) to the new institution. Evaluation of transcripts will be made by the new institution.

Leave of Absence (Planned Educational Leave)

When a student finds it necessary to interrupt progress toward a degree for a reason related to the educational objective and acceptable to the appropriate university authorities, the student may be granted a leave of absence. A student on leave of absence may, upon return from the leave, continue in the same program that the student had prior to the leave, and the student retains the right to elect requirements in effect at the time of entrance or re-entrance into the curriculum. Only students in good standing are eligible for a leave of absence.

A leave of absence will be granted when the student has filed an approved petition with the Registrar's Office. The leave petition, which must be approved by the department chair, or graduate coordinator and school dean, shall specify the reasons for the leave and the duration of the leave. A student granted a leave of absence has a commitment from the university to be reinstated in good standing. This commitment must be validated by a written notice of return from leave for the semester of return specified in the leave application submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than two weeks prior to the prescheduling of continuing students for that semester.

The reason for requesting a leave must be stated completely and clearly. Students may petition for a leave of absence for such reasons as: professional or academic opportunities, like travel or study abroad, employment related to educational goals and major fields of study, or participation in field study or research projects; medical reasons, including pregnancy, major surgery, or other health-related circumstances; and financial reasons, such as the necessity to work for a specified period in order to resume study with adequate resources. Approval will depend upon the significance of the leave in furthering the student's educational objective. It is the student's responsibility to demonstrate the significant relationship between the leave of absence and the progress toward the educational objective. Leaves may be granted for a maximum of two years or four consecutive semesters. A request for leave of absence must be filed prior to the period of absence. Retroactive leave requests will not be approved.

Failure to return from leave as specified in the approved petition will be considered withdrawal from the university. Under such circumstances, re-enrollment will require a full application for readmission under the same circumstances as any new or returning applicant including enrollment in the curriculum in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Students may "stop-out" without filing for a leave of absence if the absence does not exceed one semester.

International students are reminded that immigration laws governing their visas generally do not allow them to take advantage of the "stop-out" university policy. International students should always consult with the International Student Advisor before attempting a leave of absence.

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal from the Institution

Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the university's official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal university procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from the Registrar's Office, Building 121 (Student Services Building), 3rd floor. Students who withdraw from the semester after the third week of classes will receive a "W" on their permanent records.

Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with their financial advisor prior to withdrawing from the university regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.

If a student is unable to withdraw from the university in person due to "serious and compelling" or "emergency" reasons and is unable to have a friend or relative obtain the necessary signatures, she/he should contact his/her respective academic department for assistance. Current documentation explaining the nature of the student's inability to come to campus to process the Withdrawal Petition, as well as documentation to support the serious and compelling or emergency situation, is required. Upon receiving such documentation, staff from the student's academic department will seek the appropriate signatures and, if approved, submit the Withdrawal Petition to the Registrar's Office.

International students should consult with the International Student Advisor as to immigration regulations related to this university policy.

Undergraduate Enrollment Priorities

Students are assigned registration appointments for each registration period. Students who have been awarded priority by the Academic Senate are assigned appointments prior to the beginning of the registration period. Registration appointments for postbaccalaureate students normally begin on the first day of registration. Undergraduates are assigned appointments based on the number of units completed and applicable toward the CPP degree.

Curriculum Deviation

Although the university has specified a program of courses for each major, under certain conditions a student may be permitted to deviate from the established curriculum. Information regarding requests to deviate from the curriculum may be obtained from the student's adviser.

Full-Time Equivalent and Full-time Student

Enrollment in the California State University is measured in full-time equivalent (FTE) students. One FTE is the equivalent of 15 units of student course credit taken by one or more students. One FTE could represent one student carrying 15 course-units, three students each carrying five course-units, five students each carrying three course-units, or any other student/course-unit combinations the product of which equals 15 course-units. The university's FTE enrollment is the total course-units taken by all students divided by 15.

FTE is not related to full-time student status. An undergraduate student is considered full-time for such purposes as veterans' benefits, social security benefits, athletic eligibility and other financial aids when enrolled for 12 units of credit. A full-time student is not necessarily a full-time equivalent (FTE) student. Graduate students and some, but not all, categories of postbaccalaureate students are considered full-time for many purposes when they are enrolled for nine units.

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C.1232g) (FERPA) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students' privacy in their records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus, and the release of those records. FERPA provides that the campus must give students access to most records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to correct the records if the student claims they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under this law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade as determined by the instructor. FERPA generally requires the campus to obtain a student's written consent before releasing personally identifiable data pertaining to the student. The campus has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of FERPA and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained from the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services. Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures is: 1) the student records maintained and the information they contain; 2) the campus official responsible for maintaining each  record; 3) the location of access lists indicating persons requesting or receiving information from the record; 4) policies for reviewing and expunging records; 5) student access rights to their records; 6) procedure for challenging the content of student records; and 7) the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education. The Department of Education has established an office and review board to investigate complaints and adjudicate violations. The designated office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

FERPA authorizes the campus to release "directory information" pertaining to students. "Directory information" may include the student's name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution the student attended. The campus may release this "directory information" at any time unless the campus has received prior written objection from the student specifying the information the student requests not be released. Written objections must be sent to the Registrar's Office.

The following conditions must be met:

  • The designated faculty advisor must sign a statement of responsibility regarding the privacy rights of students.
  • Mailing labels are provided directly to the designated faculty advisor.
  • Students within the organization may prepare material, but only faculty or staff having a legitimate educational interest may assist with the addressing of the prepared material for mailing.
  • An authorized faculty or staff member mails the material.

The campus is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests in such access. These persons have responsibilities in the campus's academic, administrative or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records will be disclosed to the CSU Chancellor's Office to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services on behalf of the CSU.Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g. as part of the accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).

Fees and Expenses

Schedule of Tuition and Fees, 2018-19

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after tuition or fees are initially charged or initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester (or quarter) has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor, or the presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide tuition will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees for both semester and quarter campuses that were authorized by the Board of Trustees at the March 2017 meeting.  These rates are subject to change.

All Students

Application fee (nonrefundable), payable online at the time of application via credit card, e-check or PayPal: $55

2018-19 Basic Tuition

Units Per Semester Per Quarter
 Undergraduate Tuition    
  6.1 or more $2,871 $1,914
  0 to 6.0 $1,665 $1,110
     
 Credential Program Tuition     
  6.1 or more $3,330 $2,220
  0 to 6.0 $1,932 $1,288
     
 Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Tuition    
  6.1 or more $3,588 $2,392
  0 to 6.0 $2,082 $1,388

2018-19 Doctorate Tuition *

  Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Audiology  All Students $7,317   $14,742
 Education  All Students $5,919 $3,946 $11,838
 Nursing Practice  All Students $7,635   $15,270
 Physical Therapy  All Students $8,598  

$17,19

*Applicable term tuition applies for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total college year tuition cannot exceed the academic year plus summer term tuition. The summer term tuition for the education doctorate at quarter campuses is equal to the per semester tuition listed in the table. Total tuition for the education doctorate over the college year equals the per academic year tuition plus the per semester tuition for the summer term at all CSU campuses.

 

2018-19 Graduate Business Professional Fee

  Semester Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $270 $180

The graduate business professional fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Accountancy
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business Administration
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Health Care Management
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business and Technology
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Information Systems
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Taxation

Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident tuition (in addition to basic tuition and systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

  Semester Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $396 $264

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for payment of student tuition and fees but may be subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Schedule of Tuition and Fees, 2019-20

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Tuition and fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU reserves the right, even after payments are made, to increase or modify any listed tuition or fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide tuition, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester (quarter) has begun. All CSU-listed tuition and fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the chancellor, or the presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide tuition will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

The following reflects applicable systemwide tuition and fees for both semester and quarter campuses. These rates are subject to change.

All Students

Application fee (nonrefundable), payable online at the time of application via credit card, e-check or PayPal: $55

2019-20 Basic Tuition

Units Per Semester Per Quarter
 Undergraduate Tuition Fee    
  6.1 or more $2,871 $1,914
  0 to 6.0 $1,665 $1,110
     
 Credential Program Tuition Fee     
  6.1 or more $3,330 $2,220
  0 to 6.0 $1,932 $1,288
     
 Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Tuition Fee    
  6.1 or more $3,588 $2,392
  0 to 6.0 $2,082 $1,388

2019-20 Doctorate Tuition*

  Units Per Semester Per Quarter Per Academic Year
 Audiology All Students $7,371   $14,742
 Education  All Students $5,919 $3,946 $11,838
 Nursing Practice  All Students $7,635   $15,270
 Physical Therapy  All Students $8,598   $17,196

*Applicable term tuition applies for campuses with special terms, as determined by the campus. Total college year tuition cannot exceed the academic year plus summer term tuition. The summer term tuition for the education doctorate at quarter campuses is equal to the per semester tuition listed in the table. Total tuition for the education doctorate over the college year equals the per academic year tuition plus the per semester tuition for the summer term at all CSU campuses.

2019-20 Graduate Business Professional Fee

  Semester Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $270 $180

The graduate business professional fee is paid on a per unit basis in addition to basic tuition and campus fees for the following graduate business programs:

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Accountancy
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business Administration
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Health Care Management
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Business and Technology
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Information Systems
Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Taxation

Nonresident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Nonresident tuition (in addition to basic tuition and other systemwide fees charged all students) for all campuses:

  Semester Quarter
 Charge Per Unit $396 $264

The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Mandatory systemwide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Students are charged campus fees in addition to tuition and systemwide fees. Information on campus fees can be found by contacting the individual campus(es).

Credit Cards

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards may be used for payment of student tuition and fees but may be subject to a non-refundable credit card processing fee.

Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student association fee and a student center fee, may be established. A student association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The campus president may adjust the student association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose. The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus president containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the university. Student association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum as established by Executive Order 1102, Section III. The campus president may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus president. The president may adjust campus-based mandatory fees but must request the chancellor to establish a new mandatory fee. The president shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor's Office at (562) 951-4560.

Refund of Tuition and Mandatory Fees, Including Nonresident Tuition

Regulations governing the refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, for students enrolling at the California State University are included in Section 41802 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. For purposes of the refund policy, mandatory fees are defined as those systemwide and campus fees that are required to be paid in order to enroll in state-supported academic programs at the CSU. Refunds of fees and tuition charges for self-support, special session, and extended education programs or courses at the CSU are governed by a separate policy established by the university, available at https://www.ceu.cpp.edu/about_us/registrationpolicies.html.

In order to receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees, less an administrative charge established by the campus, including nonresident tuition, a student must cancel registration or drop all courses prior to the first day of instruction for the term. Information on procedures and deadlines for canceling registration and dropping classes is available at https://dsa.cpp.edu/registrar/Registration.asp.

For state-supported semesters, quarters, and non-standard terms or courses of four weeks or more, a student who withdraws during the term in accordance with the university's established procedures or drops all courses prior to campus-designated drop period will receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, based on the portion of the term during which the student was enrolled. No student withdrawing after the 60 percent point in the term will be entitled to a refund of any mandatory fees or nonresident tuition.

A student who, within the campus designated drop period and in accordance with campus procedures, drops units resulting in a lower tuition and/or mandatory fee obligation shall be entitled to a refund of applicable tuition and mandatory fees less an administrative charge established by the campus.

For state-supported non-standard terms or courses of less than four weeks, no refunds of tuition and mandatory fees including nonresident tuition will be made unless a student cancels registration or drops all classes, in accordance with the university's established procedures and deadlines, prior to the first day of instruction for state-supported non-standard terms or courses to prior to the first meeting for courses of less than four weeks.

Students will also receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees, including nonresident tuition, under the following circumstances:

  • The tuition and fees were assessed or collected in error;
  • The course for which the tuition and fees were assessed or collected was cancelled by the university;
  • The university makes a delayed decision that the student was not eligible to enroll in the term for which tuition and mandatory fees were assessed and collected and the delayed decision was not due to incomplete or inaccurate information provided by the student; or
  • The student was activated for compulsory military service.

Students who are not entitled to a refund as described above may petition the university for a refund demonstrating exceptional circumstances and the chief financial officer of the university or designee may authorize a refund if he or she determines that the fees and tuition were not earned by the university.

Information concerning any aspect of the refund of fees may be obtained from Amy Cher, Coordinator of Student Accounting, at (909) 869-2011.

Refunds for students receiving financial aid will be determined according to federal, state, and University guidelines. Detailed information concerning financial aid policies for refunds may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. Information concerning refund of fees and forms may be obtained at Student Accounts/Cashier Services. All refund requests are processed according to the deadlines posted each semester.

Nonresident Tuition Fee Waiver

California school district employees who are not yet legal residents of California may be exempted from the nonresident tuition fee if they are provisionally certificated, employed full-time by a school district in a position requiring certification, and if they are working toward fulfilling regular California credential requirements or completing a fifth year of study.

Children or spouses of the California State University employees are also eligible to apply for exemption from the nonresident fee.

Expenses (Estimated)

A student enrolling under the auspices of an agency supplying educational assistance should check in advance with the agency representative regarding payment of fees and/or costs.

The total cost for students living away from home will vary. However, typical costs will amount to approximately $20,500 for a three-quarter school year, excluding personal and transportation expenses.

Total expenses for nonresident and foreign students will be higher, as they will include tuition fees not required of legal California resident students.

Typical On-Campus Expenses for 2019-2020 Semester

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI membership fee, not a state fee)
  Summer 2019 $7.56
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $61.70
State University Fee
  Undergraduate  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$1,665.00
$2,871.00
  Credential  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$1,932.00
$3,300.00
  Graduate  
       0-6.0 units
     6.1 and over
$2,082.00
$3,588.00
  Education Doctorate  
       All Students $5,919.00
Bronco Student Center (STU) Fee  
  Summer 2019 $181.50
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $393.73
Parking $231.00
Health Fee  (HFF) Medical Facility
  Summer 2019 $3.00
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $3.00
Student Health Fee
  Summer 2019 $130.94
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $130.94
Instructionally Related Fee (IRA)
  Summer 2019 $0.00
  Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 $20.00

*A Student Success Fee of $217.84 will apply to only Doctorates in the summer session. Totaling $540.84 (217.84+323.00).

ASI and BSC fees are subject to annual inflationary adjustments. Provision should be made for personal expenses which average $350 per semester.

The student majoring in one of the environmental design disciplines should be prepared for expenditures that are somewhat greater than average. Experience has indicated that students spend from $150 to $250 per semester for materials, equipment, and supplies during their initial year as environmental design students.

Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay a fee or a debt owed to the institution, including tuition and student charges, the institution may "withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt" until the debt is paid (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381).

Prospective students who register for courses offered by the university are obligated for the payment of charges and fees associated with registration for those courses. Failure to cancel registration in any course for an academic term prior to the first day of the academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay student charges and fees including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.

The institution may withhold permission to register or to receive official transcripts of grades or other services offered by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.

If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact Student Accounting 38 Cashiering Services. Student Account 38 Cashiering Services will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions.

FEE WAIVERS AND EXEMPTIONS

The California Education Code provides for the waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition fees summarized below:

Section 66025.3 - Military Dependent eligible to receive assistance under Article 2 of Chapter 4 of Division 4 of the Military and Veterans Code; child of any veteran of the United States military who has a service - connected disability, has been killed in service, or has died of a service - connected disability, and meets specified inconme provisions; dependent, or surviving spouse who has not remarried of any member of the California National Guard who  who is totally service connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard while in the active service of the state, or is permanently disabled as a result of an event that occured while in the active service of the state; and any undergraduate student who is a child of a recipient of a Medal of Honor who is no more than 27 years old, who meets the income restriction and California residency requirement.  

Foster Youth

Current or former foster youth who are 25 years of age or younger; have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age; meet one of the following: is under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court, was under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age, or was adopted, or entered guardship, from foster care; completes and submits the Free Application  for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); maintains a minimum grade point average and meets the conditions necessary to be in good standing at the campus; and meets the financial need requirements established for Cal Grant A awards. The waiver of of tuition or fees under this section applies only to a person who is determined to be a resident of California pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 68000) of Part 41 of the Califonia Education Code.

Section 66602 - A qualifying student from the California State University who is appointed by the Governor to serve as Trustee of the California State University for the duration of his or her term of office.

Section 68120 - Surviving spouse or child of a deceased resident who was employed by a public agency, or was a contractor or an employee of a contractor, performing service for a public agency, and was killed or died as a result of an industrial injury or illness arising out of and int he course of the performance of his/her principal duties of active law enforcement or active fire suppression and prevention duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships). Additionally, a person who qualifies for the waiver under this section as a surviving child of a contractor or of an employee of a contractor, who performed services for a public agency must have enrolled as an undergraduate student at the California State University and meets income restriction requirement.

Section 68121 - A qualifying student enrolled in an undergraduate program who is the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Government codeSection 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001.

Students who may qualify for the above benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

The California Education Code provides for the following nonresident tuition exemptions as summarized below:

Section 68075 - A student who is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in this state, except a member of the Armed Forces assigned for educational purposes to a state-supported institution of higher education, is entitled to resident classification only for the purpose of determining the amount of tuition and fees.

If that member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is in attendance at an institution is thereafter transferred on military order to a place outside this state where the member continues to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, he or she shall not lose his or her resident classification so long as he or she remains continuously enrolled at that instituion.

Section 68075.7 - A nonresident student is exempt from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that is exclusively applicable to nonresident students if the student (1) resides in California, (2) meets the definition of "covered individual" as defined in either (A) Section 3679(c)(2)(A) or (B)(ii)(I) of Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017 or (B) Section 3679(c)(2)(B)(i) or (ii)(II) or Title 38 of the United States Code, as that provision read on January 1, 2017, and (3) is eligible for education benefits under either the federal Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (30 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill program (38 U.S.C. § 3301 et seq.) as each read on January 1, 2017.

Section 68122 - A student who is a victim of trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who has been granted T or U visa status (respectively under Section 1101(a)(15)(T)(i) or (ii), or Section 1101(a)(15)(U)(i) or (ii), of Title 8 of the United States Code) shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition to the same extent as individuals who are admitted to the United States as refugees under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.

Section 68130.5  - A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien (8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)), who is not a resident of California is exempt from paying nonresident tuition if the student meets the requirements of (1) through (4), below:

(1) Satisfaction of the requirements of either subparagraph (A) or subparagraph (B): (A) A total attendance of, or attainment of credits earned while in California equivalent to, three or more years of full-time attendance or attainment of credits at any of the following:  (i) California high schools. (ii) California high schools established by the State Board of Education, a unified school district or high school district, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (subject to the class hours' requirement).  (iv) Campuses of the California Community Colleges (subject to the credit requirements). (v) A combination of those schools set forth in clauses (i) to (iv), inclusive. (B) Three or more years of full-time high school coursework, and a total of three or more years of attendance in California elementary schools, California secondary schools, or a combination of California elementary and secondary schools. (2) Satisfaction of any of the following:  (A) Graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof. (B) Attainment of an associate degree from a campus of the California Community Colleges. (C) Fulfillment of the minimum transfer requirements established for the California State University for students transferring from a campus of the California Community Colleges. (3) Registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, an accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester (quarter) of the 2001-02 academic year. (4) In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

Average Support Cost Per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2018/19 budget amounts were $3,627,143,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $22.5 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,479,020,000 from gross tuition revenue $639,084,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,745,247,000. The 2018/19 resident FTES target is 364,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,416 for a total of 388,547 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

 

 2018/19

Amount

 

Average Cost per FTES

 

Percentage

 State Appropriation (GF)1

3,627,143,000

 

9,961

 

55.4%

 Gross Tuition Fee Revenue2

2,479,020,000

 

6,380

 

35.5%

 Other Fees Revenue2

639,084,000

 

1,645

 

9.1%

Total Support Cost

6,745,247,000   17,986   100%

 1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2018/19; GF is divisible by resident students only (364,131 FTES)

  2Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts  submitted in campus August 2018/19 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (388,547 FTES).

The average CSU 2018/19 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,303 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,561 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Cal Poly Pomona offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist students with college costs. Grants, work opportunities, loans and scholarships totaling more than $205 million are funded each year through federal, state, private and University sources. The following information describes three different types of resources: (1) aid programs for students with financial need; (2) academic or merit scholarships awarded without consideration of need; and (3) alternative financing options available to students and parents. Seventy-five percent of Cal Poly Pomona's students receive aid through one or more of these options.

Although every effort is made to present the most accurate and up-to-date information, this information is subject to change due to alterations in federal, state, University or lender policy or procedures. For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Staff members are available to assist both students and parents in obtaining the maximum resources available.

The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at https://www.sss.gov.

International students are ineligible to apply for any form of U.S. government financial aid. International students should pursue private sources of financial aid, including institutional aid from Cal Poly Pomona colleges and departments. The International Center administers a scholarship and no-interest program for international students as well.

Need-Based Programs

Qualifications: To receive aid through the need-based grant, loan and/or employment programs, students must (1) have financial need; (2) have a high school diploma or a GED; (3) be enrolled as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program; (4) be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen: (5) have a social security number: (6) make satisfactory academic progress; and (7) register with the Selective Service, if required.

Financial need is determined by comparing the student's total educational costs with the amount the student's family can reasonably be expected to contribute. Total educational costs include fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses.

Costs vary depending on the student's residency status, number of credits, room and board arrangements, as well as the choices they make concerning personal and transportation expenses.

Each student's family contribution is based on the student's income and assets, parents' income and assets (if applicable), family size, number of family members attending college, etc. This information is provided by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is used in a formula, established by the U.S. Congress to determine the student's financial need, as follows:


-
=
Total cost of education
 Expected family contribution
 Amount of financial need

Application Process for Need-Based Programs

Students applying for need-based financial aid must complete the following steps:

Step 1 (The Application)

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Cal Poly Pomona's school code number, 001144. Students may apply online https://www.fafsa.ed.gov. California residents who wish to apply for a Cal Grant must also complete a GPA Verification Form. The FAFSA and GPA Verification Form are available October 1 at all high schools and colleges in California.

New students should not wait to be admitted to the University to apply for financial aid. The earlier the application, the better the chance that funds will be available. Students must reapply for aid each year. Students should complete this application as early as possible after October 1, but no later than the priority filing deadline of March 2.

Step 2 (Request for Documents)

Approximately four weeks after the FAFSA is filed, the central processing center will send a Student Aid Report (SAR) to the student and electronically transfer the application to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Upon review of the information included on the FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will notify applicants if any additional information is needed (e.g., copies of federal tax returns, transcripts, etc.).

Step 3 (Application Review and Awarding)

As application files are completed and reviewed by the Financial Aid staff, students are notified by e-mail of their eligibility for financial aid. Students who qualify will receive a Financial Aid Offer letter outlining the types and amounts of awarded financial aid. Information is also provided at that time giving details about maintaining eligibility and the disbursement of aid. Typically, aid is disbursed at the beginning of each semester. Financial Aid awards are based on full-time units (12 units or more). Some financial aid is adjusted if the student is enrolled in less than full-time units. Adjustments are made for two-semester time (9-11 units), half-time (6-8 units), and less than half-time (1-5 units). Some aid types are not available for less than half-time enrollment.

New applicants for Cal Grants will be notified by the California Student Aid Commission of their eligibility for Cal Grants; renewal recipients will be notified by the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Types of Need-Based Programs

Eligible students are offered a "package" which may consist of a combination of grants, work opportunities, and loans. Awards are based on each student's eligibility and the availability of funds at the time the aid application is received and completed.

The following programs are available to students who qualify for need-based assistance:

Grants (Aid that does not have to be repaid)

Federal Pell Grant is a grant for students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Students seeking a teacher credential are eligible to apply for the Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant for students with exceptional financial need. Recipients must be eligible for the Pell Grant.

Cal Grants A and B are state grants awarded to California residents on the basis of financial need and grade point average. Initial awards are determined by the California Student Aid Commission. Renewal awards are determined by Cal Poly Pomona based on state criteria.

Cal Grant A awards are for fees.

Cal Grant B awards cover fees and provide a monthly living allowance. Freshman recipients receive a living allowance; beginning with the sophomore year, recipients receive funds for both fees and living allowance.

Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) is a state grant for undergraduate students who meet specified need criteria and are admitted to the University through EOP.

State University Grant (SUG) is a state grant for the tuition/fees for California resident undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Cal Grant recipients are not eligible for SUG.

Cal Poly Pomona Grant (CPP) is a university grant for undergraduate students to assist with payment of fees.

Loans (Aid that has to be repaid)

Federal Direct Stafford Loan is a federal loan for undergraduate and graduate students. The award ranges from $500 to the maximum shown below.

 Freshman $3,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Sophomore $4,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Other Undergraduate $5,500 $2,000 Unsubsidized
 Graduate   $20,500 Unsubsidized only

Independent undergraduate students and may qualify for additional unsubsidized loan eligibility with Parent Plus credit denial as follows:

 Freshman/Sophomore $4,000
 Other Undergraduate $5,000

The current interest rate is fixed at 4.45% for undergraduate students and 6.0% for graduate students. Repayment of principal begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. For students who have financial need, the loan is subsidized, and the government pays the interest while the student is in school. For students who do not have financial need, the loan is unsubsidized and students make interest only payments while in school or defer payment of the interest until repayment of the principal begins.

Employment (Aid that has to be earned)

Federal Work Study is a federally subsidized program through which students earn funds for educational expenses. Work opportunities are both on and off campus and include positions in research, tutoring, community service, administration and office operations, computing and library services and more. Awards range from $1,500 to $3,000.

Academic and Merit Scholarships

Scholarships are offered through Cal Poly Pomona as well as several organizations, businesses and community groups that are external to the university. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent, and/or community service. Financial need is a criterion for some, but not all, scholarships. Eligibility criteria, application procedures, and deadlines may vary by program.

Cal Poly Pomona scholarships are available through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, the academic colleges and campus departments.

To be considered for the awards administered through each of these sources, students must apply through the following sources:

Applications from incoming freshmen for the Honors Fellows Program must be submitted no later than January 31. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.Reference material is located in the Financial Aid Lobby located on the third floor of the CLA Tower. Additional scholarship information is available on the Cal Poly Pomona's Financial Aid website.

The President's Council Scholars Program

This program, established in 1983, recognizes the academic and extracurricular excellence of selected Cal Poly Pomona students. Funded by private contributions from members of the President's Council, this award provides $1,500 in scholarships each year to over ten students. President's Council Scholars are invited to participate in several special activities throughout the year. One student is selected from each of the University's six academic colleges, the Collins College of Hospitality Management, and the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

To be eligible, students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.5, be either a junior or senior at the beginning of the academic year of the award, and must attend Cal Poly Pomona throughout the year of the award. Financial need is not a criterion for this award.

Applications will be mailed to eligible students in February, for the following academic year.

The Honors Fellows Program (formerly Kellogg Scholars Program)

This program, established in 1995, recognizes and rewards the academic excellence and outstanding achievement of high school seniors graduating from California high schools.

Honors Fellows receive a four-year, renewable scholarship for fees and a reduction in room charges for each year they choose to live on campus.

Applicants must complete the application for admission to Cal Poly Pomona by November 30, have earned an unweighted high school grade point average of 3.75 or better, and plan to enroll as a first-time freshman at Cal Poly Pomona on a full-time basis beginning the fall of the academic year of the award. Final selection is based on a review of grade point average, strength of academic program, rank in class, leadership, community and work experience. Financial need is not a criterion for this award.

The university scholarship application is required for initial consideration as a candidate and application/transcripts must be submitted by January 31. Final award decision will be made by April 1.

Information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Kellogg Honors College.

Fee Waivers

The California Education Code includes provisions for the waiver of mandatory systemwide fees as follows:

Section 66025.3 - Qualifying children, spouses/registered domestic partners, or unmarried surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of a war period veteran of the U.S. military who is totally service-connected disabled or who died as a result of service-related causes; children of any veteran of the U.S. military who has a service-connected disability, was killed in action, or died of a service-connected disability and meets specified income provisions; any dependents or surviving spouse/registered domestic partner who has not remarried of a member of the California National Guard who in the line of duty and in active service of the state was killed or became permanently disabled or died of a disability as a result of an event while in active service of the state; and undergraduate students who are the recipient of or the child of a recipient of a Congressional Medal of Honor and meet certain age and income restrictions;

Section 68120 - Qualifying children and surviving spouses/registered domestic partners of deceased public law enforcement or fire suppression employees who were California residents and who were killed in the course of active law enforcement or fire suppression duties (referred to as Alan Pattee Scholarships); and

Section 68121 - Qualifying students enrolled in an undergraduate program who are the surviving dependent of any individual killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., or the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania, if the student meets the financial need requirements set forth in Section 69432.7 for the Cal Grant A Program and either the surviving dependent or the individual killed in the attacks was a resident of California on September 11, 2001. Students who may qualify for these benefits should contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office for further information and/or an eligibility determination.

Section 38130.5 - Qualifying non-resident students exempt from paying nonresident tuition, such as, nonresident student with: high school attendance in California for three or more years; graduation from a California high school or attainment of equivalent; registration as an entering student at, or current enrollment at, and accredited institution of higher education in California not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2001-02 academic year; in the case of a person without lawful immigration status, the filing of an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.

Alternative Financing Programs

Funding is available which allows students and families to finance their portion of educational costs over an extended period of time. Through long-term financing programs, families may finance up to their share of the total cost of education, including travel and personal expenses.

Direct Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans (as described above) are available to students without consideration of financial need. Students must first complete the FAFSA but do not need to demonstrate financial need.

Direct Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a federal loan for parents of undergraduate students. Eligibility is not based on family income or financial need. Parents may not have an adverse credit history. The interest rate is fixed at 7.0% as of October 1, 2017.

Parents may borrow from $500 up to the total cost of education minus any financial aid received. Repayment extends up to 10 years and payment begins 60 days after the loan is received.

Short term loans are available through University Financial Services to undergraduate and graduate students for books, supplies, fees or unexpected expenses. Amounts range from $50 to $250, or the amount of fees. Financial need is not a criterion. Applicants must have a 2.0 GPA (3.0 for graduates), not have any outstanding financial obligations to the University, and have a source of repayment.

Cal Poly Pomona students have the option to pay their fees (and tuition where applicable) on an installment plan. Payment plan information is available through University Financial Services.

Financial Aid Services

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building, Building 121. The phone number is (909) 869-3700; fax number is (909) 869-4757.

Students may access the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships website at https://www.cpp.edu/~financial_aid/ for general information as well as specific information concerning their individual application and financial aid award status.

Staff members are available at the Financial Aid Service Counter from Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-in advising is also offered. Specific hours for Summer and semester breaks are available by contacting the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Institutional and Financial Assistance Information

The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships:

 

  • A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at Cal Poly Pomona;
  • For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student's award;
  • A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;
  • The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;
  • The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
  • The way the school provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out;
  • The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
  • The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
  • The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan and Perkins Loan Programs;
  • The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
  • Contact information for campus offices available for disputes concerning federal, institutional and private loans.Information concerning the cost of attending Cal Poly Pomona is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700, and includes tuition and fees; the estimated costs of books and supplies; estimates of typical student room, board, and transportation costs; and, if requested, additional costs for specific programs.

Information concerning the refund policies of Cal Poly Pomona for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulation is available from Cal Poly Pomona's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121) first floor and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

Information regarding special facilities and services available to students with disabilities may be obtained from the Disability Resource Center, Building 9 Room 103, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3333.

Information concerning Cal Poly Pomona's policies, procedures, and facilities for students and other to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from the University Police Department, Building 109, and can be contacted at 9-1-1 or (909) 869-3070.

Information concerning Cal Poly Pomona's annual campus security report and annual fire safety report may be obtained from the University Police Department, Building 109, and can be contacted at (909) 869-4139.

Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from the Chair, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Advisory Council.  Website:  or by calling Student Health and Counseling Services Wellness Center, Building 46, (909) 869-5272.
https://www.cpp.edu/~alcohol-drugs/index.shtml


Information regarding student retention and graduation rates at Cal Poly Pomona and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from Institutional Research and Academic Resources, located in Building 1 Room 113, or contacted at (909) 869-3405.

Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that Cal Poly Pomona dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from Stephanie Duke, Associate Athletic Director, Building 43 Room 118, or can be contacted at (909) 869-3778, or for financial assistance, contact Marcia Starcher, Scholarship Specialist, Student Services Building (121) first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3710.

Information concerning teacher preparation programs at Cal Poly Pomona, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from the Department of Education, Building 5 Room 229, or can be contacted at (909) 869-2300.

Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices and procedures, or its faculty and staff may be obtained from the Ombuds Office, Building 1 Room 106, or can be contacted at (909) 869-2286.

Information concerning student activities that Cal Poly Pomona provides, must be easily accessible on https://www.cpp.edu/.

Information concerning student body diversity at Cal Poly Pomona, including the percentage of enrolled, full-time students who are (1) male, (2) female, (3) Pell Grant recipients, and (4) self-identified members of a specific racial or ethnic group, must be obtained from Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Student Services Building (121), first floor, and can be contacted at (909) 869-3700.

The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at https://www.sss.gov.

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