This year’s incoming class is the largest Cal Poly Pomona has ever admitted.

A total of 7,700 new students will roam the university.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the number of applicants for first-year and transfer students has increased significantly. Applicant numbers for fall rose approximately 5 percent from fall 2017-2018.

Melanie Johnson, a communications specialist for the Department of Strategic Communications, said 36,642 applications were received for this school year, 15,754 of which came from transfer students.

The number of accepted transfer students increased also, making up approximately 50 percent of the incoming students this year.

7,700 new students roam Cal Poly Pomona’s halls and fields this academic year. ASHLEY ROWLES | THE POLY POST

Johnson said a majority of the incoming students come from nearby high schools and community colleges.

Lorena Marquez, Polytransfer’s coordinator, said having a competitive campus with closer partnerships and open availability to transfer this year could have been a major factor as to why there was an increase in transfers this year.

“National trends point to a gender gap at colleges and universities where more women than men are pursuing a higher education. Cal Poly Pomona’s incoming class is 51.5 percent male,” Johnson added.

Johnson said the incoming students are diverse, as the class speaks 94 languages other than English.

“Cal Poly Pomona has an international flair with more than 45 countries represented, including China, Indonesia, Morocco, Germany, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and French Polynesia,” Johnson said.

Most of the incoming students are selecting majors within engineering, business administration, and the letters, arts and social sciences colleges.

Approximately 1,085 of the transfer students will study business and 1,074 will pursue a degree within the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, she said.

Nearly 870 freshmen will be studying engineering and 759 chose to pursue a degree in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Class availability has expanded to accommodate the increased number of students that are attending in fall 2018.

During summer, Polytransfer held multiple events intended to support the transfer community, including a three-day program to connect more students with faculty and staff, a workshop on how to get more involved on campus and on how to help transfer students prepare for their upper division classes before school started on Aug. 23.

Marquez said Polytransfer plans on encouraging transfer students to get more involved on campus by taking part in the opportunities that will be available to them this year.

Lareen El Rifaei, a peer advisor at the Career Center, said the center is preparing for the increase in students by shifting events that were previously for engineering majors only, making them open to students of all majors.

An early preparation for the career fair and extended workshops are also being considered in an effort to be able to accommodate the growing number of students this year, El Rifaei said.

The Poly Post reached out to Admissions and Enrollment Planning but the office declined to comment for this story.

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