3,388 reviews
  1. San Luis Obispo, CA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    D
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
SAT Scores Range
1130-1320
ACT Scores Range
25-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Cost

Net Price
$16,783/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,611/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,644/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,508/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,388/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,528/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.215 responses
22%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.216 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.215 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,578Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 135 responses
Report
  • Academically and socially balanced
    56%
  • Active
    28%
  • Busy
    11%
  • Similar
    3%
  • Focused and determined
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.271 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.334 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 142 responses
Report
  • Learn by doing
    94%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    4%
  • The Mustang Way
    1%
  • Communication skills are most important
    1%

After California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Reviews

3,388 reviews
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This school is amazing depending on what you are studying. The only school admin cares about funding is the School of Engineering, so if you're an engineer, great! (Side Note: If you want to go to Medical School; DON'T COME HERE (I made this mistake)). Most of the 100 level professors are awful in my experience, so the first year you'll have to put up with shitty professors. The location of this campus is ideal if you are looking for a college town and not a big city. There are a couple nice beaches nearby and great places to hike. The campus dining is AWFUL, so some creativity is needed to not go insane. All of the students at this school are genuinely friendly. Parties. If you are a female, this school is ideal for girls into the party scene. If you are a male, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get into a party unless you are in the frat. The admin here seems like it wants you to fail which makes you feel awful. Athletics aren't that impressive here.
I love attending Cal Poly! After just one quarter, I really have nothing bad to say about my experience here. I would have to say the best part has been the environment and the incredible people I am surrounded by. Everyone from the staff to the professors to the students is helpful and friendly and I feel so welcome here. They did a great job at helping the freshman to have a smooth transition to college life and to make friends. The food is not what comes from a gourmet five star restaurant, but this is college, and there are so many options for everyone. Even more options will be available soon with the new housing and dining areas being built. The surroundings are beautiful and the campus is very active as well! Students are very driven to succeed and I always feel safe on campus. I am so glad that I get to call myself a mustang!
Cal Poly is a tremendous school with a variety of academic opportunities and social activity. The College of Business provides students with a myriad of career resources that prepare students for a profession. The education we receive is nationally recognized. The school also strongly encourages students to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and professors are encouraged to support students as best they can. Overall, I have had a phenomenal experience at this university, and am ecstatic to go back for my senior year this fall!