A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  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-FCS
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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Cost

Net Price
$18,238/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,066/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,107/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,855/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,662/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,521/ 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.218 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.217 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,318Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 137 responses
Report
  • Academically and socially balanced
    57%
  • Active
    28%
  • Busy
    11%
  • Similar
    3%
  • Focused and determined
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.273 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.336 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 144 responses
Report
  • Learn by doing
    94%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    3%
  • The Mustang Way
    1%
  • Communication skills are most important
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
48%
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
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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Reviews

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I love the overall academic, athletic, and social environments of Cal Poly! It's a great school full of extremely driven and talented individuals. One thing I would like to see change a little more is the diversity within the student body population. It's already off to a great start, but I think it would be cool to see the integration of more diverse groups of people around campus.
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I have absolutely loved my time at Cal Poly. Their learning by doing philosophy has been an incredible part to my experience. As a freshman, I'm already able to take classes that are (1) directly connected to my major and (2) have actual hands-on experience! I'm an animal science major looking to eventually apply to vet school, and so these hands-on experiences are extremely valuable.
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.