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California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo
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  • 4 Year
  • SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA

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The safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members and visitors is our primary commitment. Cal Poly is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. We are engaged in pandemic planning with our public health partners, including the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department and the CDC. Visit this official Cal Poly coronavirus website for critical updates and advisories. Learn More

Report Card

grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A minus
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade B+
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade D+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

1 GRAND AVE.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93407
About Cal Poly...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
From California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo

Since our founding in 1901, Learn by Doing has always been Cal Poly’s core philosophy.

It’s a deliberate process in which students, from day one, acquire knowledge and skills through active engagement and self-reflection inside the classroom and beyond it.

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California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
November 30
Acceptance Rate
38%
SAT Range
1240-1440
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$20,491 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,186 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
64%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 215 responses
23%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 237 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 236 responses

Majors

U.S. News & World Report named Cal Poly the best public, master’s-level university in the West for the 29th straight year !

Cal Poly Earns Top Rankings from Wall Street Journal, Forbes and U.S. News

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    85%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,925 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,168
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 155 responses
  • Academically and socially balanced
    54%
  • Active
    28%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Similar
    3%
  • Focused and determined
    2%
  • Outgoing
    1%

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 292 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 355 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 163 responses
  • Learn by doing
    91%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    3%
  • The Mustang Way
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • Underrated
    1%
  • Communication skills are most important
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 147 responses

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