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Report Card

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

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Cal Poly is a highly rated public university located in California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,685 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Cal Poly acceptance rate is 28%. Popular majors include Business, Mechanical Engineering, and Biology. Graduating 82% of students, Cal Poly alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $52,100.

About

1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
About Cal Poly...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - 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.

Cal Poly Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
1240-1440
ACT Range
26-32
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$21,232 / 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
$5,867 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
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. 233 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 232 responses

Majors

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
  • All
    0%
  • None
    92%
  • Some
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,685 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
818
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 152 responses
  • Academically and socially balanced
    53%
  • Active
    28%
  • Busy
    13%
  • Similar
    3%
  • Focused and determined
    2%
  • Outgoing
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%

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. 288 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 351 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 159 responses
  • Learn by doing
    92%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    3%
  • The Mustang Way
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%
  • Communication skills are most important
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • Underrated
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
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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