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California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo
  • 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
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 C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade D+
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  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

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

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Admissions

Application Deadline
December 4
Acceptance Rate
28%
    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 data available  

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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
    • Mix of Online and on Campus
      8%
    • On Campus
      92%
    • Online
      0%

    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%

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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. 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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