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

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 B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade C minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

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

Since 1901, Cal Poly has been combining rigorous academics and real-world applications through hands-on learning. Encouraging thousands of our students toward successful careers ensures they play an active role in helping solve some of California’s – and the world’s – most complex challenges.

Cal Poly’s six academic colleges offer over 150 undergraduate majors and minors and over 50 graduate programs. By animating our curriculum, no matter the field of study, the best way to build new knowledge is to try it out for yourself. Learn By Doing ensures that when you graduate, you and your employers will agree that you are prepared.

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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.

Admissions

Application Deadline
November 30
Acceptance Rate
33%
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
$20,708 / 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
$5,988 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
65%

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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. 233 responses
26%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 267 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 266 responses

Majors

U.S. News & World Report ranked Cal Poly #1 Top Public Schools

academic spotlight

Cal Poly's Learn by Doing process has kept it ranked as the top public, master's level university in the West for 31 years straight! The hands-on approach to learning allows students to explore their interests and begin building their careers from day one. With 96% of students employed in their major-related field, and 91% working within 9 months of graduating, Cal Poly is your gateway to success!

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
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
14%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 186 responses
  • Academically and socially balanced
    52%
  • Active
    24%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Focused and determined
    5%
  • Similar
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

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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. 322 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 385 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 193 responses
  • Learn by doing
    83%
  • Fast-paced
    4%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    3%
  • Underrated
    3%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Predominantly white institution
    2%
  • The Mustang Way
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$66,900 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 149 responses

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