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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    A
  6. Location
    A-
Cuesta is an above-average public college located in California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,190 undergraduate students. The Cuesta acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 36% of students, Cuesta alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,500.

Cuesta College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$10,322/ 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
$4,195/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
29:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.53 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
1
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    19%
  • On Campus
    68%
  • Online
    12%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,190Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7,834
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
  • Laidback
    63%
  • Motivated
    25%
  • Outgoing
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%

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Cuesta College Reviews

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As a low-income student, and one that was rather anxious about leaving home for the first time, going to my local Cuesta College was the perfect way for me to get the 'lite' college experience without breaking-bank or suffering extensive hours of schoolwork.

I took about two-to-three-classes a semester, which allowed be to take on part-time jobs and save up for my future four-year (fingers crossed on CSUMB!) though sometimes the schoolwork could get a little in-the-way, it was a wonderful experience to open me up to the college-bound lifestyle. The only major issues I could find was there wasn't much of a campus-lifestyle, with only small niches of classmates hosting events every so often, and some of the professors were a bit unorganized, and some downright rude or problematic in their teaching 'styles'.

Overall though, as long as you keep an ear out on rate-my-professors, and maybe convince some hang out with outside of class, this was a great introduction to college!
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I have had a very positive experience at Cuesta College. The campus is quiet, the professors are largely very caring, involved, and motivated to help students be successful. The darkroom photography program is beyond even many art schools' facilities, and Professor Doug Highland is incredible. I just took photography as an elective, but his classes were life-changing. However, I wish there was more of a sense of community, and I would like to see more education of faculty on LGBT+ issues and racial diversity. I would also like to see an overall increase in the diversity of faculty themselves. Despite this, I am really grateful for my time at Cuesta and look forward to seeing it continue to grow and improve!
When the abruptdecision happened to close the school and switch all courses to online, all of my teachers really stepped up to the plate. While a few recorded videos and published them explaining how the course was altered (example is my math class had 4 exams, but they were combined into two, a midterm and final), they all had consistent office hours and provided plenty of help and guidance, I actually had better grades this semester because everyone was so involved in my learning! I'm returning in a few weeks to a completely online experience, and I have no trepidation about it whatsoever.