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Cuesta is an above-average public college located in California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,506 undergraduate students. The Cuesta acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 38% of students, Cuesta alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,900.
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Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
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Net Price
$10,342/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,538/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,459/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,339/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,530/ year
  • $110k+
    $14,968/ year
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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,000/ year
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Overall, I think Cuesta College is the best community college in California. What I disliked was the science faculty, counseling staff, and the people working in admissions. Most, but not all, of the science faculty make their courses unnecessarily difficult and give students busy work. However, they are more lenient and more caring than science faculty at a four-year university. Moving on, the counseling staff is incompetent as they have no pre-professional (like pre-medical or pre-dental) knowledge. Oh, and I believe that the Cuesta Cashier is racist. On that note, Cuesta lacks a diverse population and can be sometimes overtly racist. But, what I liked outweighs what I disliked. What I liked the most were the social science courses and the social science faculty. The courses were really easy yet informative, and the faculty are beyond friendly. I would definitely recommend this college if you are a social sciences major. Another plus is that Cuesta has a small student population.
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I have enjoyed my experience at Cuesta College. The administrative staff have been extremely helpful every time I have needed assistance from admissions to transferring. The financial aide department is consistent and easily accessible. All of Cuesta's classes are in the middle of the campus with parking all around. There has never been a challenge to park and get to class. The teaching staff has been excellent as well. They are there not only to teach you but to also help you succeed. Struggling in Math? Not a problem, the math lab is open four days a week with excellent tutors. This has been a wonderful college experience so far.
As a first year student I have found that teachers are inviting and helpful! Classrooms have a very open and excepting environment. As well as wonderful campus accommodations and staff! Cuesta college is a wonderful school in which students are welcomed and invited!