B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Professors
    B
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A
  5. Student Life
    B-
  6. Location
    B+
Cuesta College is ...
Public
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Website
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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

Cost

Net Price
$10,342/ year
National
$15,523
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

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,654Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
6%
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%

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I like the college but it is outdated and a bit slow. Information can be difficult to find and advisors are not as forthcoming as I would imagine they could be. I have over paid for books, courses and the like and had to hear the aid opportunities through word of mouth through the years. I have taken classes and had professors who are not student friendly, they talk down and are blatantly rude to students specifically Professors in Psychology and Philosophy courses. There are great aspects but make sure to ask for every bit of financial help and information its harder to figure out than it should be.
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The faculty genuinely care about the students, in my experiences. Every Professor I have had was passionate about their subject, and clearly desired to see each student succeed. I am about to enter the nursing program here, and I couldn't be more proud that it is at Cuesta!
Cuesta College has provided me with an opportunity to learn in an environment with instructors/professions that care about their students. I enjoy how accessible the staff is, and how willing they are to help me succeed! I also love that they have a variety of vocational programs in the field of health and wellness, such as CNA, LVN, RN, EMT, and Phlebotomy.