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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Professors
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Safety
    A+
  5. Student Life
    B+
  6. Location
    B+
Cuesta is an above-average public college located in California. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,372 undergraduate students. The Cuesta acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 35% of students, Cuesta alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,500.
About Cuesta College...
Athletic Division
CCCAA
Athletic Conference
Address
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
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Cuesta College Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$9,418/ 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
$3,440/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
73%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,372Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
7,464
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
6%
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What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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  • Motivated
    40%
  • Diverse
    20%
  • Laidback
    20%
  • Outgoing
    20%

After College

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

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Cuesta College Reviews

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Cuesta College is a perfect stepping stone if you need a restart after high school, but many are sucked into the trap of spending more time than evaluated here. The consolers if utilized are extremely helpful in transferring and helping with courses. Unfortunately, it's extremely difficult to make friends here as people just stay for class and leave right after, I have only seen athletes have strong friend groups. It is a beautiful campus with white buildings and greenery everywhere creating a great atmosphere to study in. Unfortunately the academics are not very challenging but again, it is a perfect stepping stone for where you want to be next.
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Staff, counselors and professors are there to help you succeed. The on-campus library has been a wonderful place for me to study. There are also people always available in the student success center to help you!
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.