Tuition & Fees

$5,472

$16,632

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
10%
600-699
44%
500-599
39%
400-499
7%
700-800
21%
600-699
48%
500-599
29%
400-499
2%
30-36
45%
24-29
41%
18-23
14%
30-36
38%
24-29
54%
18-23
8%
30-36
36%
24-29
54%
18-23
10%
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undergraduateRatios

53%

47%

male

female

1
19

teacher

students

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Very Selective

31%

acceptance rate

Accepted 14,651
Declined + 32,169
Total Received 46,820
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Public

20,049

undergraduate students

895

graduate students

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School Facts

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, founded in 1901, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Architecture & Environmental Design, Business; Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science & Mathematics. Its 6,000-acre campus is located in San Luis Obispo, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 20,944
Established in 1901
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACCE (American Council for Construction Education)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)
•  NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association)
•  PAB (Planning Accreditation Board)
•  SAF (Society of American Foresters)
•  WASC (Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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San Luis Obispo, CA

6,000-acre campus in San Luis Obispo (population: 46,377), 200 miles from Los Angeles. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
36%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
49%
Top 1/4
84%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
10%
600-699
44%
500-599
39%
400-499
7%
700-800
21%
600-699
48%
500-599
29%
400-499
2%
30-36
45%
24-29
41%
18-23
14%
30-36
38%
24-29
54%
18-23
8%
30-36
36%
24-29
54%
18-23
10%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $55
Common application accepted no
Application deadline November 30
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline October 31
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Very Selective

31%

acceptance rate

Accepted 14,651
Declined + 32,169
Total Received 46,820

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Considered

Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Particular talent/ability
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Interview
Minority affiliation
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

James Maraviglia
Associate Vice Provost, Marketing & Enrollment Development
P: 805 756-2311
F: 805 756-5400
admissions@calpoly.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $16,699,508
State $17,268,398
Institutional $14,017,414
Other external $3,730,491
Total $51,715,811

Non-need-based

Federal
State $405,869
Institutional $4,381,845
Other external $3,191,849
Total $7,979,563

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Big West Conference (Football I-A), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Pacific-10 Conference (Football I-A)
Mascot
Mustangs
School colors
green and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Business
Agricultural Communications
Agricultural Education
Agricultural Science
Agricultural Systems Management
Agricultural/Environmental Plant Sciences
Agriculture
Animal Science
Anthropology/Geography
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art Design
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Bioresource/Agricultural Engineering
Business Administration
Business Analytics
Chemistry
Child Development
City/Regional Planning
Civil Engineering
Civil/Environmental Engineering
Communication Studies
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Dairy Products Technology
Dairy Science
Economics
Education
Electrical Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Management
English
Environmental Earth/Soil Science
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Management/Protection
Fire Protection Engineering
Food Science
Forestry Sciences
Forestry/Natural Resources
General Engineering
Graphic Communications
History
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Technology
Journalism
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Liberal Arts/Engineering Studies
Liberal Studies
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Sciences
Materials Engineering
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology
Modern Languages/Literature
Music
Nutrition
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Polymers/Coatings Science
Printed Electronics/Functional Imaging
Psychology
Public Policy
Recreational Parks Tourism Administration
Sociology
Software Engineering
Statistics
Theatre Arts
Transportation Planning
Wine/Viticulture
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Undergraduate

96%

20,049
students

Female
47%
9,339

Male
53%
10,710

Graduate

4%

895
students

Female
50%
444

Male
50%
451

undergraduateFull-time

96%

19,318
students

Female
47%
9,073

Male
53%
10,245

undergraduatePart-time

4%

731
students

Female
37%
266

Male
63%
465

Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
< 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
16%
Hispanic/Latino
57%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

18%

Transfer applicants accepted

50%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Not Required/Recommended
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: November 30

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

105

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

50

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
India
South Korea
Vietnam
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Susan Tripp
International Students & Scholars Specialist
805 756-5837
international@calpoly.edu

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