California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

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Tuition & Fees

$10,071

$21,951

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
690
25th
610
75th
720
25th
610
75th
34
25th
25
75th
31
25th
26
75th
32
25th
26
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undergraduateRatios

51%

male

49%

female

18

students

1

faculty

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Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 20,127
Declined 32,244
Total Received 52,371
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Public

21,736

undergraduate students

1,081

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, founded in 1901, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture, Food and 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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 22,817
Established in 1901
Coeducational Coeducational

Social Networks

6,000-acre campus in San Luis Obispo (population: 47,541), 200 miles from Los Angeles. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Small town

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
38%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
no
Students may not have cars on campus
no
Alcohol is not permitted on campus to students of legal age
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
54%
Top 1/4
85%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
690
25th
610
75th
720
25th
610
75th
34
25th
25
75th
31
25th
26
75th
32
25th
26

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Required of some
Application deadline (final deadline) November 30
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 20,127
Declined 32,244
Total Received 52,371

Admissions Factors

Required

Completion of college-prepatory program
Admission test scores
Secondary School Record
Secondary School GPA

Neither required nor recommended

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language
Formal demonstration of competencies
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Secondary School Rank
Recommendations

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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

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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Financial Aid

53%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$6,996

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $5,742
Room $8,718
Board $6,124
Additional fees $4,329
Books & supplies $888
Total $25,801
Average Financial Aid - $6,996
Total with Avg. Aid $18,805
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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 805 756-2927
F: 805 756-7243
financialaid@calpoly.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined
Baseball
Basketball
Beach volleyball
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

badminton, baseball, bowling, cross-country, cycling, fencing, lacrosse, roller hockey, sailing, soccer, surfing, tennis, track and field (outdoor), triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, water skiing

Club Sports - Women's

badminton, bowling, cross-country, cycling, fencing, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, soccer, surfing, tennis, track and field (outdoor), triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, water skiing

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, bowling, dance, dodgeball, flag football, football, golf, kickball, racquetball, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, Wiffle ball, wrestling

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Big West Conference (Football I-A), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Pacific-10 Conference (Football I-A)

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting.
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General.
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.
Agricultural Business and Management, General.
Agricultural Communication/Journalism.
Agricultural Engineering.
Agricultural Mechanization, General.
Agricultural Teacher Education.
Agronomy and Crop Science.
Animal Sciences, General.
Architectural Engineering.
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
Architecture.
Art/Art Studies, General.
Biochemistry.
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
Chemistry, General.
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning.
Civil Engineering, General.
Civil Engineering, Other.
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services.
Computer Engineering, General.
Computer Science.
Computer Software Engineering.
Construction Engineering.
Construction Management, General.
Curriculum and Instruction.
Dairy Science.
Dietetics/Dietitian.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
Economics, General.
Education, General.
Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Engineering Science.
Engineering, General.
Engineering, Other.
Engineering/Industrial Management.
English Language and Literature, General.
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other.
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
Fine/Studio Arts, General.
Fire Protection, Other.
Fire Services Administration.
Food Science.
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
Forestry, General.
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
Graphic Communications, General.
History, General.
Horticultural Science.
Human Development and Family Studies, General.
Industrial Engineering.
Industrial Technology/Technician.
Journalism.
Landscape Architecture.
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
Management Science.
Manufacturing Engineering.
Marine Sciences.
Materials Engineering.
Mathematics, General.
Mechanical Engineering.
Microbiology, General.
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
Music, General.
Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
Nutrition Sciences.
Ornamental Horticulture.
Packaging Science.
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies.
Philosophy.
Physics, General.
Political Science and Government, General.
Polymer Chemistry.
Psychology, General.
Public Administration.
Public Health, General.
Public Policy Analysis, General.
Rhetoric and Composition.
Social Sciences, General.
Social Sciences, Other.
Sociology, General.
Soil Science and Agronomy, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Special Education and Teaching, General.
Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
Statistics, General.
Taxation.
Viticulture and Enology.
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Programs Offered

  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Other

22,817

total students

78%

in-state

22%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

95%

21,736
students

Female
49%
10,588

Male
51%
11,148

5%

1,081
students

Female
51%
549

Male
49%
532

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

95%

20,685
students

Female
49%
10,181

Male
51%
10,504

5%

1,051
students

Female
39%
407

Male
61%
644

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
< 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
17%
Hispanic/Latino
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

1%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: November 30

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

105

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

50

quarter hours

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International Students

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