Tuition & Fees

$9,792

$21,672

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
57%
500-599
20%
400-499
1%
700-800
31%
600-699
49%
500-599
20%
30-36
51%
24-29
36%
18-23
13%
30-36
38%
24-29
54%
18-23
8%
30-36
40%
24-29
51%
18-23
9%
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undergraduateRatios

52%

male

48%

female

1

teacher

19

students

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Very Selective

34%

acceptance rate

Accepted 16,817
Declined + 31,771
Total Received 48,588
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Public

21,297

undergraduate students

891

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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Codes

SAT 4038
ACT 0188

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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 & 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 22,188
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: 47,536), 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

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

Greek Life

 
20 fraternities 7% of male students
 
15 sororities 11% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
55%
Top 1/4
86%
Top 1/2
98%
Bottom 1/2
2%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
22%
600-699
57%
500-599
20%
400-499
1%
700-800
31%
600-699
49%
500-599
20%
30-36
51%
24-29
36%
18-23
13%
30-36
38%
24-29
54%
18-23
8%
30-36
40%
24-29
51%
18-23
9%

Admissions Facts

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

Very Selective

34%

acceptance rate

Accepted 16,817
Declined + 31,771
Total Received 48,588

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
Vice Provost for Enrollment Development and Chief Marketing Officer
P: 805 756-2311
F: 805 756-5400
admissions@calpoly.edu

Financial Aid

56%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$10,456

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $9,792
Room & board $13,761
Books & supplies $1,941
Total $25,494
Average Financial Aid - $10,456
Total with Avg. Aid $15,038
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

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

Financial Aid Officer

Gerrie Hatten
Interim Director of Financial Aid
financialaid@calpoly.edu

Varsity Sports

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

Donald Oberhelman (men's)
Athletic Director
email

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

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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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

22,188

total students

86%

in-state

14%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

21,297
students

Female
48%
10,170

Male
52%
11,127

4%

891
students

Female
52%
459

Male
48%
432

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

96%

20,530
students

Female
49%
9,894

Male
51%
10,636

4%

767
students

Female
36%
276

Male
64%
491

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
< 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
13%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
17%
Hispanic/Latino
55%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
8%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

21%

Transfer applicants accepted

48%

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

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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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

International Student Contact

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

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Lists & Rankings

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