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

$9,943

$23,833

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
26%
600-699
58%
500-599
14%
400-499
0
700-800
42%
600-699
42%
500-599
14%
400-499
0
30-36
49%
24-29
40%
18-23
10%
12-17
0
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undergraduateRatios

52%

male

48%

female

18

students

1

faculty

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Very Selective

28%

acceptance rate

Accepted 15,366
Declined 38,706
Total Received 54,072
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Public

20,454

undergraduate students

788

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 21,242
Established in 1901
Coeducational Coeducational

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: Suburbs
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: San Luis Obispo County Regional

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
35%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
no
No freshman housing consideration
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
53%
Top 1/4
85%
Top 1/2
98%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
26%
600-699
58%
500-599
14%
400-499
0
700-800
42%
600-699
42%
500-599
14%
400-499
0
30-36
49%
24-29
40%
18-23
10%
12-17
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $55
Application deadline November 30
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.99

Very Selective

28%

acceptance rate

Accepted 15,366
Declined 38,706
Total Received 54,072

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Considered

extracurricular activities
first generation
geographical residence
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
application essay
interview
racial/ethnic status
class rank
recommendation(s)
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

63%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$5,054

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $5,742
Room & board $14,208
Additional fees $4,201
Books & supplies $1,599
Other fees $1,518
Total $27,268
Average Financial Aid - $5,054
Total with Avg. Aid $22,214
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cross-country running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
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 Sports Men

Badminton, Basketball, Football, Racquetball, Sand volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Racquetball, Sand volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
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
Architecture
Biochemistry
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Dairy Science
Dietetics/Dietitian
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Science
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Food Science
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forestry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Graphic Communications, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
History, General
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Technology/Technician
Journalism
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Landscape Architecture
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Philosophy
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General
Viticulture and Enology
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate

21,242

total students

85%

in-state

15%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

20,454
students

Female
48%
9,854

Male
52%
10,600

4%

788
students

Female
55%
430

Male
45%
358

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

95%

19,635
students

Female
49%
9,553

Male
51%
10,082

5%

819
students

Female
37%
301

Male
63%
518

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 94%
Student 4 year graduation rate 51%
Student 5 year graduation rate 28%
Student 6 year graduation rate 4%

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
53%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

796

Transfer students enrolled

4%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: November 30

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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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
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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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