California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo: Ranking & Review

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San Luis Obispo Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 199 563
Top 4%

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate35%30%40%
Applicants48,58825,49623,092
Admissions16,8177,6449,173
Enrolled undergraduates5,2532,5412,712
Enrolled total (including graduate students)22,37011,66110,709

1,003 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

35 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $55. Application fee for graduates - $55.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither required nor recommended

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores3,670
Percent of students submitting SAT scores70%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
640
Math
650

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores3,596
Percent of students submitting ACT scores68%
ACT Composite
28
ACT English
29
ACT Math
29

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $27,153 $39,033
Off-campus $27,153 $39,033
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $13,115 and other expenses per full academic year.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 8,362 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $5,742 $17,622
Fees for full-time undergraduates $3,690 $3,690
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $264
Tuition for Full-time graduates $7,176 $16,680
Fees for full-time graduates $3,690 $3,690
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $264

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsBachelor'sMaster'sTotal
Engineering 1,174 162 1,336
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 696 62 758
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 552 30 582
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 249 24 273
Social Sciences 224 12 236
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 211 6 217
Architecture and Related Services 185 16 201
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 150 29 179
Education 105 74 179
Psychology 138 11 149
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 144 144
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 108 108
Natural Resources and Conservation 97 5 102
Physical Sciences 84 10 94
Visual and Performing Arts 88 88
Health Professions and Related Programs 85 1 86
Mathematics and Statistics 72 12 84
Communications Technologies & Technicians and Support Services 78 4 82
English Language and Literature & Letters 68 8 76
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 60 60
History 54 4 58
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 22 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 17 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 8 8
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 7 7
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences
Grand Total4,6584995,157

A total of 4,658 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.

At the master's level 499 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate79%76%82%
  • Full-time retention rate - 95%
  • Part-time retention rate - 88%

General info

Alternative namesCal Poly
Founded1901
MottoDiscere Faciendo
Learn by Doing
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsgreen, gold
Academic CalendarQuarter
Total FTE staff2,463
Instructional FTE1,010
Research FTE1
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.calpoly.edu
Address1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, California, 93407
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Small
City population10,000 - 50,000
Phone8057561111
Fax+1 (805) 756 5400

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