California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo: Statistics

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Quick Review

Acceptance rate
38%
Average SAT
1315
Average ACT
29
Aid receiving
64%
Undergraduates
21,456
Graduates
984
Male:Female Ratio
50:50
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Master's degree
Website
www.calpoly.edu

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

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 38% 35% 42%
Applicants 52,371 26,639 25,732
Admissions 20,127 9,192 10,935
Freshmen enrolled full time 4,753 2,399 2,354
Freshmen enrolled part time 36 15 21

3,798 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

18,546 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
3,831 or 80%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1220
or below

75% of them
had 1410
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo are 1220-1410 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
2,010 or 42%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 26
or below

75% of them
had 32
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo are 26-32 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White 12093 (54%)
Hispanic 4097 (18%)
Asian 2985 (13%)
Two or more races 1711 (8%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 822 (4%)
Nonresident Alien 484 (2%)
Black or African American 173 (0.8%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 48 (0.2%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 11 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$6,186
Students receiving aid
64%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $5,742$7,176
Tuition in-state $5,742$7,176
Tuition out-of-state $17,622$16,680
Fee in-district $4,329$4,329
Fee in-state $4,329$4,329
Fee out-of-state $8,349$4,329

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 7,764
Combined charge for room and board $14,842
Room charge $8,718
Meal charge $6,124

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Majors

Major Bachelor's Master's
Business Administration and Management, General 654 28
Mechanical Engineering 308 35
Computer Science 191 21
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 196 12
Agribusiness & Agricultural Business Operations 162
Civil Engineering, General 159
Animal Sciences, General 154
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 130 13
Psychology, General 124 12
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical & Space Engineering, General 113 21
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 102 29
Architectural and Building Sciences & Technology 126
Industrial Engineering 96 5
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education & Fitness, General 94 4
Computer Engineering, General 97
Construction Management, General 94
Graphic Communications, General 92
Environmental & Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other 89
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies 81
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 78
Journalism 74
Political Science and Government, General 69
Sociology, General 69
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 68
History, General 64 3
Industrial Technology & Technician 65
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 64
Agronomy and Crop Science 64
Nutrition Sciences 60 3
Computer Software Engineering 61
Viticulture and Enology 61
Fine & Studio Arts, General 59
English Language and Literature, General 55 2
Economics, General 52
Agriculture, General 27 21
Architectural Engineering 38 6
Statistics, General 40
Mathematics, General 38 1
Agricultural Engineering 39
Environmental & Environmental Health Engineering 38
Materials Engineering 38
Social Sciences, Other 37
Geological and Earth Sciences & Geosciences, Other 37
Food Science 36
Civil Engineering, Other 36
Physics, General 34
Forestry, General 31 2
Biochemistry 32
Architecture 31 1
City & Urban, Community, and Regional Planning 18 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 30
Management Science 30
Dairy Science 20 8
Microbiology, General 27
Agricultural Teacher Education 27
Chemistry, General 26
Philosophy 26
Landscape Architecture 25
Agricultural Communication & Journalism 24
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 20
Marine Sciences 19
Engineering Science 18
Curriculum and Instruction 18
Manufacturing Engineering 17
Agricultural Mechanization, General 17
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 17
Taxation 16
Accounting 16
Packaging Science 15
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 14
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 13
Engineering, General 13
Music, General 11
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 10
Fire Protection, Other 10
Engineering & Industrial Management 9
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 9
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 7
Public Policy Analysis, General 4
Soil Science and Agronomy, General 2
Public Health, General 1
Polymer Chemistry 1
Education, General 1
Grand Total 4,846 493
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 83% 80% 86%
  • Full-time retention rate - 94%
  • Part-time retention rate - 73%

Publications & Citations

Publications
7,281
Citations
242,570

Publication / Citation count by topic

Engineering
1,745 / 32,749
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,361 / 35,757
Physics
1,084 / 47,239
Environmental Science
1,036 / 33,870
Biology
911 / 34,114
Business
796 / 60,626
Chemistry
782 / 23,340
Computer Science
759 / 48,631
Medicine
619 / 18,063
Psychology
563 / 55,903
Mathematics
442 / 10,323
Materials Science
440 / 8,668
Economics
379 / 15,306
Art & Design
315 / 3,289
Demography
279 / 11,335
Sociology
276 / 7,025
Ecology
241 / 13,432
Geography and Cartography
235 / 5,723
Political Science
224 / 3,740
Social Psychology
205 / 42,230
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
204 / 3,691
Nuclear Physics
195 / 24,349
Astrophysics and Astronomy
194 / 8,000
Environmental Management
189 / 8,278
Structural Engineering
172 / 4,108
Math Teachers
171 / 3,775
Quantum and Particle physics
168 / 19,668
Geology
149 / 4,913
Optical Engineering
143 / 1,339
Aerospace Engineering
142 / 1,711
Communications and Public Relations
135 / 4,884
Nutrition and Food Science
134 / 3,755
Marketing
127 / 6,702
Health Science
125 / 1,377
Education Majors
123 / 3,644
History
110 / 796
Automation and Control engineering
107 / 961
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
101 / 2,794
Management Information Systems
101 / 36,967
Public Health
98 / 4,451

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 86 432
1992 80 454
1993 80 546
1994 75 758
1995 78 815
1996 56 777
1997 80 985
1998 102 1063
1999 99 1294
2000 96 1490
2001 105 1696
2002 160 2161
2003 167 2849
2004 166 3435
2005 178 4339
2006 233 5278
2007 263 6061
2008 310 7370
2009 320 9080
2010 365 9998
2011 384 12886
2012 382 14381
2013 368 16989
2014 428 18465
2015 469 19042
2016 461 19848
2017 486 19433
2018 484 19441
2019 556 21777
2020 652 27667
2021 599 32792

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo alumni

  1. "Weird Al" Yankovic

    "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Enrolled in California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
    Graduated with Bachelor of Architecture
    Occupations
    singer-songwritercomedianactor
    Biography

    Alfred Matthew "Weird Al " Yankovic is an American singer, musician, record producer, and actor who is known for humorous songs that make light of pop culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. He also performs original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, as well as polka medleys of several popular songs, most of which feature his trademark accordion.

  2. Chuck Liddell

    Chuck Liddell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    mixed martial arts fighterkickboxerkaratekaamateur wrestler
    Biography

    Charles David Liddell is an American former mixed martial artist who was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Liddell had 23 fights in the UFC. He is widely credited with helping bring MMA into the mainstream of American sports and entertainment. On July 10, 2009, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

  3. Devin Nunes

    Devin Nunes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Enrolled in California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
    In 1995 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    In 1996 graduated with Master of Science
    Occupations
    politicianfarmerbusinessperson
    Biography

    Devin Gerald Nunes is an American businessman, politician, and former dairy farmer who serves as chief executive officer of the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG). Before resigning from the House and joining TMTG, Nunes served first as the U.S. representative for California's 21st congressional district and then California's 22nd congressional district from 2003 to 2022.

  4. Chad Mendes

    Chad Mendes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    mixed martial arts fightercollegiate wrestler
    Biography

    Chad Edward Mendes is an American professional bare-knuckle boxer and former mixed martial artist and collegiate wrestler who is currently signed to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). Mendes gained notoriety competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he was a three-time UFC championship challenger. Competing as a Cal Poly Mustang, he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and a Pac-10 Conference champion in folkstyle wrestling.

General info

Alternative names Cal Poly
Founded 1901
Motto Discere Faciendo
Learn by Doing
Colors green, gold
Academic Calendar September to June (September - December; January-March; March-June). Also Summer Quarter (June-August)
Total FTE staff 2,527
Carnegie Classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address 1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, California, 93407
United States
City population 47,000
Phone 8057561111
Fax +1 (805) 756 5400

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