California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Rankings

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In the World#493 of 14178
In North America#191 of 2629
In the United States#167 of 2528
In California#17 of 252
In San Luis Obispo#1 of 1

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Acceptance rate
28%
Average SAT
1340
Average ACT
29
Aid receiving
63%
Undergraduates
20,503
Graduates
923
Male:Female Ratio
51:49
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Master's degree

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

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate28%25%32%
Applicants54,07228,00826,064
Admissions15,3667,0128,354
Freshmen enrolled full time4,6022,2752,327
Freshmen enrolled part time1174

1,631 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

68 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
3,606 or 78%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1240
or below

75% of them
had 1440
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo are 1240-1440 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
2,214 or 48%
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

White11512 (54%)
Hispanic3719 (17%)
Asian2878 (13%)
Two or more races1634 (8%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown894 (4%)
Nonresident Alien533 (2%)
Black or African American180 (0.8%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander46 (0.2%)
American Indian or Alaska Native15 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$5,867
Students receiving aid
63%

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$4,201$4,201
Fee in-state$4,201$4,201
Fee out-of-state$6,211$4,201

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity8,425
Combined charge for room and board$14,604
Room charge$8,718
Meal charge$5,886

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Majors

MajorBachelor'sMaster's
Business Administration and Management, General76242
Mechanical Engineering26423
Biology & Biological Sciences, General23917
Computer Science16927
Agribusiness & Agricultural Business Operations1801
Electrical and Electronics Engineering13531
Animal Sciences, General164
Civil Engineering, General149
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering10731
Psychology, General12313
Architecture1351
Health and Physical Education & Fitness, General127
Political Science and Government, General117
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical & Space Engineering9616
Construction Management112
Industrial Engineering957
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies100
Graphic Communications, General100
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies89
Journalism88
Computer Engineering, General88
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other84
Nutrition Sciences803
English Language and Literature, General705
Architectural Engineering657
Viticulture and Enology71
Mathematics, General619
History, General5910
Economics, General64
Agronomy and Crop Science63
Early Childhood Education and Teaching56
Sociology55
Computer Software Engineering53
Speech Communication and Rhetoric52
Biochemistry51
Fine & Studio Arts, General49
Geological and Earth Sciences & Geosciences, Other49
Environmental & Environmental Health Engineering48
Industrial Technology & Technician48
City & Urban, Community and Regional Planning3612
Materials Engineering45
Food Science43
Agriculture, General2716
Social Sciences, Other40
Agricultural Engineering38
Civil Engineering, Other38
Landscape Architecture35
Microbiology, General34
Agricultural Mechanization, General34
Agricultural Teacher Education33
Statistics, General32
Physics, General31
Forestry, General292
Management Science31
Agricultural Communication & Journalism30
Chemistry, General29
Philosophy28
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other28
Education, General24
Dairy Science157
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics22
Accounting21
Marine Sciences15
Engineering, General15
Engineering Science14
Special Education and Teaching, General14
Taxation14
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other13
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General13
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services13
Manufacturing Engineering11
Fire Protection, Other9
Public Policy Analysis, General9
Music, General7
Polymer Chemistry5
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General3
Soil Science and Agronomy, General2
Packaging Science2
Human Development and Family Studies, General1
Ornamental Horticulture1
Grand Total5,151530
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate82%78%87%
  • Full-time retention rate - 94%
  • Part-time retention rate - 93%

Publications & Citations

Publications
7,851
Citations
244,850

Publication count by topic

Computer science
831
Engineering
730
Biology
719
Physics
664
Psychology
646
Mathematics
486
Materials science
438
Chemistry
408
Medicine
385
Business
378
Economics
315
Environmental science
302
Sociology
295
Political science
241
Geography
231
Geology
171
History
110
Art
81
Philosophy
41

Topical rankings by citation count

DisciplineWorld RankCitations
Psychology47852,399
Business52512,151
History536452
Economics54012,424
Geography5625,292
Sociology5736,574
Physics62527,168
Political science6292,588
Engineering66711,578
Environmental science6768,734
Geology7145,602
Philosophy839182
Computer science106011,061
Biology109526,662
Art112363
Mathematics12246,048
Medicine132011,524
Chemistry143614,067
Materials science14947,550

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
199043326
199163419
199258436
199359519
199464707
199567764
199648721
199768900
199889964
1999811203
2000891340
2001891546
20021391973
20031552623
20041463178
20051653993
20062094923
20072355669
20082906834
20092968486
20103259376
201135111773
201234413564
201332815511
201440616620
201544017353
201643216993
201747817351
201845015776
201953818191
202056821478

General info

Alternative namesCal Poly
Founded1901
WikipediaCalifornia Polytechnic State University
MottoDiscere Faciendo
Learn by Doing
Colorsgreen, gold
Academic CalendarSeptember to June (September - December; January-March; March-June). Also Summer Quarter (June-August)
Total FTE staff2,567
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, California, 93407
United States
City population45,000
Phone8057561111
Fax+1 (805) 756 5400

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