Cuesta College: Ranking & Review

San Luis Obispo Rank United States Rank World Rank
2 1261 4455
Top 27%

Cuesta College Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

2,873 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,129 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

It’s free to apply for undergraduates.

Cuesta College has an open admission policy (non-competitive). The only requirement is a certificate of attendance or a highschool diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.

Cuesta College Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
Off-campus $20,724 $26,210
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies and other expenses per full academic year.

Cuesta College does not provide on-campus housing.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $1,288 $6,774
Fees for full-time undergraduates $50 $50
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $46 $284

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeTotal
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 442 442
Health Professions and Related Programs 274 274
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 119 119
Social Sciences 86 86
Psychology 57 57
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 53 53
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 52 52
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 46 46
Visual and Performing Arts 45 45
Mathematics and Statistics 43 43
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 32 32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 31 31
Physical Sciences 19 19
Library Science 16 16
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 14 14
History 13 13
Legal Professions and Studies 13 13
Construction Trades 12 12
Engineering 9 9
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 9 9
English Language and Literature & Letters 8 8
Architecture and Related Services 6 6
Philosophy and Religious Studies 6 6
Mechanic and Repair Technologies & Technicians 6 6
Precision Production 4 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3 3
Personal and Culinary Services 1 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields
Grand Total1,4221,422

A total of 1,422 2-year associate's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Cuesta College.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate33%30%36%
  • Full-time retention rate - 67%
  • Part-time retention rate - 45%

General info

Religious affiliationNot applicable
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff529
Instructional FTE259
Sector of institutionPublic, 2-year
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional

Location and Contacts

Official Websitewww.cuesta.edu
AddressHighway 1
San Luis Obispo, California, 93403-8106
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Small
Phone8055463100