Cuesta College: Ranking & Review

San Luis Obispo
United States
Top 27%

Cuesta College Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Enrolled total (including graduate students)10,8365,3665,470

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
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
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 Humanities442442
Health Professions and Related Programs274274
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services119119
Social Sciences8686
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences5353
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies5252
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs4646
Visual and Performing Arts4545
Mathematics and Statistics4343
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service3232
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies3131
Physical Sciences1919
Library Science1616
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1414
Legal Professions and Studies1313
Construction Trades1212
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences99
English Language and Literature & Letters88
Mechanic and Repair Technologies & Technicians66
Architecture and Related Services66
Philosophy and Religious Studies66
Precision Production44
Biological and Biomedical Sciences33
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics33
Personal and Culinary Services11
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.

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

AddressHighway 1
San Luis Obispo, California, 93403-8106
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Small
City population45,000