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Cuesta College

Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA

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Individuals looking to jump start their career can take advantage of all the opportunities that Cuesta College offers.  The school offers outstanding degree programs in technology. These programs include Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Electronics and Electrical Technology, and Welding. In just two years, students will be ready to start a career in the field of their choice and increase their earning potential. Your education is an investment that will continue to payoff over and over again.

Cuesta College has a storied history which goes back to the 1960s. It has educated students at different types of instructional sites. Through the years, Cuesta has taught in Cambria, Morro Bay, Atascadero, Shandon, Paso Robles, Templeton, Arroyo Grande, and Nipomo. The cost of tuition is very affordable. Full time California residents pay a low rate of $1,196 per semester.

Cuesta College is eager to help students with the task of finding ways to pay for college. The school works with students from diverse backgrounds to make paying for college possible for everyone.

The college offers many outstanding distance education programs for the working adult. These courses place more responsibility on the learner and require them to use independent study skills.

Cuesta College can help you transfer to a four-year university after completing your associate’s degree. Cuesta has partnered with Columbia College, Cal State Tech, Brandman University, and the University of La Verne.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,200-$1,400
    • Out-of-State: $6,400-$7,644
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $250-$290 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid59%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships56%$3,694
Receiving Student Loans6%$5,316

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Cuesta College may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Cuesta College, versus those community colleges in California, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 Cuesta CollegeSan Luis Obispo CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate33.2%-24.3%
Transfer-out Rate15.8%-13.8%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Cuesta College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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Contact Information

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Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
nan%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
59%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
24:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
4

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$2,560