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California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)

1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA

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About
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, is a public, four year institution that was established in 1901. The school was originally a vocational high school, which changed when it came under the stewardship of the state, resulting in it becoming a two year institution in 1933. By 1942 the school had begun offering four year degree, followed by master's degrees in 1949. By 1960 the school's control was transferred to an independent board of trustees that later became the California State University System. The school is one of two polytechnic institutions in the California State University System, the second being California Polytechnic State University Pomona, which was originally an extension of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo founded in 1938.


Academics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers a large number of bachelor and master degree programs, most of which are dedicated to technical and applied science majors. Bachelor degree programs take approximately four years to complete and require the student take a combination of lower and upper division courses related to their major, general education courses, and elective courses that allow students to experience classes and ideas outside of their major. Additionally, students are able to take on a minor degree through additional courses that confer allow for a second area of study.


Master degree programs require students to have earned the appropriate bachelor's degree to be considered for admission. Students will have to take a graduate exam and have a strong academic record to be considered for admission. Individuals will apply to a program rather than the school, and space for a given program is limited each year.


Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals wishing to enroll at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo must complete the application for admission,  provide all pertinent transcripts, write the required essays, provide teacher recommendations and any other information the school may ask for. Students will have their application reviewed by the school, and if they meet or exceed the requirements for admission, the student will be admitted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Any California residents that meet the California State University GPA to SAT/ACT test score scale will be guaranteed admission to a California State University school, though not necessarily the one they have chosen.


Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA), which is the primary source of information for the school's financial aid department when reviewing student need and aid program eligibility when constructing an aid packet. California residents are also eligible for CalGrants, which are offered based on academic success as well as need. Aid must be applied for prior to each academic year, and students should complete the process early to ensure they meet all posted deadlines.


Athletics
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo participates in athletics through the NCAA Division 1. The school's mascot is Musty the Mustang, and the school maintains a rivalry with UC Santa Barbara. Individuals participating in athletics are required to maintain a certain level of academic performance. Individuals will also learn valuable skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and discipline. Interested students should contact the school's athletic department to begin the process of participation, including tryouts and forms.


Athletic programs include:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo has a total student population of about 21,000. The student body is made up of 96% undergraduate students and 24% graduate students.

$18,200

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. 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 range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid52%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships47%$5,621
Receiving Student Loans27%$5,890
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo has an overall graduation rate which is close to 70%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years29%
Graduating in 5 Years32%
Graduating in 6 Years8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation (since 1995)
  • Dietetics Program
    • * Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1974)
  • Music Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2003)

Intercollegiate Athletics

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big West Conference)
  • Basketball (Big West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big West Conference)
  • Football (Big Sky Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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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 California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo 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

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
31.29%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
52%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
22:1

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$5,827