California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo

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1 Grand Avenue

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Phone: (805) 756-1111
2013-2014 Tuition
$8,997
in-state
$20,157
out-of-state
Students
17,680
enrolled
55%
male /
45%
female
Admissions
Nov. 30
application deadline
31.2%
accepted

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Summary

California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo is a public institution that was founded in 1901. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,680, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 6,000 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 9. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,997 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,157 (2013-14).

California Polytechnic State University, also known as Cal Poly, is located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Graduate students at Cal Poly can pursue any of nearly 30 degrees, including those in the the Orfalea College of Business or the School of Education. Undergraduate students can choose from almost 70 majors, with Cal Poly’s highly ranked engineering programs as the most popular choice. There are more than 80 state-of-the-art laboratories and 50 clubs dedicated specifically to the Cal Poly College of Engineering. Students can also get involved with any of the other 300 student organizations, including Rose Float, which allows students to conceptualize and create a float for the New Year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. For student athletes, Cal Poly offers dozens of intramural and club sports, along with the nearly 20 Cal Poly Mustangs varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big West and Great West conferences. Notable alumni include retired pro football coach and NBC sports commentator John Madden and comedic musician “Weird Al” Yankovic.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

As a predominantly undergraduate university serving California, the mission of Cal Poly is to discover, integrate, articulate, and apply knowledge. This it does by emphasizing teaching; engaging in research; participating in the various communities (local, state, and international) with which it pursues common interests; and where appropriate, providing students with the unique experience of direct involvement with the actual challenges of their disciplines in the United States and abroad. Cal Poly undergraduate students identify with their major from the beginning of their Cal Poly career. Students select majors at the time they apply for admission, and they take courses in their major starting in their first year. This gives them a chance to decide early if they have chosen a field that is appropriate to their interests and abilities. It also helps students associate with faculty and other students in their field, share common interests, and learn in a supportive atmosphere. Classes emphasize active learning methods and include a high proportion of lab work and field work. Activities both on and off campus provide opportunities to apply what is learned in the classroom. Cal Poly emphasizes a complete education that teaches students to think logically, evaluate critically, and communicate clearly.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1901
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $171,357,246

Applying

When applying to California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30, and the early decision deadline is October 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 1. The application fee at California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo is $55. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 31.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 31.3%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo is 19:1, and the school has 15.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo include: Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Architecture and Related Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Engineering 29%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 11%
Architecture and Related Services 6%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo has a total undergraduate enrollment of 17,680, with a gender distribution of 55.2 percent male students and 44.8 percent female students. At this school, 36 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64 percent of students live off campus. California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,679
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo, 38.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,605.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,997 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,157 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,123 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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