Cogswell Polytechnical College

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1175 Bordeaux Drive

Sunnyvale, CA 94089-9772

Phone: (408) 541-0100
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Cogswell Polytechnical College is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 392 and its setting is suburban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $19,668 (2013-14).

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

Cogswell Polytechnical College has a long and distinguished history as a California institution of higher education. Continuously dedicated to preparing its students for success and leadership in the world around it, Cogswell has always been associated with best practice in the industries and communities it serves.

Today, Cogswell's students are educated to enter into converging global industries in such fields as videogames, digital cinema, digital audio, digital animation and the engineering sciences and professions. This combination of the digital arts with engineering and technology, along with a broad foundation in general education, means that our students graduate with bachelor's degrees and move quickly into the world. The skills and attitudes they explore and develop here serve them well in professions that are changing almost daily.

Cogswell's faculty members, most of whom have strong industry experience and connections, work hard to provide the finest possible academic programs. Our staff is committed to creating the best possible learning environment for our students. Our alumni assist us through internships, jobs, workshops and other bridges to industry. These dedicated people work together within a college that is small, specialized, and personal. Not only won't you get lost here, but you will find an environment that encourages your creativity and exploration, while providing you with first-rate teaching and technology.

Yet even more than our great faculty or top-flight technology, we have an amazing group of students here at Cogswell. These dedicated, hard-working, focused students are gifted with stunning artistic, technological, and visionary talents. I know, because I teach a course every term and find my students smart, refreshing, and committed. One of the best parts of being at Cogswell is your classmates, people who will challenge, inspire, and help you.

Academic Programs

Digital Arts

(B.A.)Digital Art and Animation
with specialization in
3D Animation,Game Development, 3D Modeling, Entertainment Design

(B.S.)Digital Audio Technology
with specialization in
Audio Engineering and Audio Production


(B.S.)Computer Engineering
(B.S.)Software Engineering
(B.S.)Digital Arts Engineering

(B.A.)Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(B.A.)Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Digital Media

Degrees at a Distance Program

(B.S.)Fire Science
o Fire Administration
o Fire Prevention/Technology

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Cogswell Polytechnical College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. It has an an acceptance rate of 49.4 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Cogswell Polytechnical College is 9:1, and the school has 99.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.8 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Cogswell Polytechnical College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 392, with a gender distribution of 79.3 percent male students and 20.7 percent female students. At this school, 22 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 403
Student gender distribution
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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Cogswell Polytechnical College offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Cogswell Polytechnical College, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Cogswell Polytechnical College.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $19,668 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,200 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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