Overview

Applicants
40,402
Acceptance Rate
35%
Average HS GPA
3.87

GPA Breakdown

65%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 640
SAT Math
580 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
October 31

Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,307
with Terminal Degree
770

806
Men
501
Women
22
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Burt Rutan
Futuristic aircraft designer

Bill Swanson
Raytheon chairman & CEO

Rick Sturckow and Robert "Hoot" Gibson
Astronauts

George Ramos
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist

Kathleen Holmgren
Sun Microsystems senior VP

Thomas Sabol
Getty Center structural engineer

Monty Roberts
Author of "The Man Who Listens to Horses"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

A Cal Poly graduate can expect a great return on their investment in their education. In a 2008–2009, self-reported survey conducted by Career Services, 81 percent of graduates reported they are working full time or attending graduate school (56 percent reported job offers before graduation). Science and tech-oriented grads are in high demand in the job market, and so once you get the degree it’s a relatively easy sell, especially since Cal Poly hosts from 300 to 600 different employers each year through its on-campus recruiting program and job fair events.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,259

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,567

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,854

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,259

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$5,472
Required Fees
$3,252
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,776

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,936
Transportation for Commuters
$1,158

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Federal TEACH Grant
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
18,739
Out of State
10%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

11.55%
Asian
15.20%
Hispanic
60.39%
Caucasian
4.84%
Unknown
1.59%
International

45% female
55% male
10% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
65

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
J Trey Duffy

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Refer to: drc.calpoly.edu

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Refer to: drc.calpoly.edu

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
400
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
23

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Mustangs)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Mustangs)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
68

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
James Maraviglia
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031

Phone
805-756-2311

Email
admissions@calpoly.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Performing Arts Center
Recreation Center
Julian's Coffee Shop
Spanos Stadium
University Union
University Bookstore

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Farmer's Market
Avila Beach
Pismo Beach
Hearst Castle
Montana de Oro

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon.-Fri. at 11:10 a.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon.-Fri., 1:00 p.m. (after campus tour)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact department or college prior to visit.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City buses run to campus approximately every 20 minutes - free for students, faculty and staff. Buses also make runs to campus from outlying areas. We have taxi companies that are available 24 hours a day. There is also an AMTRAK station at the east end of town that has several daily runs into town. The closest airport is a couple of miles outside the town's center and connects with major cities.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Heading south on U.S. 101, take the Cal Poly/Grand Avenue exit. Turn right at the top of the hill, then left and come up to Grand Avenue. Take a right on Grand Avenue, and four or five blocks up is the entrance to Cal Poly. Stop at the information kiosk on the right-hand side of the street, purchase a parking pass, and the attendant will instruct you where to park. Heading North on U.S. 101, take the Grand Avenue exit and turn left onto Grand Avenue. Four or five blocks up is the entrance to Cal Poly. Stop at the information kiosk on the right-hand side of the street, purchase a parking pass, and the attendant will instruct you where to park.
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Key Stats

40,402
Applicants
18,739
Size
35%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

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