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Founded in 1901, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a nationally ranked public university that prides ourselves on the individual success of our students. For the 25th consecutive year, Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Learn by Doing approach sets us apart from other colleges and universities. As a Cal Poly student, you will have access to the powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. At Cal Poly, most courses are taught (by professors) in small classrooms—not large lecture halls.

Cal Poly boasts a 19:1 student to faculty ratio. As a result, Cal Poly offers a close community of motivated students and professors who will provide the inspiration and support you’ll need to keep you academically and personally challenged.

Within one year of graduation, 89% of our graduates are employed full time or are in graduate school. No matter what path you choose, we will help make sure that you are ready when you get there. To learn more, visit our Viewbook at https://viewbook.calpoly.edu/

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Overview

Applicants
54,663
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average HS GPA
4.00

GPA Breakdown

84%
Over 3.75
11%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
1,486
with Terminal Degree
870

877
Men
609
Women
52
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism.
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Dairy Science.
  • Food Science.
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Agricultural Engineering.
  • Architectural Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Civil Engineering, Other.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Dietetics/Dietitian.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Burt Rutan
Futuristic Aircraft designer

Bill Swanson
Raytheon Chairman & CEO

Victor Glover
NASA Astronaut

George Ramos
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter and Columnist

Kathleen Holmgren
Sun Microsystems senior VP

John Madden
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach

Weird Al Yankovic
Singer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

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

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,456

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,648

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,052

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,298

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,456

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,742
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$264
Required Fees
$4,074
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,941

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,274
Transportation for Commuters
$1,284

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,796
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Federal TEACH Grant; California Dream 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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
21,037

Demographics

13.27%
Asian
17.08%
Hispanic
54.34%
Caucasian
4.40%
Unknown
2.09%
International

2% female
98% male
14% are out of state

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
402
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
18

7% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Mustangs)
11 Sports

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

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

Student Services

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

Sustainability

98/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
James Maraviglia
Vice Provost for Enrollment Development and Chief Marketing Officer

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

Phone
805-756-2913

Email
admissions@calpoly.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Performing Arts Center
Recreation Center
Julian's Cafe Bistro
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 11:00 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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