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

San Luis Obispo, CA

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Student Essentials

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Student Essentials
Region: Southwest
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Mustangs
Nickname: Cal Poly
Website: www.calpoly.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $8,043
Out-of-State Tuition: $19,701
Retention Rate: 93%
Enrollment: 19,459
Year Established: 1901

About Cal Poly

The California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, is a distinctive learning community that offers students an exceptional hands-on education to prepare them for the scientific and technical world of tomorrow.

Hundreds of recruiting firms employ students from the university each year. The school hosts an average of 300 to 600 different employers throughout the year, providing students with a wealth of networking opportunities.

Student life includes a variety of campus events and student groups. The school hosts theatre productions, concerts and guest speakers as its upscale performing arts center. Many leadership and volunteer activities are offered to help with professional development.

Academics include a variety of bachelor’s degrees through six colleges:

  • Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Business

Graduate programs are offered in Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Psychology, Industrial Engineering and many more.

Admissions require students to select a major on their application. Major changes are not allowed after a student applies. Students should not send in additional materials unless contacted by the school.

Tuition is set lower for California residents. Financial aid is available to eligible students who file a FAFSA between January 1 to March 2 of the prior academic year. Types of aid include scholarships, state grants, federal grants, loans and more.

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Cal Poly Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 10 Reviews

80% of students gave California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Love the school, very beautiful area full of rolling hills, awesome people, you should definitely apply.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Overall Rating

I loved my college experience! San Luis Obispo is a small town, but it was a great place to live for 4+ years. The only tough part about Cal Poly is that its so impacted, a lot of students don't graduate in 4 years because they can't get the classes needed to complete their degrees. Oftentimes classes are offered only one quarter a year, and if you can't get in, you have to wait until the next year to take it. But other than that, it was a beautiful, fun place to go to college, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a 4 year university. Great balance of academic life and social life.


Cal Poly Map & Location

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
One Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


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Getting Around Cal Poly

Walkability

Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.

7/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for San Luis Obispo, CA

Winter
Dec
61
43
Jan
61
44
Feb
62
45
Spring
Mar
64
46
Apr
66
47
May
69
49
Summer
Jun
73
52
Jul
76
55
Aug
77
55
Fall
Sep
77
54
Oct
74
52
Nov
67
47

Cal Poly Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 18,116
Freshman Class 4,254
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 19,459

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 13%
  • African American: 1%
  • Caucasian: 63%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Unknown and Other: 11%
Latino 13%
African American 1%
Caucasian 63%
Asian 11%
Unknown and Other 11%

Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%
Women 46%
Men 54%
International 1%
Domestic 99%

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