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

San Luis Obispo, CA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Business and Management
Agricultural Mechanization
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Sciences
Dairy Science
Food Science
Horticultural Science
Ornamental Horticulture
Other Natural Resources Management and Policy
Soil Science and Agronomy
Viticulture and Enology

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Fine/Studio Arts
Foreign Languages and Literatures
General Music
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Other Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Rhetoric and Composition


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Graphic Communications


Major Bachelors Masters
Agricultural Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Software Engineering
Construction Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Health and Physical Education
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
Polymer Chemistry

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Fire Services Administration

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender and Group Studies
Other Social Sciences
Political Science and Government
Social Sciences

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Industrial Technology/Technician


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science

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Cal Poly Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 10 Reviews

90% of students gave California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Academics Rating

Most of the professors are really passionate about their subject which makes it very interesting to listen to them lecture. Class size is mostly about 28 with some lecture halls reaching about 200. Advisors are easy to talk to and locate. Hard to get an A as most grades are based off of tests and papers with very limited homework to help boost up the grade.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2004

Academics Rating

I was an English major, which was a strange pick for a polytechnic school, but the department was small, so my classes were very small and I got a lot of personal attention. It was difficult declaring my major before I was accepted, and had I been given the chance to take a year or two of per-requisites before needing to declare a major, I may have chosen business just because of the job opportunities that major allowed for post-grad. But I enjoyed the subject and the classes very much, and I have a great job in advertising, so it all worked out.

Cal Poly Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Retention Rate 93%
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in April, August, and September.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Sea Semester
  • Other: Member of National Student Exchange.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Other: architecture, mathematics, statistics, English, graphic communications

Class Sizes at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 15%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 10%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 71%
  • 100+ Students: 4%
Fewer than 20 Students 15%
50 - 100 Students 10%
20 - 49 Students 71%
100+ Students 4%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 80
  • Asian: 7
  • Latino: 6
  • Unknown and Other: 6
  • African American: 1
Caucasian 80
Asian 7
Latino 6
Unknown and Other 6
African American 1

Faculty at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Total Faculty 1,046
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 22
Full-Time Professors 1,908
Male Faculty 652
Part-Time Professors 376
Women Faculty 394

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