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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

3,279 reviews
  1. San Luis Obispo, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
SAT Range
1130-1320
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$16,783/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,611/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,644/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,508/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,388/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,528/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.140 responses
24%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.139 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.138 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,578Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
  • Academically and socially balanced
    54%
  • Active
    32%
  • Busy
    10%
  • Similar
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
27%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.203 responses
Poll
0%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.261 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 62 responses
  • Communication skills are most important
    2%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    5%
  • Learn by doing
    94%

After California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses

Reviews

3,279 reviews
  • Excellent
    636
  • Very Good
    1278
  • Average
    1082
  • Poor
    212
  • Terrible
    71
Career Services is an incredible resource on campus to find jobs that pertain to your interests. I have a wide array of professional networks I have made through being very involved on Cal Poly's campus. The alumni that have stayed involved with CP truly care about the current students and want to mentor and guide them during their years as a student and beyond.
  • College Senior
  • 21 days ago
I have had the greatest experiences with my professors of all subjects. My class sizes don't exceed thirty students, and each of my professors have all known my name. I am so grateful to attend a school that values such small class sizes!
  • College Senior
  • 21 days ago
Cal Poly is the most incredible school. The past three years, I have had more opportunities to truly learn my craft than I have in the real business world. Choose this school no matter what your major is; you won't regret it.
  • College Senior
  • 21 days ago