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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions Information

San Luis Obispo, CA

Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4 5
Mathematics 3 5
Science 2 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 1  
History 1  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required December 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1 Grand Avenue
City, State, Zip
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone
 
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@calpoly.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
 

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
28% of 54,072 applicants were admitted
Women
32% of 26,064 applicants were admitted
Men
25% of 28,008 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,909 (32%) of 15,366 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,450 (29%) of 8,354 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,459 (35%) of 7,012 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
4,976
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
67

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.99
3.75 and Above
75%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
 
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
655 average
620-740 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
42.3%
Score of 600 - 700
42.64%
Score of 500 - 600
14.98%
Score of 400 - 500
.08%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
656 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
26.24%
Score of 600 - 700
58.7%
Score of 500 - 600
14.79%
Score of 400 - 500
.25%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
29 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
49.28%
Score of 24 - 29
40.24%
Score of 18 - 23
10.34%
Score of 12 - 17
.14%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 54%
Top quarter: 85%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

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