California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Website: www.calpoly.edu/

Public
Co-ed
21,037
Undergraduate
Students
(48.3%) 10,158 Women
(51.7%) 10,879 Men
775
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
30% of 54,663 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
 
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.00
SAT Math
620-730 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
655 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
29 average
26-32 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $27,998
Out-of-state: $39,878
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,816
Out-of-state: $21,696
Room and Board
$13,796
Average Percent of Need Met
56%
Average Freshman Award
$10,106
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,298
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
958
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 3% of classes
10-19 students: 12% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 27% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
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Campus Life

San Luis Obispo Population
45,878
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
32% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Mustang
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
7% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.6% Asian
0.8% Black/African-American
17.4% Hispanic/Latino
7.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.5% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students
2.3%
First-Year Students Returning
94.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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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 Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1 Grand Avenue
City, State, Zip
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone
(805) 756-2311
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
 
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
30% of 54,663 applicants were admitted
Women
35% of 26,238 applicants were admitted
Men
26% of 28,425 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
5,644 (34%) of 16,491 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,483 (27%) of 9,192 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,400 (33%) of 7,299 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
6,643
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
2,436

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.00
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
620-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
40%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
16%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
655 average
620-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
25%
Score of 600 - 700
60%
Score of 500 - 600
15%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
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
48%
Score of 24 - 29
43%
Score of 18 - 23
8%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 59%
Top quarter: 89%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $27,998
Out-of-state: $39,878
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $9,816
Out-of-state: $21,696
Room and Board
$13,796
Books and Supplies
$1,599
Other Expenses
$2,787
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@calpoly.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001143
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,152 (76.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,127 (50.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,014 (94.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
189 (11.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
56%
Average Award
$10,106
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,903 (94.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,456
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,317 (65.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,116
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 80 (5.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
636 (12.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,683

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
12,403 (59.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
8,266 (66.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,896 (95.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
672 (9.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Award
$10,770
Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,383 (92.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,648
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,046 (65.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,871
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 270 (3.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,600 (12.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,205

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
42%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,298
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, TEACH Grants, California Dream Grants
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Rodeo
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Local/State Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Communication/Journalism
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Mechanization, General
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Civil Engineering, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Dairy Science
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forestry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic Communications, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Journalism
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Viticulture and Enology
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Business/marketing, Agriculture
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
958
Part-Time Faculty
528
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
48%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 3% of classes
10-19 students: 12% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 27% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 35% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of City and Regional Planning, Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • English
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


San Luis Obispo Population
45,878
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
6,000 acres

Weather

Temperature
40.3 average low in January, 75.2 average high in September
Rain
33 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in San Luis Obispo
Nearest Train Station
4 mile(s) from campus in San Luis Obispo

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
32% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Mustang
School Colors
Forest green and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf   x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf   x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
golf
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, racquetball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
11% of women participate
Fraternities
7% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
21,037
Women
10,158 (48.3%)
Men
10,879 (51.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
20,272
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.6% Asian
0.8% Black/African-American
17.4% Hispanic/Latino
7.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
55.5% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students.
2.3%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
775

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
94.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
77.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
82.1%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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