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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo One Grand Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 Phone: (805) 756-1111
  • General Information
    About California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

    Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment in which students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Remedial services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 33,270
    Percent Admitted 33%
    Men Admitted 33%
    Women Admitted 34%
    Full Time Retention Rate 91%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 520 620
      Math 560 670
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 23 28
      English 22 28
      Math 24 29
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 20,553
    Native American 169
    Asian 2,219
    African American 221
    Hispanic 2,297
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 16,745
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 727

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