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California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

School Profile

  • California Polytechnic State University: San Luis ObispoPublic Four-year University in San Luis Obispo, CA
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  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Regionally Accredited: Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Students: 18,516
First-year Undergraduate Students: 3,501
Undergraduate Students Who are Seeking Degree: 18,400
Graduate Students: 955

Degree Programs Offered and Courses List

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Agribusiness Operations
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Business
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Education
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Agricultural science
  • Bachelor of Agronomy/Crop Science
  • Bachelor of Animal Sciences
  • Bachelor of Architectural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Art - General
  • Bachelor of Art and design
  • Bachelor of Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Child Development
  • Bachelor of City/Community/Regional Planning
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Commercial/Advertising Art
  • Bachelor of Communications/Rhetoric
  • Bachelor of Comparative ethnic studies
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Dairy Science
  • Bachelor of Drama/Theater Arts
  • Bachelor of Earth science
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Electrical/Communications Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering - General
  • Bachelor of English Language & Literature - General
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental management & protection
  • Bachelor of Exercise Sciences
  • Bachelor of Finance/Banking
  • Bachelor of Food Science
  • Bachelor of Foods/Nutrition Studies
  • Bachelor of Foreign Language & Literature - General
  • Bachelor of Forestry - General
  • Bachelor of Fruit science
  • Bachelor of Geology
  • Bachelor of Graphic Communications
  • Bachelor of History - General
  • Bachelor of Horticulture Science
  • Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Industrial technology
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Bachelor of Management Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering
  • Bachelor of Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Materials Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mathematics - General
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Microbiology
  • Bachelor of Music - General
  • Bachelor of Parks/Leisure Facilities Management
  • Bachelor of Pest Management
  • Bachelor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Physical Sciences - General
  • Bachelor of Physics
  • Bachelor of Political Science/Government
  • Bachelor of Psychology - General
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences - General
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Soil Science and Agronomy
  • Bachelor of Statistics
  • Bachelor of Wine and viticulture

Online Degrees and Certificates

  • Online Undergraduate Courses
  • Undergraduate Distance Class
  • Online Associate's Degrees
  • Online Bachelor's Degrees
  • Online Graduate Courses
  • Graduate Distance Class
  • Online Master's Degrees
  • Online Doctoral Degrees


  • In-state tuition and fees: $5,826
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $15,996

International Students Admissions Requirements

  • TOEFL: required for international applicants
  • Minimum Paper-Based TOEFL score: 550
  • Minimum Internet-Based TOEFL score: 80
  • TOEFL (paper) average score: 555


Member: NCAA
Team name: Mustangs


  • Ranked #7 Regional Universities (West)
  • Ranked #115 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
  • Ranked #5 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • Ranked #3 Civil
  • Ranked #2 Computer
  • Ranked #3 Electrical / Electronic / Communications
  • Ranked #3 Mechanical
  • Ranked #1 Top Public Schools
  • Ranked #148 Public Affairs

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Admissions Address

Admissions Office, Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031
(805) 756-2311
Fax: (805) 756-5400
Contact: James Maraviglia
Admissions Officer

Entering Class Stats

Fall 2010 Selectivity
Selectivity more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate 33%
Early decision acceptance rate 19%
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 34%

Fall 2010 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments
Applicants 33,627
Female applicants 15,789
Male applicants 17,838
Applicants accepted 10,944
Female applicants accepted 5,547
Male applicants accepted 5,397
Freshman enrollment 3,524
Female freshman enrollment 1,675
Male freshman enrollment 1,849
Early decision applicants 4,069
Early decision applicants accepted 791
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2010 Wait List
School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 1,746
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list 31

Fall 2010 High School Rank
Freshman students submitting high school class standing 53%

Fall 2010 High School GPA
Freshman students submitting high school GPA 96%
Average high school GPA 3.8
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2010 Freshman SAT Scores
Freshman students submitting SAT scores 91%
SAT Critical Reading average score 588
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 540-640
SAT Critical Reading score breakdown
SAT Math average score 627
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 580-680
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2010 Freshman ACT Scores
Freshman students submitting ACT scores 62%
Average ACT Composite score 27
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 24-29
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 24-30
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 25-31



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