30%

Acceptance Rate

$5,836

Avg.Financial Aid

001143

FAFSA Code

About California Polytechnic State University (Cal-Poly)

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

Public

4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College

22,013

Website

calpoly.edu

Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.

WASC

Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?

Yes

California Polytechnic State University (or Cal Poly) is a public institution which is headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. The founding of California Polytechnic State University, with its “learn-by-doing” philosophy, began when local journalist Myron Angel gathered a group of citizens in 1894 to lobby for a state school in San Luis Obispo. On March 8, 1901, Governor Gage signed legislation to establish the California Polytechnic School.

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 and at the same time provide a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. Cal Poly also values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

  • The student-faculty ratio of the college is 21:1.

  • Cal Poly - The college is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • The total student population of the college is 21,306, in which 20,340 are full-time and 966 are part-time students.


Online Education at Cal-Poly

The university provides the benefit of choosing online courses which may be the best option for students who may have geographical constraints or are preoccupied in some other work already. 

  • The university provides 4 online programs across various disciplines. University majors include Business Management, Engineering, and Information Technology. 

  • The University is at the forefront of creating jobs for the emerging 'green workforce," educating future leaders in environmental fields and sustainable practices. As more students opt for online education, University continues to create innovative methods of learning online, accessible from anywhere.

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Review

The reviews of the university show that the students and faculty are happy with the results they get from the same. Some of the reviews are given below - 

  • The university will be open to students suggestions and are always ready to guide and help them to reach their goals. 

  • The student has got many things to do around campus. The department of student activities, on the other hand, is committed to providing the best time for all their students on campus.

Location & Contact

Address

1 Grand Ave.

Contact

Email: N/A
Phone: 8057561111
Fax: 8057561111
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Rankings

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has found its place in several rank lists in recent times. Universities and colleges are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. The various ranks awarded to the college are

  • The university is ranked 12 in 'Regional Universities West'.

  • The CPSC is ranked 6 in 'Best Colleges for Veterans'.

  • The university is ranked 8 in 'Best Undergraduate Teaching'.

Admissions

Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

30th Nov

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.

30%

SAT Range

1240 - 1430

ACT Range

26 - 32

Application Fee

$55

SAT/ACT

Required

High School GPA

Required

Accept Common App

None

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.

$20,036

Average Annual Cost

$5,742

Books And Supplies

$1,941

Other Fees

$4,074

Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.

$13,770

Budget For Other Expenses

$2,775

Total One Year Cost

$28,302

Academics

Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio

21:1

Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

94%

Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

92%

Academic Calendar

Quarter

Research Funding per Student

$121

Faculty Overview

64%

Male Professors

36%

Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad

Majors

Business Administration, Management...

642 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering

243 Graduates

Biology, General

187 Graduates

Computer Engineering

168 Graduates

Agricultural Business and Managemen...

152 Graduates

Computer Science

149 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

147 Graduates

Animal Sciences

146 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

138 Graduates

Psychology, General

137 Graduates

Architecture

136 Graduates

Civil Engineering

130 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

104 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

99 Graduates

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astrona...

87 Graduates

Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Se...

85 Graduates

Industrial Engineering

84 Graduates

Graphic Communications

78 Graduates

Journalism

76 Graduates

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

74 Graduates

Agricultural Production Operations

68 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

67 Graduates

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studi...

67 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

66 Graduates

Economics

64 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

64 Graduates

Natural Resources Management and Po...

64 Graduates

Sociology

63 Graduates

Industrial Production Technologies/...

58 Graduates

Political Science and Government

55 Graduates

History

53 Graduates

Architectural Engineering

51 Graduates

Materials Engineering

50 Graduates

Mathematics

50 Graduates

Plant Sciences

48 Graduates

Construction Management

47 Graduates

Agricultural Public Services

42 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

40 Graduates

Social Sciences, Other

40 Graduates

Agricultural Engineering

38 Graduates

Food Science and Technology

37 Graduates

Environmental/Environmental Health...

33 Graduates

Forestry

32 Graduates

Chemistry

31 Graduates

Microbiological Sciences and Immuno...

31 Graduates

Landscape Architecture

28 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

27 Graduates

Physics

26 Graduates

Agriculture, General

25 Graduates

Statistics

22 Graduates

Manufacturing Engineering

20 Graduates

City/Urban, Community and Regional...

19 Graduates

Philosophy

17 Graduates

Agricultural Mechanization

16 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

16 Graduates

Construction Engineering

14 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

12 Graduates

Music

12 Graduates

Engineering Science

10 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

9 Graduates

Soil Sciences

4 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

4 Graduates

Applied Horticulture and Horticultu...

1 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students

21,098

Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

18%

Full-time

96%

Part-time

4%

Students Gender

Male

52%

US National: 44%

Female

48%

US National: 56%

LGBTQIA STUDENT RESOURCE GROUPS

ON CAMPUS WOMEN'S CENTER

Race/Ethnicity

54% White

5% Unknown

1% Black

17% Hispanic

8% Two or more races

2% Non Resident alien

13% Asian

0 American Indian/Alaska native

0 Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density

High

0

Unknown Location

16%

Out Of State

83%

In State

1%

Foreign

Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$74,684 per year

Campus Life

Housing

The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available

Yes

Freshmen Required to Live on Campus

No

Freshmen Live on Campus

N/A

Undergrads in College Housing

35%

Averege Housing Cost

$8,259/year

Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,537/year.

Meal Plan Available

Yes

Average Meal Plan Available

$5,537/year

Athletes

Division Sports Nickname

Mustangs

School Colors

green and gold

Varsity Athletics Association

NCAA

Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Big Sky Conference

Total Male Athletes

326

Total Female Athletes

148

Intramural Sports

16

Sports Club

36

Sports Team (Men)

Baseball

Basketball

Cross Country

Football

Golf

Soccer

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Track and Field

Wrestling

Sports Team (Women)

Basketball

Cross Country

Golf

Soccer

Softball

Swimming and Diving

Tennis

Track and Field

Volleyball

Beach Volleyball

Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol

Yes

Campus Emergency Phones

Yes

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Yes

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

Yes

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation

$52,100/year

Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation

$66,900/year

Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$0 $100,000

$13,000

$26,250

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$135 - 272

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.

52%

Average Aid Per Year

$5,836

Students Receiving Federal Grants

16%

Average Aid Per Year

$4,974

Students Receiving State Aid

29%

Average Aid Per Year

$2,824

Students Receiving Institutional Grants

36%

Average Aid Per Year

$4,069

Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.

Income

Average Amount

< $30K

$13,772

$30K - $48K

$12,415

$48K - $75K

$8,239

$75K - $110K

$5,108

> $110K

$1,254

Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants

$1,571,763

Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants

$11,564,466

California Polytechnic State University understands the needs of its students and has provided them the chance to cover their educational fees in the form of aids and scholarships. Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education and is not intended to be used as a student's sole means of income. The types and amounts of aid Cal Poly awards or recommends are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need.

Students can avail these aids by filling out their FAFSA forms. California Polytechnic State University federal school code is 001143.

  • Federal Aid like Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), State Educational Opportunity Program (SEOP), State University Grant (SUG), and loans such as Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans can also be availed.

  • Military Aid includes Veteran's Benefits, Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Cal-Vet Educational Assistance are available.

  • Federal Work-Study option provides part-time job opportunities for students who have financial aid eligibility. FWS gives you a chance to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses and provides valuable work experience.

  • California Polytechnic State University scholarships include Cal Poly scholarships, Donor Scholarships, and The Wrasse Scholarships are also available.

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