Cal Poly

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

One Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, United States
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  • Total Documents
    3,137
  • Class Notes
    2,141
  • Textbook Notes
    515
  • Study Guides
    478
  • Currently Enrolled
    3,486
  • Previously Enrolled
    1,565

Overview of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)

About this school

  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:21,297
    • Men:11,127 Men (52.2%)
    • Women:10,170 Women (47.8%)

Location

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Admission Information (Cal Poly)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
5
Mathematics
3
5
Science
2
4
Foreign Language
2
4
Social Studies
1
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
December 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 Grand Avenue
City, State, Zip
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone
(805) 756-2311
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
-

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
35% of 48,588 applicants were admitted
Women
40% of 23,092 applicants were admitted
Men
30% of 25,496 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
5,644 (34%) of 16,817 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,884 (31%) of 9,173 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,760 (36%) of 7,644 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.95
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
653 average |610-710 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
31%
• Score 600 - 700
49%
• Score 500 - 600
20%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
22%
• Score 600 - 700
58%
• Score 500 - 600
20%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28 average |26-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
40%
• Score 24 - 29
51%
• Score 18 - 23
9%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (Cal Poly)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $9,432|Out-of-state: $21,312 (34.74%)
  • Room & Board: - $13,115 (48.3%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,884 (6.94%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,721 (10.02%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001143
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,321 (76.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,659 (50.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,562 (94.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
172 (11.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
58%
Average Award
$9,996
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,482 (94.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,340
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,015 (65.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,102
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 81 (5.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
558 (12.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,916

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
11,669 (59.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
7,832 (67.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,438 (95.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
670 (9.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
58%
Average Award
$10,456
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,902 (92.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,563
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,892 (65.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,887
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 246 (3.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
2,472 (12.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,301

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
42%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$21,852
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
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
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership, Rodeo
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Local/State Students

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (Cal Poly)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


952

Part-Time Faculty


521

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


49%

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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not reported

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


95.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


47.3%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


77.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


82.1%

Programs & Majors (Cal Poly)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (64)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Engineering, Business/marketing, Agriculture

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Master's Programs of Study (31)


  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • History
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Natural Resources
  • Nutrition
  • Political Science
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Psychology--General
  • Taxation
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Life (Cal Poly)

Location & Geography

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

Available Transportation


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 of College Housing


36% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are not guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


64%

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

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


20,530

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
21,297
Women
10,170
Men
11,127

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 13.2% Asian
  • 0.8% Black/African-American
  • 17.2% Hispanic/Latino
  • 7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 55.9% White
  • 4.9% Unknown

International Students


2.2%

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


891

Student Resources (Cal Poly)