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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo was awarded 145 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo landed the #155 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also holds the #20 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 35%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 600 to 680 )
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SAT Math Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 600 to 700 )
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo received ACT scores from 68% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 26 to 31 )
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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, this rate is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 95% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 21,098 undergraduates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with 20,333 being full-time and 765 being part-time.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 94.19 out of 100, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.19 out of 100
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How Much Does California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $20,592. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,301 $14,658 $18,834 $21,965 $25,819

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $5,721 a year. That adds up to $22,884 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $66,900 in their early years. That's great news for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students since it is 68% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is a public institution located in San Luis Obispo, California. San Luis Obispo is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Contact details for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Phone: 805-756-1111
Website: calpoly.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaPolytechnic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/calpoly

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 81 majors graduated from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Of these students, 5,185 received undergraduate degrees and 539 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 762 $59,800
Mechanical Engineering 264 $71,600
General Biology 241 $31,200
Agricultural Economics & Business 181 $54,700
Animal Science 180 $29,100
Computer Science 169 NA
Civil Engineering 149 $68,100
Computer Engineering 141 $88,200
General Architecture 135 $52,900
Electrical Engineering 135 $73,800

Learn more about the majors offered at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,685 students took at least one online class at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. This is an increase from the 1,003 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,685 48
2016-2017 1,003 35
2015-2016 892 14
2014-2015 649 7
2013-2014 71 4

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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