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The California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Student to Faculty Ratio & Faculty Composition

Does Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have a good student to faculty ratio?

Use the student to faculty ratio, as well as the faculty composition to get an idea of how much attention you'll receive as an individual student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo .

Poor Student to Faculty Ratio

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo , with 21 students for every instructional faculty member, ranks among the lowest in comparison to the national average of 15 :1. This ratio indicates that the number of students split between the same faculty is much higher than normal, and could mean students will experience larger class sizes and fewer opportunities to connect with professors, especially in introductory courses.

Breakdown of Instructional Staff

The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been identified by California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees1,26488138369.7%
Total of Those With Faculty Status1,26488138369.7%
Tenured Faculty5054663992.3%
On Tenure Track206206-100.0%
Not on Tenure Track55320934437.8%
Without Faculty Status----
Graduate Assistants86-86-

Above Average Use of Full-Time Teachers

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo has more full-time teachers than the average school, with 70.0% of instructors teaching full time.

Not Many Adjunct Teachers Here

At California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo , only 27.0% of the teaching staff are part-time non-faculty or non-tenure track faculty. This use of adjuncts is far below the national average of 51.4%, which could be indicative of California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team.

Colleges often use part-time professors and adjuncts to teach courses, rather than full-time faculty. This hiring practice is primarily a way to save money amid increasingly tight budgets. However, it is a controversial practice with strong views on either side. We encourage you to understand this topic more deeply, and how the colleges you are interested in approach faculty hiring. It's your education and your money on the line. Make sure you know what you are getting for it.

Additional Information

You May End Up Getting Taught by a Grad Assistant

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo has 86 instructional graduate assistants that teach or provide teaching-related duties. These responsibilities could range from entirely teaching lower-level courses themselves, to assisting professors by developing teaching materials, preparing or giving exams and grading student work. We suggest you ask the college to what extent graduate assistants are relied on for instruction, so you know what you are paying for.

Additionally, the school has 24 non-instructional graduate assistants.

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