California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Is Cal Poly San Luis Obispo a Good School for the Money?

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Value Report

College Factual set out to determine if Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is asking a fair price for the quality of education they provide. Keep reading for the detailed value report.

Within California, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Offers Good Quality at a Great Price.

Top 15% California Value
Top 20% California Quality

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ranked #20 out of #116 in California for quality and #11 out of #90 for California value.

This makes it a good quality for a great value in the state.

State Value Ranking  11 out of 90
Overpriced
Great Value
State Value Score  87.78 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Find out if Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers in-state tuition that you may qualify for.

Above Average Value Nationwide

Top 25% National Value
Top 10% National Quality

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ranked #356 out of 1,472 for value nationwide.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is a good value according to College Factual's value analysis. It is priced competitively based on the quality of the education provided.

National Value Ranking  356 out of 1472
Overpriced
Great Value
National Value Score  75.82 out of 100
Overpriced
Great Value

Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores

School Total Price Value Grade
Florida State University $117,797 A+
College of Saint Benedict $132,231 A
Saint Johns University $133,546 A
Saint Anselm College $156,037 B+
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo $158,113 B+
St Lawrence University $162,466 B
Ithaca College $165,416 B
Illinois Institute of Technology $169,562 B
Marquette University $178,210 C+
University of Scranton $180,378 C+
Baylor University $188,387 C

*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.

Bottom Line: You'll Spend an Estimated $158,113 For That Piece of Paper

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo time to graduate is about 4.47 years and will cost an estimated $35,372 per year. This brings the total cost to 158,113.

Amount
Average Yearly Cost $35,372
Average Years to Graduate 4.47
Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree $158,113

Many Factors Affect Net Price

There are many ways you can lower the cost of a college education. Consider taking advantage of in-state tuition, or shortening the length of your degree by taking summer classes. Learn more about Cal Poly San Luis Obispo cost for other factors that may affect net price such as the financial aid you qualify for that is largely based on your family's income.

Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?

$99,109 In-State With Aid
$174,115 Avg Cost No Aid
4.47 Years to Graduate

The net price YOU pay may be very different than the typical net price.

Look at the table below to determine your likely cost of a bachelor's degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Nationwide Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $174,115 #60 A+
All Students $158,113 #356 B+
Only Students Receiving Aid $143,921 #408 B
In-State Value by Aid Group Avg Degree Cost Value Rank Value Grade
Students with no Aid $129,304 #1 A+
All Students $113,301 #11 A
Only Students Receiving Aid $99,109 #13 A

Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of California.

About 64% of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students receive financial aid. Get more details on what Cal Poly San Luis Obispo financial aid you may qualify for.

How to Calculate Value

College Factual calculates value by calculating average Cal Poly San Luis Obispo cost multiplied by time to graduate, and then compares that number to other schools of a similar quality ranking. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.

Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.

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