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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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2022 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 1,133 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is graphic communications.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as #70 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cal Poly San Luis Obispo held the #155 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also holds the #13 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 38%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 80% 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 610 and 690. Math scores were between 610 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 610 to 690 )
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SAT Math Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 610 to 720 )
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo  ( 26 to 32 )
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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Freshmen Retention Rate

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 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 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100
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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 21,456 undergraduates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with 20,198 being full-time and 1,258 being part-time.

How Much Does California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is $21,595. 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 +
$12,475 $14,680 $19,407 $22,585 $27,103

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $6,270 a year. That adds up to $25,080 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is 1.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo make about $66,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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 situated 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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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 86 majors graduated from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Of these students, 4,890 received undergraduate degrees and 498 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 654 $67,101
Mechanical Engineering 308 $76,711
General Biology 197 $35,060
Computer Science 191 NA
Animal Science 174 $30,371
Agricultural Economics & Business 162 $56,189
Civil Engineering 159 $72,667
Computer Engineering 158 $95,034
Electrical Engineering 130 $78,814
Architectural Sciences & Technology 126 NA

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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 22,344 students took at least one online class at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. This is an increase from the 1,699 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 22,344 18,546
2018-2019 1,699 68
2017-2018 1,685 48
2016-2017 1,003 35
2015-2016 892 14

Learn more about online learning at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo.

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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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