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Location
San Luis Obispo, CA
Undergrads
17,066
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Weather: We almost always have sunny days, and they are often not too hot with a nice cool rolling breeze.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: So there's never been "unbearable weather, per se" but the weather, day to day, hour to hour, is definitely not consistent in any shape or form. Somedays it'll drizzle intermittently, a couple weeks have been 100 degrees plus, another week was brutally cold. The weather is just something you get used to, but should not be a determinant of coming to Cal Poly by any means...Just, fair warning. Bring an assortment of clothes. P.S. I hate the cold unless I have a ski jacket and comfy boots.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: 70 degrees year round is the best. I come from Las Vegas where it is hot and sunny and I love Poly's weather.

4 College Student

Weather: Moderate weather that is typically cool - cold overnight and bright during the day.

5 College Freshman

Weather: 65-85 degrees all school year. Sunny skies. No Complaints

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 434th
    Coldest Winters
  • 480th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Hometown
Burbank CA
Major
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
2013
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One of the main draws of living in San Luis is the weather. Since the city is coastal, mornings and evenings tend to be cool, while the fog burns off and temperatures shoot up in the afternoon. The average temperature is 70 F, January through December. This means that students can generally wear flip-flops year-round, which is perfect since most Cal Poly students wouldn't go anywhere without their favorite pair of flip-flops.

Winter is the rainy season, with intermittent showers in the spring. Cold days are never unbearably cold, and of course, it never snows. Summers can get quite hot, but a trip to the beach or pool is always a pleasant way to cool down.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 66 °F
Spring - Low: 47 °F
Summer - High: 77 °F
Summer - Low: 55 °F
Fall - High: 73 °F
Fall - Low: 51 °F
Winter - High: 61 °F
Winter - Low: 44 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 1.94 in./month
Summer: 0.05 in./month
Fall: 1.12 in./month
Winter: 4.48 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops

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