California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

3,371 reviews
  1. San Luis Obispo, CA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    D
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
SAT Range
1130-1320
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$16,783/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,611/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,644/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,508/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,388/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,528/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.215 responses
22%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.216 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.215 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,578Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 135 responses
Report
  • Academically and socially balanced
    56%
  • Active
    28%
  • Busy
    11%
  • Similar
    3%
  • Focused and determined
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.271 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.334 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 142 responses
Report
  • Learn by doing
    94%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    4%
  • The Mustang Way
    1%
  • Communication skills are most important
    1%

After California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.147 responses

Reviews

3,371 reviews
  • Excellent
    651
  • Very Good
    1319
  • Average
    1115
  • Poor
    215
  • Terrible
    71
Cal Poly is a tremendous school with a variety of academic opportunities and social activity. The College of Business provides students with a myriad of career resources that prepare students for a profession. The education we receive is nationally recognized. The school also strongly encourages students to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and professors are encouraged to support students as best they can. Overall, I have had a phenomenal experience at this university, and am ecstatic to go back for my senior year this fall!
  • College Senior
  • 3 months ago
Kennedy Library – The library at Cal Poly SLO is amazing. There are so many different things available to students that you cannot even begin to learn about them all in one day. There are different levels where the quiet study facilities are separated from the facilities where students can reserve rooms and talk in groups to work on projects or study together. Computers, different equipment (such as video cameras, computer plug-ins, etc.), food vendors, of course books (for information and leisure), and plenty of other useful supplies are available there. The staff is also very wonderful and super helpful with anything and everything. Definitely surpasses all expectations every time I visit!
  • College Junior
  • Aug 29 2012
Hard to Party...Ticket Free – There are laws in SLO that should not be applicable to any college town. Unruly gatherings of 20+ people, fines doubled during holiday weekends, noise violation standards, bike cops car cops foot cops. WOW is not how it used to be because of the cops cracking down on any type of social gathering. Of course, law enforcement should help and help prevent the horrible cases of alcohol poisoning concentrated during WOW and the first weekends of school, but are taking unnecessary measures that are infringing on the school's social nightlife...and college experience.
That being said, students do find one way or another to beat the system and throw successful parties, but do so with caution..or just go to bars!
  • College Senior
  • Aug 14 2012