California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

3,382 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

3,382 reviews
  • Excellent
    660
  • Very Good
    1320
  • Average
    1115
  • Poor
    215
  • Terrible
    72
I love attending Cal Poly! After just one quarter, I really have nothing bad to say about my experience here. I would have to say the best part has been the environment and the incredible people I am surrounded by. Everyone from the staff to the professors to the students is helpful and friendly and I feel so welcome here. They did a great job at helping the freshman to have a smooth transition to college life and to make friends. The food is not what comes from a gourmet five star restaurant, but this is college, and there are so many options for everyone. Even more options will be available soon with the new housing and dining areas being built. The surroundings are beautiful and the campus is very active as well! Students are very driven to succeed and I always feel safe on campus. I am so glad that I get to call myself a mustang!
  • Freshman
  • 20 days ago
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
  • 4 months ago
Cal Poly has been the best experience of my life so far. I came in as a freshman in 2013 and it was the best decision I have made. My freshman door mate is now my best friend and I have made such amazing friends here. The downtown scene is definitely fun as well. San Luis Obispo is the definition of a college town, every where you go there are college kids, which is what makes it fun! I played for the basketball team there and the athletic environment is awesome also. There are different scenes that you could be apart of but I bet they all are fun, every one is free to be who they want and it's awesome!
  • Senior
  • 23 days ago