California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

3,313 reviews
  1. San Luis Obispo, CA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  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

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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
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.140 responses
24%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.139 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.138 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 68 responses
Report
  • Academically and socially balanced
    54%
  • Active
    32%
  • Busy
    10%
  • Similar
    3%

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.203 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.261 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 62 responses
Report
  • Learn by doing
    94%
  • Everybody, please do not think differently
    5%
  • Communication skills are most important
    2%

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%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.66 responses

Reviews

3,313 reviews
  • Excellent
    636
  • Very Good
    1285
  • Average
    1084
  • Poor
    213
  • Terrible
    71
I am a third year transfer student who will be starting this coming fall quarter. So far, the staff have been very supportive and attentive. I think I will be enjoying the rest of my undergraduate journey here.
  • Junior
  • 16 days ago
Overall, quality education and great place to live despite the expense cost of living. The party scene is on a continuous downhill path with the banishing of several fraternities and probation on others. It has a prestigious name, but in my experience professors haven't been terribly enthusiastic about being there and its hard to feel recognized as an individual student. They want you out in 4 years and you're likely just a statistic for the school.
  • Senior
  • 16 days ago
I've really enjoyed my first year at Cal Poly. My favorite part about it is the fact that everyone is so helpful and kind. I've met so many upperclassmen that are excited to take people on as mentees and give career advice and personal advice.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago