California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

3,326 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

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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

3,326 reviews
  • Excellent
    637
  • Very Good
    1285
  • Average
    1084
  • Poor
    213
  • Terrible
    71
I went to cal poly over the summer for and engineering program called EPIC and for me it was a really great experience because that's the university that I want to attend when I gradute high school. The campus was lovely because you could see the mountins and its in a fresh every. I loved going to cal poly and hopefully I can go again.
  • Sophomore
  • 18 hours ago
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
  • 17 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
  • 18 days ago