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
Students will always find something to do that fits with their interest or general lifestyle. Cal Poly comes with all of the services and facilities most students would expect from a university. This includes, but is not limited to: housing, a library, student union, various study areas, dining facilities, a recreation/fitness center (with 2 pools), various sporting and entertainment venues, and plenty of greenery and landscaping (and squirrels!) While many of Cal Poly's facilities are not the most modern, they serve their purposes and are more than made-up for by the services and activities that take place in them.

Cal Poly has hundreds of clubs, catering to everything from cultural and faith-based interests to academic honor societies to line dancing and (of course) even a club for bronies! Many of our clubs (e.g. Engineers Without Borders, Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers) are also nationally recognized for their service, membership, and activities. And of course we have student government (ASI) and other student run organizations; one of particular note is Poly Escapes which organizes "nature trips" (for lack of a better term) such as hiking and camp, among others. Plus, there are also many varsity and intramural sports teams, musical and performing arts groups, and professional entertainment acts that provide students with many options (other than partying off-campus) for recreation and entertainment purposes.
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 26 2013
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
At first, Cal Poly was just a school I decided to apply to. After getting accepted to all the schools I wanted to like UCSB, UC Davis, Santa Clara, USD, and more, I didn't really think about Poly's acceptance too much. When I visited it was a cloudy day and honestly, I wasn't very impressed with the school. However, I chose Cal Poly because of the price, all the good things I heard about the school, and because my parents just really loved it.

Fast forward to now.

I'm a freshman and I couldn't be happier! I love cal poly with all my heart, the atmosphere is great! I know I've already made lifelong friends, my classes are intellectual and interesting, my professors are fantastic in all aspects, the campus is absolutely gorgeous (especially after a few rainy days), and SLO is such a welcoming town for college students. I am so proud to be a mustang and I'm so glad that even though I wasn't too thrilled about the school at first, I still have it a chance because everyone told me how good of a school it was. Best decision of my life!
  • College Freshman
  • 10 months ago