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Cal Poly Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Cal Poly? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 14,651 out of 46,820 applicants or 31% were admitted making Cal Poly a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo typically accepts and attracts A- average high school students. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 21,988 24,832 46,820
Accepted 7,847 6,804 14,651
Acceptance Rate 36% 27% 31%
Enrolled 2,476 2,467 4,943
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 36% 34%

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Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Cal Poly regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 69 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1200 1400
SAT Reading 600 680
SAT Math 600 720
ACT Composite 26 31
ACT English 25 31
ACT Math 26 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >46%
28 to 31 Avg + 31%-46%
26 to 28 Avg - 23%-31%
24 to 26 Reach 16%-23%
Less than 24 Low <16%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >43%
1300 to 1400 Avg + 31%-43%
1200 to 1300 Avg - 21%-31%
1100 to 1200 Reach 13%-21%
Less than 1100 Low <13%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo was 3.87 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Cal Poly will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 65% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 10% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 4% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

You have 65 days left until the Fall 2018 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110422 IPEDS survey data for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.