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Cal Poly Admission Chances


Acceptance Rate

31.3%
Admission Difficulty for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Cal Poly? The school has a 31% acceptance rate. Last year, 14,651 out of 46,820 applicants were admitted making Cal Poly a highly 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1200-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
77%
SAT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1400
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo?

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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (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%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
69%
ACT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Cal Poly?

Admission data indicates that Cal Poly regularly accepts students with ACT's 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness 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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.87
Typical High School Grades
A-

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's for admitted California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo students
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

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Admission Statistics

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission statistics
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%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2017
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were 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?

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Admission Requirements
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

High School Credits Accepted at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
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.