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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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||32%||36%||34%|
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.
Admission data indicates that Cal Poly regularly accepts students with ACTs of 26 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimim 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 appliants - 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.
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|
|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%|
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2016.
What are the requirements for admission to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|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.