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California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

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Overview

Student Population
22,013
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo overview
Location San Luis Obispo, California
Online calpoly.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in San Luis Obispo, California, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo is a large four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 54,663 prospective students applied, and 16,491 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,398 enrolled in the school.  20,996 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,017 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $4,074. Cal Poly is ranked 135 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

8/10
Overall
10/10
Academics
5/10
Resources
9/10
Outcomes

Cal Poly is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Elite
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo overview
SAT 1240/1430
ACT 26/32
GPA 3.87
Applications Accepted
30.2% 
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2020
Applicant Competition High

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition
$5,742
In State Costs for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,941
Other Fees$4,074
Room and Board $13,770
Budget for Other Expenses$2,775
Total One Year Cost$28,302
Out of State Resident Tuition
$17,622
Out of State Costs for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,941
Other Fees$4,074
Room and Board $13,770
Budget for Other Expenses$2,775
Total One Year Cost$40,182

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$69,400 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
75% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 24%
Business 15%
Agriculture 15%
Architecture 8%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5%

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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.

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