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Cal Poly Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

34.6%
Admission Difficulty for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Cal Poly? The school has a 35% acceptance rate. Last year, 16,817 out of 48,588 applicants were admitted making Cal Poly a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent. California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 31% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1270-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
70%
SAT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1430
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?

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo typically requires applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 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
1430 and Above Good >48%
1350 to 1430 Avg + 35%-48%
1270 to 1350 Avg - 24%-35%
1190 to 1270 Reach 16%-24%
Less than 1190 Low <16%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
68%
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 33
ACT Math 75th 32
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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. 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 68 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 >50%
28 to 31 Avg + 35%-50%
26 to 28 Avg - 26%-35%
24 to 26 Reach 19%-26%
Less than 24 Low <19%

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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,092 25,496 48,588
Accepted 9,173 7,644 16,817
Acceptance Rate 40% 30% 35%
Enrolled 2,712 2,541 5,253
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 33% 31%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 30, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2018.

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.