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San Luis Obispo, California

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Chances of getting into California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
30.2%
Admission Difficulty for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Cal Poly and can I get accepted? The school has a 30% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,491 out of 54,663 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 extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 18 percent. California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Cal Poly SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1240-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1240
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
Average SAT Score 1340

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 19 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1240 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 1140. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1340 out of 1600. The school ranks #14 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

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 >42%
1335 to 1430 Avg + 30%-42%
1240 to 1335 Avg - 20%-30%
1145 to 1240 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 1145 Low <13%
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Cal Poly ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
57%
ACT Scores for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
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 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >42%
29 to 32 Avg + 30%-42%
26 to 29 Avg - 20%-30%
23 to 26 Reach 13%-20%
Less than 23 Low <13%
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Cal Poly GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Cal Poly. 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. The school ranks #12 in California for highest average GPA. 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

83% of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 49%
Top 25% of class 83%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 26,238 28,425 54,663
Accepted 9,192 7,299 16,491
Acceptance Rate 35% 26% 30%
Enrolled 2,250 2,148 4,398
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 29% 27%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
44

Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to Cal Poly. 57% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo?

30% of those who apply are granted admission to Cal Poly. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1240 and 1430. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 32. 57% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.