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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Stats, Info and Facts

Quick Facts

21,343 Students

28% Admitted

  • 22,370 full time
  • 854 part time
  • 11,102 men full time
  • 10,249 women full time
  • 54,142 applied
  • 17,005 admitted
  • 5,271 enrolled

21,351 Undergraduates

$9,942 Tuition/Year

  • 1,028 Graduates
  • 56 Non-Degree
  • $9,942 in state
  • N/A fees
  • $14,208 room & board
  • $1,941 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Institution Type: Public
Campus Setting: Far West Small suburb
Highest Degree Offered: Master's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Quarter
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Zoe from Santa Barbara, CA
  • 0
  • Cal Poly is fantastic for education, social life, and extracurricular activities. My classes have always been great with good teachers and interesting coursework. It's also so much fun, from the…

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  • Danny from Middletown, NJ
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  • Our school has an outdoorsy campus life, a sweet rec center, and many hidden gems within the school. There is a lot for you to do here, especially if you…

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  • Alyssa from Huntington Park, CA
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  • Cal Poly is an academically challenging school who does well in providing its students with the necessary resources to move forward in their major. The staff is truly supportive of…

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Mission Statement

Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a Learn by Doing environment in which students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Maira from Colfax, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Cal Poly is absolutely the perfect college for me. It has a beautiful location, a wide variety of classes, and though it is a large school, it doesn't feel that way. The sense of community in the dorms is ideal for the difficult transition into college life, and so far I have noticed that the general atmosphere in the dorms, Cal Poly, and the entire city of San Luis Obispo is friendly and welcoming. Whenever someone at home asks me if I'm enjoying college, I always smile broadly and say It's so amazing.

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  • 5
  • Laurene from Sacramento, CA
  • I am a current student here

    This is a fun campus if you rather learn by doing, this is the campus for you. It is located in a small college town where the amount of possibilities of things for you to accomplish are crazy. This is a great campus to maintain a social life, while still getting a great education.

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  • 5
  • Sylvia from Elk Grove, CA
  • I am a current student here

    I couldn't be happier with my choice of college. The students, faculty, and even those outside of the college are kind. The scenery is amazing, and expands from the mountains to the forest to the sands of the beaches. The air is clean, and the environment is perfect for any student trying to adjust to their first year of college or simply finishing school. The icing on the cake is the downtown area, which has a farmer's market every Thursday and is bustling with friendly faces and great buys. San Luis Obispo is amazing!

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  • 5
  • Nicole from Sammamish, WA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Great campus, housing, and weather year around. The beach is ten minutes away, and the town is awesome.

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  • 2
  • Victoria from Alhambra, CA
  • I am a current student here

    A lot of people rave about being at Cal Poly because of the prestige, but being from an entertainment area (Los Angeles), i feel that Cal Poly is too old. There isn't much to do unless you like biking, and things costs a bit more than what I am used to. I am also hungry for good food, there is no good mexican and korean here food. Some japanese food, and nasty chinese food.

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