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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 588 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 4 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

48% Women
52% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Big West Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track


  • Football

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $112,040)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,436)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 64 121 Yes -
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 17 16 - Yes
Beach Volleyball - 21 - -
Football 90 - - Yes
Golf 14 10 - -
Soccer 32 33 - Yes
Softball - 19 - -
Swimming and Diving 28 30 - -
Tennis 12 10 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 21 21 - -
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 0.9%
Hispanic 11.7%
Non-resident alien 1.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 10.8%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 64.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 17
Liquor Law Violation 4
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 35
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Zoe from Santa Barbara, CA
  • 4
  • The Red Brick dorms are generally less crazy than Yosemite or Sierra Madre, but have more of a diverse collection of students who study, party, exercise, and go to events.…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Karisma
  • I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good. There are different spots around campus to eat which makes it nice so you don't have to walk too far to pick something up. There are some chains like Chick-fil-a and Subway (which is 24 hours!), and of course Jamba Juice which started here at CP. There's also a good buffet area which I like to study at so I can eat and do something productive at the same time. It's easy to eat something healthy here on campus, and it's easy to treat yourself to something like a nice burger.

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  • 5
  • Lauren from La Mirada, CA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    As part of room and board, you get Cal Poly bucks to spend at any restaurant on campus, including the chains like Subway, Chick Fil A and at the food trucks which come on campus. Lots of options! A little low on healthy options.

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  • 3
  • Mochi from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The food is not great here. There honestly isn't that much of a selection, but there is still definitely good food! On campus, not so much, but downtown, there is a good selection. On campus, we have 2 Starbucks locations, which is convenient, despite the long lines. We also have Einsteins bagels and Jamba Juice. Mustang Station (pizza) and Sandwich Factory are also pretty good. Downtown, I would recommend Firestone Grill and Woodstocks Pizza. There are also chains such as Chipotle and the Habit.

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  • 4
  • emily from orange, ca
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    there are so many restaurants and places for dining all over campus and they are reasonably priced and delicious!

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  • 5
  • emma from chula vista, ca
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    there are many different options on campus, including the original jamba juice, which was a senior project created at slo.

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  • 5
  • Kaitlyn from Newbury Park, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I don't attend this school but I took a guided tour of the campus and they showed us all of their food options. They have a cafeteria with breakfast buffet, starbucks, Chipotle, and many other great food options.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The food here is not the best. There is only one dining hall on campus and it's food is pretty much hit or miss every day. There is no online menu for the food they're serving that day so if you want to know what they're serving you have to go check for yourself or ask someone.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Karisma
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is great out here! I wasn't planning on joining a sorority until maybe my second year, but I joined winter of my first year and it was the best decision. All the girls in my chapter are so welcoming and look out for one another like we've known each other for years. It's exciting, and being involved in Greek life is going to make the rest of my college experience more amazing.

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  • 0
  • Davis from Simi Valley, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is alright here. They're active and fun. For guys, the only way to get into big parties is to be in a frat. Sororities are cool and full of fun girls. Take this to heart: frats and sororities are not stereotypes. Yeah, there's some stereotypical guys and girls, but chances are that you'll find some organization that actually fits really well with you and where you make good, real friends. It really is what you make of it.

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  • 0
  • Anna from Cupertino, CA
  • I am a current student here

    16% of Cal Poly students are affiliated in Greek Life. There are two rush sessions for both fraternities and sororities.

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  • 0
  • Thomas from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is not huge, but is still a great aspect to Cal Poly. Greek Life is advised for guys to try to get into more parties and meet more people. There is a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood when it comes to Greek Life. Highly recommend Greek Life second quarter to try to find yourself first at college.

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  • 0
  • Shota from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge in Cal Poly, with many frats and sororities students can join. We even have Intramural sports leagues dedicated to Frats and Sories. I have friends in Greek life, and I have mostly heard positive reviews from them. It is a great platform to meet new friends and be involved socially. There is a handful of them that are not exactly friendly, and cause problems during frequent parties they throw. They ended up ruining the experience for everyone in Greek life, sadly, with a social probation of undefined duration.

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  • 0
  • Audrey from Carpinteria, CA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities, so it won't be hard to find one that you love! There are some great people in these organizations, and they are very friendly and supportive.

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