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Cal Poly Stats, Info and Facts

Quick Facts

18,762 students

37% admitted

  • 17,066 full time
  • 659 part time
  • 9,821 men full time
  • 7,847 women full time
  • 39,835 applied
  • 13,858 admitted
  • 5,124 enrolled

17,276 Undergraduates

$5,472 tuition/year

  • 1,028 Graduates
  • 56 Non-Degree
  • $5,472 in state
  • $2,571 fees
  • $10,679 room & board
  • $1,754 books
  • (Based on stats from 2012/2013)

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…

  • Mar-16-2012 Read More
  • Henry from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 0
  • It is the best college in the United States. It has an amazing engineering program for the relatively low cost. It is in the happiest place in the USA according…

  • Apr-05-2012 Read More
  • Alyssa from Huntington Park, CA
  • 0
  • 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…

  • Apr-07-2012 Read More
  • Sheila from Earlimart, CA
  • 0
  • Cal poly is a wonderful school! The students, faculty, and the city create a whole new different learning atmosphere, when compared to other colleges. The school is really close to…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More
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.

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Maira from Colfax, CA
  • Dec-26-2011 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
  • Dec-22-2011 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
  • Dec-21-2011 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
  • Nov-29-2011 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
  • Nov-07-2011 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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