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Cal Poly Campus Life

Campus Size

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

Gender Breakdown:

45% Women
55% Men


NCAA Division I-AA


  • Football

Big West Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

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
Football 90 - - Yes
Golf 14 10 - -
Soccer 32 33 - Yes
Softball - 19 - -
Swimming and Diving 28 30 - -
Tennis 12 10 - -
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.…

  • Mar-16-2012 Read More
  • Alyssa from Huntington Park, CA
  • 4
  • There are two options for freshmen in terms of dorming: traditional dorm rooms and the Cerro Vista Apartments. The apartments are much newer and you get your own room, a…

  • Apr-07-2012 Read More
  • Sheila from Earlimart, CA
  • 4
  • Cal poly supports students with on campus living for the first few years. Living in a dorm is really cool because you create new friends and make many lasting memories…

  • Jun-03-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Almarine from Kailua Kona, HI
  • Aug-05-2014 I am a current student here

    While there are a number of good eateries on campus a lot of them factor into the plus dollars portion of the first year meal plan. The places where you can use your meal credits are somewhat less satisfactory and varied, there are only five.

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  • 2
  • Aleksandr from Carmichael, CA
  • May-03-2014 I am a current student here

    By far the worst part of Cal Poly. The food is improving year by year but the meal plan is a rip off so avoid it if you can. There are a few legitimate places to eat on campus (Subway, Chicfila, Einstein's) but the Cal Poly run eateries are pretty bad.

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  • 4
  • Thomas from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Mar-10-2014 I am a current student here

    I am personally fine with the food here, but I know many who are not. Poly was rated lower than most colleges for its dining, but there are always things, such as, Subway to go to. Choose the freedom plan. You will be able to use the most plus dollars, and this allows you to eat at various places around campus.

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  • 3
  • Shota from Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Very few choices on campus, and Campus dining is terrible. They serve the most unhealthy fast food menus with the worst taste. Think of it as the taste of school cafeteria food at the healthiness of McDonalds. Off-campus dining is, divine. There are many eating venues you may not have heard of before, but are good quality food. There are also many bars to attend once you are over 21 (don't do it if you are underage: The community is so peaceful the police has nothing to do but arrest drunk people.)

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  • 3
  • Kyle from Hollister, CA
  • Feb-09-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is not the best to be entirely honest. That being said, improvements are being made each and every year. Recently, a Subway opened and there is a Chipotle in the works.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Thomas from San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Mar-10-2014 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
  • Mar-04-2014 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. They throw weekly parties, and I have heard mixed responses about each one.

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  • 0
  • Kyle from Hollister, CA
  • Feb-09-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is definitely part of Cal Poly, but not to the point where one must but in a greek organization to be social. I believe about 10% of students are Greek at Cal Poly.

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  • 0
  • Jessica
  • Jan-15-2014 I am a current student here

    From what I understand Greek life is great and I know a lot of people who are Rushing. They are fun and like parties but they create a family and really strive to keep everyone safe.

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