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Cal Poly Campus Life

Campus Size

Large 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


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 2
  • Pacific from San Ramon, CA
  • Apr-27-2015 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food sucks. That's it. But you can also buy groceries with your meal plan! So that's cool... And if you live in apartments you're expected to cook.

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  • 3
  • Danny from Middletown, NJ
  • Mar-09-2015 I am a current student here

    Not bad, definitely not good. We have Metro as a buffet and other alternatives like VGs and Sandwich Factory as well as other places. We have two Starbucks so that's nice.

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  • 1
  • Kevin Joseph
  • Jan-15-2015 I am a current student here

    It's one of the few bad things here, campus dining is really bad. There are a few good places (such as Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Ciao (a pizzeria))

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  • 2
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-06-2015 I am a current student here

    Its okay not the best not the worst but you will get sick of it eventual!!!!

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  • 2
  • Davis from Simi Valley, CA
  • Jan-02-2015 I am a current student here

    The worst thing about the school is the food. The fact the the food is the worst part of the whole school is pretty great in the grand scheme of things. Yeah, the food is not so good, but there are options and some better on-campus restaurants.

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  • 2
  • Anna from Cupertino, CA
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining commons definitely need improvement. The food is edible; however, the dining options lack variety, which makes it difficult to have a healthy appetite throughout the school year. For example, because I ate spaghetti so often at school, I never want to spaghetti back at home. It is disappointing that our dining commons aren't delicious because the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences produces phenomenal products that are sold at the Campus Market, but not in the dining commons.

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  • 1
  • Annonymous
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    Unfortunately the cafeterias are not very good. But we do have two starbucks!

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  • 2
  • Adam from san luis obispo, CA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    The food offered for freshman is absolutely terrible. I've visited tons of other universities in which seemed like 5 star restaurants in comparison to cal poly.

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  • 3
  • Danica from Los Osos, CA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    You have to try everything to find what you like and don't like. Recently (Fall 2014) a fresh salad bar was added to campus which I eat from at least once a day. The main cafeteria can be a hit or miss (a lot of a time a miss, but cereal is acceptable as dinner in college). The frozen yogurt and Starbucks on campus definitely serve as comfort food and the 24-hour Subway is helpful for all nighters. Poly Canyon Village has a Jamba Juice, Einstein Bagel, and taco place which is great if you are up for a 10 + minute walk.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Davis from Simi Valley, CA
  • Jan-02-2015 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
  • Dec-30-2014 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
  • Adam from san luis obispo, CA
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    The greek life is moderate. It doesn't dominate the school like some universities have set up but it still is somewhat big.

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  • 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. 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
  • Feb-28-2014 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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  • 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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