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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
3.77 Average Rating

One of two polytechnics in the CSU System, the California Polytechnic State University, more commonly known as Cal Poly, has a competitive admissions process for its programs, which focus in arts, technology, and sciences. The university is located in San Luis Obispo, 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and smackdab between LA and San Francisco. The 9,678-acre land holding includes three ranches, the Valencia Property, and, of course, the 1,321-acre campus offering 65 bachelor’s, 84 minors, and 39 master’s degrees. Cal Poly’s philosophy is “Learn By Doing,” and many classes include a significant portion of laboratory and field work in their curriculums.


Average Net Price
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Suburb
In State Students
Out of State Students
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 28
Average SAT Composite: 1259

What Students Are Saying

3.77 Average Rating
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 party scene to opportunities to get involved on campus!
Zoe from Santa Barbara, CA
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 to USAtoday.
Henry from San Luis Obispo, CA

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