California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
3.77 Average Rating

One of two polytechnics in the California State University System, Cal Poly focuses on arts, technology, and sciences. The university is located in San Luis Obispo, which has been named one of the happiest cities in America by CNN. U.S. News & World Report ranks Cal Poly as #1 in Top Public Schools and called their admissions process “more selective.” The school motto is “Learn by Doing,” and many classes include a significant proportion 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
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
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 any concerns and do their best to help in any way. Cal Poly is also situated in San Luis Obispo, and environmentally dynamic city with much to discover.
Alyssa from Huntington Park, CA

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