Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

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California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) is selective. The school admits around one-third of those who apply and successful applicants typically have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. Applicants are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. Students are also required to submit transcripts of their high school courses and a resume with work/volunteer/extracurricular background.

Interested students should visit the school's website for complete information and details.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 560 / 660
  • SAT Math: 590 / 700
  • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
  • ACT English: 25 / 33
  • ACT Math: 26 / 32

Cal Poly Description

Cal Poly, or the California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo, is consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate engineering schools in the country. Its schools of architecture and agriculture are also ranked highly. Cal Poly has a "learn by doing" philosophy of education, and students do just that on the sprawling campus of just under 10,000 acres that includes a ranch and vineyard. Most of Cal Poly's Division I NCAA athletic teams compete in the Big West Conference.

Cal Poly is the most selective of the Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 21,306 (20,426 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53% Male / 47% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,075 (in-state); $20,235 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,848 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,507
  • Other Expenses: $2,646
  • Total Cost: $26,076 (in-state); $37,236 (out-of-state)

Cal Poly Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 46%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 40%
    • Loans: 25%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,713
    • Loans: $5,633

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 47%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 80%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Beach Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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