California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

About California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo is classified as a college or university with a large master’s program. Colleges and universities with a large master’s program typically award over 200 master’s degrees and less than 20 research doctorate’s during the academic year. This very large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 10,000 students or more. More than half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and 25-49% of undergrads reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% of its bachelor’s degrees within professional fields. Graduate degrees are available in up to half of the fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school awards master’s degrees in at least one professional field. Master’s degrees are also awarded in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. According to data for fall enrollment, at least 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. Transfer students make up fewer than 20% of entering undergraduates. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution. Over 90% of the student body are enrolled as undergraduates.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate18,302
Student Age% Under 2593%
 % 25 and Over7%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time95%
 % Part-time5%
Race/Ethnicity% White64.2%
 % Black0.9%
 % Asian10.6%
 % Latino11.7%
 % Native American0.6%
 % Race Unknown10.9%
 % International student1%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Distance Learning Available
Calendar SystemQuarter

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted37%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled33%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingNeither required nor recommended
 College Prep CoursesRequired
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRecommended
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Neither required nor recommended
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT60%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800630 / 800
 SAT Math570 / 800670 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite24 / 3629 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$55
 Graduate Application Fee$55
 In-State Tuition & Fees$6,480
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$17,640
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid44%
 % Undergraduates with Loans25%
 % Undergraduates with Grants32%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$1,674
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,071
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,071
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,339
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,339
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,339

Neighborhood Data for the San Luis Obispo Area

Median Age24.5
Median Household Income$42,528
Total Population45,130
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total52.6% 47.4%
 Age 0-951.3%48.7%
 Age 10-1748.9%51.1%
 Age 18-2457.0%43.0%
 Age 25-2956.8%43.2%
 Age 30-3952.4%47.6%
Race/Ethnicity% White83.2%
 % Black1.6%
 % Asian6.4%
 % Latino16.6%
 % Native American0.4%
 % Pacific Islander0.2%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.5%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals per week can vary
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,071
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,071
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$1,125
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50017.1%4.4%1.5%
 $500 to $74918.0%8.3%0.0%
 $750 to $99939.3%48.0%7.0%
 Over $100025.6%39.4%84.0%
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