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California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

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A public institution founded in 1901, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo resides on 6,000 suburban acres in San Luis Obispo, California. The school, often simply called Cal Poly, offers nearly 70 majors. There are also more than 300 student organizations, and the Cal Poly Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division I Big West and Great West conferences.

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Quick Facts

1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

2013-2014 Tuition

$20,157 Tuition and Fees


17680 undergraduate students
55% male / 45% female


November 30 application deadline
31.3% accepted

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School Details

Institutional Control: public
Year Founded: 1901

Programs Offered

bachelor's degree, master's degree

Majors Offered

Agricultural Business and Management, General, Agricultural Mechanization, General, Ornamental Horticulture, Animal Sciences, General, Dairy Science, Food Science, Agronomy and Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Soil Science and Agronomy, General, Graphic Communications, General, Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst, Computer Science, Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching, Agricultural Teacher Education, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, General, Civil Engineering, Other, Computer Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Foreign Languages and Literatures, General, English Language and Literature, General, Rhetoric and Composition, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology, Mathematics, General, Statistics, General, Forestry, General, Natural Resources and Conservation, Other, Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General, Philosophy, Architecture, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Chemistry, General, Geology/Earth Science, General, Physics, General, Psychology, General, Social Sciences, General, Economics, General, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Social Sciences, Other, Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Fine/Studio Arts, General, Music, General, Dietetics/Dietitian, Business Administration and Management, General, Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other, History, General, Journalism

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 17,680
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 16,953
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 646
Percent of male undergraduates: 55%
Percent of female undergraduates: 45%
Percent of international undergraduates: 1%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Remedial learning services offered: reading, math, writing, study skills
Counseling services offered: academic, birth control, career, personal, psychological
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Lighted pathways/sidewalks; Student patrols; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)


Student activities offered: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, television station


Intercollegiate non-scholarship sports offered for women: track and field (indoor)

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