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 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, CA

One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California 93407

General information:(805)756-1111
Awards offered:Master's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Suburb: Small
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:18,762(17,725 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:22 to 1
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Financial Aid
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $6,498 $6,480 $7,911 -18%
Out-of-state $17,658 $17,640 $19,071 -8%
Books and supplies $1,638 $1,674 $1,698 -1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $9,846 $10,071 $10,476 -4%
Other $3,267 $3,339 $3,393 -2%
Off Campus
Room and board $9,846 $10,071 $10,476 -4%
Other $3,267 $3,339 $3,393 -2%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,267 $3,339 $3,393 -2%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $21,249 $21,564 $23,478 -9%
Off Campus $21,249 $21,564 $23,478 -9%
Off Campus with Family $11,403 $11,493 $13,002 -15%
On Campus $32,409 $32,724 $34,638 -6%
Off Campus $32,409 $32,724 $34,638 -6%
Off Campus with Family $22,563 $22,653 $24,162 -8%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $5,472
In-state fees $2,439
Out-of-state tuition $16,632
Out-of-state fees $2,439
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $6,738
In-state fee $2,439
Out-of-state tuition $15,666
Out-of-state fees $2,439
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,662 48% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,263 37% $7,828,284 $6,198
Federal grants 500 14% $2,537,510 $5,075
Pell grants 473 14% $1,886,015 $3,987
Other federal grants 499 14% $651,495 $1,306
State/local government grant or scholarships 779 23% $2,382,466 $3,058
Institutional grants or scholarships 823 24% $2,908,308 $3,534
Student loan aid 1,032 30% $5,568,146 $5,395
Federal student loans 1,024 30% $5,275,153 $5,152
Other student loans 22 1% $292,993 $13,318
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 5,935 34% $43,442,923 $7,320
Pell grants 3,372 19% $13,694,659 $4,061
Federal student loans 5,952 34% $36,590,850 $6,148


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $13,431 $14,393 $15,253
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $7,756 $8,832 $6,624
$30,001 - $48,000 $9,918 $11,508 $10,341
$48,001 - $75,000 $14,138 $15,441 $13,968
$75,001 - $110,000 $16,458 $18,685 $18,940
$110,001 and more $17,033 $19,427 $20,223

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 18,762
Undergraduate enrollment 17,725
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 796
Graduate enrollment 1,037

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$55

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$55

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 33,627 17,838 15,789
Percent admitted 33% 30% 35%
Percent admitted who enrolled 30% 10% 10%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 3157 91%
ACT 2162 62%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 540 640
SAT Math 580 680
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 25 29
ACT English 24 30
ACT Math 25 31
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 83 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division I-AAMenWomen
All Track Combined 61120
Baseball 35-
Basketball 1318
Football 95-
Golf 119
Soccer 3140
Softball -18
Swimming and Diving 2123
Tennis 118
Volleyball -19
Wrestling 29-


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities04/30/1951 Accredited


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

04/01/1974 Pre-Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1995 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

11/01/2003 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

04/24/2012 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession020
Drug law violations3317 25
Liquor law violations1545
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 020
Drug law violations 201121
Liquor law violations 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 011
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 010
Aggravated assault 010
Burglary 6297
Motor vehicle theft 139
Arson 511
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 011
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 2213
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 401
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate2.8%
Number in default66
Number in repayment2,300

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00114300

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMMaster's degree Bachelor's degree
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences Colleges
Agricultural Business and Management, General-3
Agricultural Mechanization, General-6
Agriculture, General36-
Agronomy and Crop Science-14
Animal Sciences, General-144
Dairy Science-23
Food Science-20
Horticultural Science-1
Ornamental Horticulture-28
Soil Science and Agronomy, General-1
Viticulture and Enology-76
Category total36489
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning457
Landscape Architecture-51
Category total24259
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other-7
Category total-7
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General111
Microbiology, General-2
Category total11138
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General6498
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-3
Category total64501
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Graphic Communications, General-63
Category total-63
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Category total-36
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science1659
Category total1659
Education Colleges
Agricultural Teacher Education224
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-25
Education, General29-
Category total3149
Engineering Colleges
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering1656
Agricultural Engineering-8
Architectural Engineering-1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1735
Civil Engineering, General1126
Computer Engineering, General-45
Computer Software Engineering-13
Construction Engineering-1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering1773
Engineering Science-29
Engineering, General2-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering-18
Industrial Engineering759
Manufacturing Engineering-8
Materials Engineering-18
Mechanical Engineering32176
Category total161793
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Industrial Technology/Technician-44
Category total-44
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General63
Rhetoric and Composition-32
Category total677
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General-7
Category total-7
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Category total-86
History Colleges
History, General82
Category total844
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-92
Category total-106
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General441
Statistics, General-3
Category total458
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Forestry, General315
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other-24
Category total339
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General498
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies-61
Category total4159
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Category total-7
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General-2
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other-7
Physics, General-1
Polymer Chemistry1-
Category total140
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General1954
Category total1954
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration1-
Category total5-
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General-56
Political Science and Government, General-1
Social Sciences, General-30
Social Sciences, Other-6
Category total-145
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-1
Fine/Studio Arts, General-31
Music, General-2
Category total-50
Grand total1431