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 Cuesta College

Cuesta College - San Luis Obispo, CA

Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, California 93403-8106

General information:(805)546-3100*3946
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Associate's degree
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years
Campus setting:Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:No
Student population:10,759( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:24 to 1
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
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
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Large
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 $860 $860 $742 16%
Out-of-state $4,480 $4,480 $5,500 -19%
Books and supplies $1,500 $1,500 $1,620 -7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,300 $8,500 $10,071 -18%
Other $3,700 $3,700 $3,897 -5%
Off Campus with Family
Other $6,750 $6,750 $3,897 73%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,360 $2,360 $2,362 0%
Off Campus $14,360 $14,560 $16,330 -13%
Off Campus with Family $9,110 $9,110 $6,259 50%
On Campus $5,980 $5,980 $7,120 -29%
Off Campus $17,980 $18,180 $21,088 -14%
Off Campus with Family $12,730 $12,730 $11,017 9%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $676
In-state fees $66
Out-of-state tuition $4,758
Out-of-state fees $66
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
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 563 47% --
Grant or scholarship aid 525 44% $1,486,960 $2,832
Federal grants 257 21% $1,062,021 $4,132
Pell grants 257 21% $1,018,375 $3,963
Other federal grants 70 6% $43,646 $624
State/local government grant or scholarships 493 41% $410,369 $832
Institutional grants or scholarships 34 3% $14,570 $429
Student loan aid 82 7% $401,364 $4,895
Federal student loans 82 7% $401,364 $4,895
Other student loans Implied zero 0% Implied zero Not applicable
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 4,461 39% $9,153,827 $2,052
Pell grants 1,724 15% $6,149,703 $3,567
Federal student loans 532 5% $3,109,397 $5,845


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 $10,341 $10,038 $10,114
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 $8,832 $8,515 $8,501
$30,001 - $48,000 $12,796 $13,206 $13,137
$48,001 - $75,000 Not applicable $13,206 $13,137
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable $13,137
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• 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 10,759
Undergraduate enrollment 10,759
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 887
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

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, 34 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


Baseball 27-
Basketball 1514
Soccer -23
Softball -14
Swimming 2016
Track and Field, Outdoor 2727
Track and Field, X-Country 1214
Volleyball -12
Water Polo 1716
Wrestling 17-


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges01/01/1968 Accredited


No Records Found


Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations24 3
Liquor law violations010
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
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Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 125
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) 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 Rate11.6%
Number in default36
Number in repayment308

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00119200

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


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

PROGRAMAward of less than 1 academic year Associate's degree Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years
Architecture and Related Services Colleges
Architectural Technology/Technician1---
Category total1---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-1--
Category total-1--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping1---
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General326-
Business Administration and Management, General636--
Hospitality Administration/Management, General42--
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General-1--
Category total14416-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Radio and Television-7--
Category total-7--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science-6--
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications3---
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-41-
Category total3101-
Construction Trades Colleges
Building Construction Technology-3--
Category total-62-
Engineering Colleges
Category total-7--
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General-8--
Category total-8--
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Care Provider/Assistant-121-
Human Development and Family Studies, General-4--
Category total-161-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training--27-
Medical/Clinical Assistant-1--
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician-7-21
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-39-39
Category total-472760
History Colleges
History, General-4--
Category total-4--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Police Science-13--
Category total-13--
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-36-
Legal Studies, General-15--
Category total-186-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-68--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-280266-
Category total-348266-
Library Science Colleges
Library and Archives Assisting115--
Category total115--
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General-8--
Category total-8--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician-1--
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician233--
Category total234--
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Biological and Physical Sciences-86--
Category total-86--
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General-21-
Category total-21-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General-3--
Physics, General-4--
Category total-7--
Precision Production Colleges
Welding Technology/Welder-33-
Category total-33-
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General-6--
Category total-6--
Social Sciences Colleges
International Relations and Affairs-1--
Political Science and Government, General-1--
Category total-3--
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-1--
Interior Design-13-
Music, General-8--
Category total-163-
Grand total5266631660