California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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University Overview

Established in 1901, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is a non-profit public state higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of San Luis Obispo (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), California. Officially accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 119 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. Cal Poly also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Name
Acronym Cal Poly
Founded 1901
Motto Discere Faciendo
Learn by Doing
Colours Green and gold

University Location

Address 1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo
93407-1111 California
United States
Tel +1 (805) 756 1111
Fax +1 (805) 756 5400

Study Areas and Degree Levels


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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local
students
7,500-10,000 US$
(5,500-7,400 Euro)
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)
International
students
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is neither required nor recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are neither required nor recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is neither required nor recommended
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 30-40%
Admission Office 1 Grand Ave
San Luis Obispo 93401
805 756 2910

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 20,000-24,999
Academic Staff 1,000-1,499
Control Type Public State
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Quarters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
2000 Classification Masters Colleges and Universities I
Size & Setting Four-year, large, primarily residential institution
Enrollment Profile Very high undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Special Focus: Two-Year Institution

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo's Library
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 267,353 physical volumes, 101,755 physical media, 144,826 digital/electronic medium and 228 licensed digital/electronic databases.
Housing Yes
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 8,171 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditation

WASC Senior College and University Commission


Year of first Accreditation

1951


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), Council on Accreditation
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB)


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Memberships and Affiliations

  • California State University System
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure


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