Rank: 104

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CAcalpoly.edu
Median SAT/ACT
1230/28
Enrollment
19,762
Since its founding in 1903 as a vocational high school with an emphasis on learning by doing, Cal Poly has evolved into a skills-focused university with more than 60 majors, including several within its well-known engineering school. The university has a diverse student population, with more than 43% non-white students.Cal Poly covers a sprawling 9,700 acres spread over four parcels....
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costs
Est. Full Price 2017-2018
$26,800
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,700
Average price for low-income students
$10,100
Financial Aid from the College
% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
56%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$1,900
student success
Graduation rate
76%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$16,500
Average salary within 5 years
$59,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
54%
admissions
Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
key deadlines
Early decision application
31-Oct
Regular application
30-Nov

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

See what students are saying on Niche.com

I didn't think I would be able to get the experience of going to a large school but also getting individual attention from many of my professors, but Cal Poly has made that possible. Most of my professors know me by name and it's reassuring to know they care enough...
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Although I've had a few unhelpful professors -- with generally dense courses to match -- overall my professors have been excited and engaged, and make an effort to make the material reflect that. The class sizes are fantastic for a good-sized college, and I have not had any real issues...
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If you are an engineering or an architecture student, the career fairs, internship opportunities, and alumni networks are fantastic. I have heard prospects aren't as great for other majors, but in general the school seems to make an effort to get their students into the workforce. As primarily an undergraduate...
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* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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