California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA
4-year
Large
Suburban

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Questions and Answers about California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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21 days ago
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Majors offered at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Mechanical Engineering
Biology, General

Academics at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1240-1430
SAT Score Range
400
1600
Required with application
26-32
ACT Score Range
1
36
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
21 to 1
Selectivity
Selective (30% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo demographics

55% White
17% Hispanic
13% Asian
7% Multiracial
1% Black
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Common careers for California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Senior Mechanical Engineer112k
Software Engineer98k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)89k
Electrical Engineer82k
Mechanical Engineer77k
Manufacturing Engineer75k
Project Engineer74k
Based on 27,153 student responses
66.4kAvg. Early Career Pay
123.5kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
51%in High-Meaning careers
38%in STEM careers

Net price of attending California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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Student reviews of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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Recommended by

80% of students

Known for

Lots of interesting clubs and activities
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Great internship and research opportunities
Helpful learning and accessibility services
Access to outdoor activities
Valerie Gonzalez
Clinical Psychology
Child Development
Human Rights
Research + 4 others

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

Overall, great. Lacks diversity, but has excellent academics.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

There is almost no diversity. It might be difficult to adjust if you identify as a non-white individual.

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

I like the facilities available to us as Physics majors. By that I mean we are free to use class labs outside of class for most of the week, the library is open to me 24/7, and everything I need on campus is within a 2 minute bike ride of each other which I love.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I think there could be more effort put into giving students fresh food; it always tastes like it was just reheated.

Robert Byrne
Weightlifting
Construction
Running
Rugby + 6 others

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

Cal Poly has been one of the best decisions I have made. I wake up proud that I go here and happy to start my day. Classes can be difficult but they are rewarding.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The food could be better. Accessibility to more options would be nice. It gets pretty monotonous.

Penny Lane Case
Painting and Studio Art
Woodworking
Songwriting
Poetry + 12 others

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

Cal Poly is a little pocket of magic. You work hard, and you play hard. Everyone is motivated to succeed in and out of school, and everyone knows how to have a good time. Nature rules!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Kassandra Gonzalez
Business And Entrepreneurship
Child Development
Graphic Design
Sports + 5 others

1.0

WHAT I LIKED

I picked Cal Poly because it is at a beautiful location and its motto, “learn by doing.” I was lucky enough to find good friends here which made student life somewhat better. I do not have many positive things to say about campus life or academics.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

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