California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

We call this school an "engine of inequality" because very few students come from working-class and low-income family backgrounds, and it falls in the bottom 5% of all four-year colleges nationwide for its extraordinarily low enrollment of freshmen who receive Pell Grants, a type of federal financial aid for low-income students. This college is not very socioeconomically diverse. If this is important to you, use this website to identify similar colleges or colleges in your area that may be more diverse or affordable and that graduate a high percentage of students.

General Information

Website calpoly.edu
Address 1 Grand Ave.
City San Luis Obispo
State CA
Zip 93407
Locale Suburb: Small

Student Success Highlights

Retention Rate
First-year retention rate 95%
Graduation Rate
Four-year graduation rate 45.4%
Five-year graduation rate 74.9%
Six-year graduation rate 79.1%
Transfer-Out Rate
% of students who transfer out 2.7%

College Characteristics

Sector Public
Carnegie Classification Masters Large
Size: Number of Undergraduates 21,351
Endowment Assets $209,804,287
Minority-Serving Institution Not Applicable
Accrediting Agency -
Net Price Calculator Website financialaid.calpoly.edu/calculator/npcalc.htm
% Undergraduates Taking Any Distance Education 5%

Admissions and Price

Average High School GPA Among College Freshmen 3.92
Admission Test Scores Policy Required
Median SAT Verbal 610 (25th - 75th percentile = 560 - 660)
Median SAT Math 645 (25th - 75th percentile = 590 - 700)
Median SAT Writing -
Median ACT Composite 28.5 (25th - 75th percentile = 26 - 31)
Median ACT Writing -
Percent Admitted 29.5%
In-State Tuition and Fees $9,075
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees $20,235
Total Price for In-State Students Living on Campus $26,076
Average Net Price After Grants $19,002
Average Freshmen Student Loan (all sources) $5,900
Median earnings 10 years after entry $66,900
Median debt of completers $18,631
Federal Loan Default Rate 1.5%

Student Characteristics

% Pell Recipients Among Freshman 13.8%
% Underrepresented Minority 17.0%
% Black 0.7%
% Latino 16.1%
% Native American 0.1%
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
% Asian 12.6%
% White 56.3%
% Two or More Races 7.1%
% Other 6.9%
% Noresident Aliens 2.2%
% Female 47.3%
% Male 52.7%
% Age 25 and Over 2.9%
% Part-time 3.5%