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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - SAT Scores and Admissions Data

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Cal Poly Campus, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly Campus, San Luis Obispo

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Cal Poly Description:

Cal Poly, or the California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo, is consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate engineering schools in the country. Its schools of architecture and agriculture are also ranked highly. Cal Poly has a "learn by doing" philosophy of education, and students do just that on the sprawling campus of just under 10,000 acres that includes a ranch and vineyard. Most of Cal Poly's Division I NCAA athletic teams compete in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly is the most selective of the Cal State schools.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 18,679 (17,680 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 55% Male / 45% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,043 (in-state); $19,701 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,754 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,679
  • Other Expenses: $3,414
  • Total Cost: $23,890 (in-state); $35,548 (out-of-state)

Cal Poly Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 48%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 37%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,463
    • Loans: $5,692

Scholarships for Cal Poly (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Agriculture Business and Management, Animal Sciences, Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 6%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 72%

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Cal Poly Mission Statement:

Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Mission statement from http://www.president.calpoly.edu/mission.asp

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