California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

San Luis Obispo, CA

$5,742

Avg in-state tuition

$17,622

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo is a large public university located on a suburban campus in San Luis Obispo, California. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,440, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 38%. The university offers 95 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 83%, and a student-faculty ratio of 21:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $5,742, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $17,622.

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Admissions Breakdown

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

Acceptance Rate Insight

38% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Test scores Required

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Not required or recommended

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

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SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1220-1410

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 26-32

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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22k

Students Enrolled

100%

Online Student Enrollment

21:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus
International Online classes are available for students around the world.

Demographics

White

54%

Hispanic

18%

Asian

13%

Two or more races

8%

Unknown

4%

Non-U.S. Citizen

2%

Black

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

49%

Socio-economic diversity

15% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $5,742 $17,622
Graduate $7,176 $16,680

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time, degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $888
On-campus room and board $15,694
On-campus other expenses $2,190
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $15,694
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $2,190
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $2,190

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $24,514 $36,394
Off-campus without family $24,514 $36,394
Off-campus with family $8,820 $20,700

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

15%

State Grant Aid

27%

Institution Grant Aid

43%

Pell Grant

15%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,537
State Grant Aid $2,828
Institution Grant Aid $4,063
Pell Grant Aid $4,746

Financial Outlook

$55k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$20k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPEDS data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.