Fall 2015 Enrollment
19,971 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
53% male 47% female
19% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
889 full-time faculty
552 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio
99% of first year students live on campus
36% of all students live on campus
|First-Year Seminars and Experiences||X|
|Common Intellectual Experiences||X|
|Collaborative Assignments and Projects||X|
|Service Learning, Community-Based Learning||X|
|Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience||X|
Retention Fall 2015
93.1% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2015
79.4% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||1%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||7%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||5%|
First Year Seminar
A first year seminar/experience is designed to increase intellectual development, more specifically the ability to reason, speak, and write effectively. Cal Poly embraces this challenge and provides its students with a structure that promotes the growth of these skills.
Writing Intensive Courses
Writing Intensive Courses are exactly how they sound. They are incredibly beneficial and important for developing strong communication skills. Students are exposed to several different prompts and assignments, and there is usually a year-end project.
Collaborative Assignments and Projects
It is important that students develop the ability to both work on their own and as a part of a group. Collaborative assignments involve both individual and group work, where a student must learn to play their own part while contributing as a member of a community. This skill is incredibly valuable, as most work environments require a well-rounded work ethic. Collaborating also exposes students to peers with different backgrounds and life experiences.
Service and Community-based Learning
Service learning takes students out of the classroom and into the community. Students are challenged to take their wealth of knowledge and use it to solve the issues that currently face their community. Service learning is especially impactful. By connecting curriculum with the greater community, students practice turning theory into problem-solving tactics.
Nine faculty were recently selected to further Cal Poly’s service learning initiative. The newly appointed faculty will be in charge of creating nine new service learning courses in collaboration with the STEM fields. The courses will include: learning in the class, community service, and in-class reflection.
A capstone can take make forms. A student might conduct research, give a performance, write a paper, or compile a portfolio. Cal Poly students may pursue their capstone in a specific department or in general education.
Graduation Writing Requirement
The Graduation Writing Requirement must be fulfilled by ALL Cal Poly students, whether they are pursuing an undergraduate degree or Master’s. The purpose of the requirement is to guarantee that students graduate as effective communicators. Undergraduates must complete 90 units before they may pursue the writing requirement. Students may opt to take the writing examination and skip the course, but they must pass to receive their diploma.
Students interested in studying abroad should attend a mandatory meeting with more details on their selected program. Studying abroad is a huge decision, and it’s important to gather all the information before leaving. It’s also crucial for students to double check that abroad credits will count toward general education or a degree. The best way to check this is to submit a GE petition. A GE petition will determine which credits do and do not transfer.
Some of the standout programs offered by Cal Poly include: Architecture in Rome, Construction Management in Prague, Sustainable tourism in the Dominican Republic, Architecture in Switzerland, and Architectural Engineering in Lithuania.
Students may choose to participate in alternative breaks, through which they provide service and care to an area in need. Alternative breaks are a great way for students to assess their own privileges against those less fortunate. This can be an eye opening experience in which many students realize the power they have to make a change.
|International Student Organization||X|
|Student-run film society||X|
|English (including composition)||X|
|Sciences (biological or physical)||X|
Other: Technology Studies
Class size breakdown
|Number of Classes||69||238||593||553||257||165||94||1969|
Living Learning Communities
Learning Communities are available at Cal Poly and synthesize two or more linked courses into one general theme. Students work closely with one another while tackling coursework. Oftentimes, learning communities study one topic from the perspectives of several different disciplines.
Clubs & Organizations
Students at Cal Poly join clubs and organizations and “learn by doing.” There are 325 to choose from, so students are sure to find one that suits their interests. It’s important to get involved outside of class, and student organizations are a great way to practice leadership skills and meet new friends. How does Country Line Dancing Club sound? Or maybe Food Science club is more your scene. Either way, there are plenty of options to explore.
Student Community Service
Student Community Service (SCS) mixes student interests with meaningful community service initiatives. SCS promotes leadership among its participants, who are tasked with enacting social change. There are eight different volunteer programs that have varying purposes. Students might chose to work with the environment or tackle the origins of homelessness.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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|Apartments for single students||X|
|Special housing for disabled students||X|
|Special housing for international students||X|
Other: Gender Inclusive
Students are highly encouraged to complete an internship. Not only do interns gain hands-on experience, but they also learn the ins and out of the field they have chosen to pursue. Often times, industry professionals serve as mentors, which can make the experience flow smoother.
Cal Poly offers a Co-op program, affording students the opportunity to further their professional development through practical application. Students who participate in a Co-op are paired with a faculty advisor that supervises the experience.
Admissions Fall 2015
46,820 Total Applicants
14,651 Total Admissions
4,943 Total Freshmen Enrollment
31.29% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling Admission? No
Priority date: November 31
Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||550||650|
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016
|Room and Board (on campus)||$12,507||$12,507|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$21,582|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 Final
$9,228 First year students
$9,864 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final
56.1% on average, the percentage of need that was met
8% of financial need students that had need fully met
$3,525 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,029 Average need-based loan