California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,090
Graduate Enrollment: 1,103
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander institution
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Suburb: Small (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population less than 100,000)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 33%

Male/Female: 50% / 50% (2017)

First generation college students: 24.8% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 1.2% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2016)

Test scores for admission: Neither required or recommended
2021 Median Admit SAT: 1,325


2021 Median Admit ACT: 29


Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 80.1% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 74.9% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 69.9% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 63.5% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 53.0%
Black: 0.7%
Hispanic: 19.4%
Asian: 13.7%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
2+ races: 7.6%
Non-resident alien: 2.0%
Unknown race: 3.2%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $28,843
In-State tuition: $10,195
Out-of-State tuition: $28,105

Estimated books and supplies: $909 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $16,332 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $2,244 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $16,332 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $2,244 (2022)

Average Family Income: $99,986 (2017)
Median Family Income: $74,513 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 16.3%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 22.8%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $18,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $196 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $11,885
$30k-48k $12,855
$48k-75k $17,778
$75k-110k $22,753
$110k+ $27,750

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 57%
6-year graduation rate: 85%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 96.6% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $18,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $9,166 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $15,095 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $16,446 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 88.3% (2015)
@3 year 91.5% (2017)
@5 year 93.1% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 78.4% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 80.6% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $59,889 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $76,958 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Agriculture, General. 27 $21,903 $232 $51,069 ($4,256) $57,972 ($4,831)
Master's Degree Agriculture, General. 16
Bachelor's Degree Landscape Architecture. 35 $22,433 $239 $55,494 ($4,625) $58,474 ($4,873)
Bachelor's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 96 $22,500 $239 $79,348 ($6,612) $101,270 ($8,439)
Master's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 16 $96,343 ($8,029)
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Engineering. 38 $16,420 $163 $68,236 ($5,686) $77,884 ($6,490)
Bachelor's Degree Architectural Engineering. 66 $25,116 $265 $74,262 ($6,189) $77,591 ($6,466)
Master's Degree Architectural Engineering. 7
Bachelor's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 107 $20,500 $217 $75,017 ($6,251) $97,977 ($8,165)
Master's Degree Biomedical/Medical Engineering. 31 $142 $79,317 ($6,610)
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 149 $20,424 $217 $76,577 ($6,381) $91,424 ($7,619)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 38 $177 $80,222 ($6,685) $96,348 ($8,029)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 141 $20,556 $218 $101,635 ($8,470) $122,307 ($10,192)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 135 $24,449 $249 $83,812 ($6,984) $99,426 ($8,286)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 31 $111,598 ($9,300) $136,031 ($11,336)
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Science. 14
Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 48 $20,500 $217 $74,849 ($6,237) $84,785 ($7,065)
Bachelor's Degree Materials Engineering 45 $17,000 $180 $72,450 ($6,038) $98,908 ($8,242)
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 51 $17,500 $186 $51,845 ($4,320) $56,972 ($4,748)
Bachelor's Degree Microbiological Sciences and Immunology. 38 $22,138 $231
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 66 $16,718 $176 $51,324 ($4,277) $65,655 ($5,471)
Master's Degree Mathematics. 9
Bachelor's Degree Statistics. 33 $17,939 $190 $65,758 ($5,480) $83,452 ($6,954)
Bachelor's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 80 $17,620 $182 $28,155 ($2,346)
Master's Degree Nutrition Sciences. 3
Bachelor's Degree Marine Sciences. 15
Bachelor's Degree Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies. 89 $16,369 $163 $38,369 ($3,197)
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 127 $16,666 $159 $29,723 ($2,477)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 29
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 30 $15,259 $162 $42,738 ($3,562)
Master's Degree Chemistry. 5
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 49 $15,000 $159 $40,136 ($3,345)
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 32 $23,000 $253 $88,601 ($7,383)
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 124 $20,000 $201 $27,508 ($2,292) $48,589 ($4,049)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 13 $45,620 ($3,802) $75,570 ($6,298)
Master's Degree Fire Protection. 9 $117,125 ($9,760)
Master's Degree Public Policy Analysis. 9
Bachelor's Degree History. 59 $17,627 $168 $29,825 ($2,485) $53,071 ($4,423)
Master's Degree History. 10
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 181 $14,500 $170 $56,609 ($4,717) $78,364 ($6,530)
Master's Degree Agricultural Business and Management. 1
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Mechanization. 34 $55,110 ($4,593)
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Production Operations. 71
Bachelor's Degree Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services. 1
Bachelor's Degree Agricultural Public Services. 30 $39,205 ($3,267) $73,829 ($6,152)
Bachelor's Degree Animal Sciences. 180 $20,500 $217 $29,961 ($2,497) $52,909 ($4,409)
Master's Degree Animal Sciences. 7 $78,488 ($6,541)
Bachelor's Degree Food Science and Technology. 43 $20,654 $207 $48,308 ($4,026) $73,350 ($6,113)
Bachelor's Degree Plant Sciences. 63 $16,666 $159 $57,214 ($4,768) $64,619 ($5,385)
Bachelor's Degree Soil Sciences. 2
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Management and Policy. 84 $20,000 $207 $35,917 ($2,993) $59,696 ($4,975)
Bachelor's Degree Forestry. 29 $17,000 $184 $49,040 ($4,087) $67,118 ($5,593)
Master's Degree Forestry. 2
Bachelor's Degree Architecture. 135 $27,500 $292 $58,274 ($4,856) $70,760 ($5,897)
Master's Degree Architecture. 1
Bachelor's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 36 $18,167 $205 $55,693 ($4,641) $71,455 ($5,955)
Master's Degree City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. 14 $62,239 ($5,187) $83,344 ($6,945)
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 264 $20,500 $217 $78,866 ($6,572) $97,466 ($8,122)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 23 $233 $102,941 ($8,578)
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering. 95 $19,691 $209 $78,789 ($6,566) $103,886 ($8,657)
Master's Degree Industrial Engineering. 7
Bachelor's Degree Manufacturing Engineering. 11
Graduate/Professional Certificate Engineering, Other. 3
Bachelor's Degree Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians. 48 $18,250 $183 $72,049 ($6,004)
Master's Degree Engineering-Related Fields. 2
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 4
Bachelor's Degree Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services. 1
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 70 $23,956 $249 $26,657 ($2,221) $50,644 ($4,220)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 5 $45,749 ($3,812)
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 128 $17,500 $186 $55,078 ($4,590)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 241 $22,949 $244 $32,714 ($2,726) $63,237 ($5,270)
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 65 $18,500 $186 $62,283 ($5,190) $76,499 ($6,375)
Master's Degree Economics. 22
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 119 $17,665 $189 $39,146 ($3,262) $71,231 ($5,936)
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 57 $16,750 $175 $41,165 ($3,430) $67,872 ($5,656)
Bachelor's Degree Social Sciences, Other. 40 $17,000 $170 $25,938 ($2,162) $41,749 ($3,479)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 14
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 49 $19,198 $190 $35,610 ($2,968) $67,430 ($5,619)
Bachelor's Degree Music. 8
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 762 $17,000 $176 $67,785 ($5,649) $85,332 ($7,111)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 45 $233 $60,728 ($5,061)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 21 $70,591 ($5,883) $96,939 ($8,078)
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 31 $75,885 ($6,324)
Master's Degree Taxation. 14
Bachelor's Degree Construction Management. 112 $18,955 $196 $86,830 ($7,236)
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 19
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 52 $14,928 $158 $57,429 ($4,786) $60,521 ($5,043)
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 89 $19,333 $207 $43,599 ($3,633) $54,626 ($4,552)
Bachelor's Degree Graphic Communications. 100 $17,961 $190 $48,045 ($4,004) $67,063 ($5,589)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 169 $19,298 $207 $102,789 ($8,566)
Master's Degree Computer Science. 27 $154,055 ($12,838)
Master's Degree Education, General. 24 $62,594 ($5,216) $66,655 ($5,555)
Master's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 14
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 13
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 56 $18,090 $194 $30,570 ($2,548) $41,707 ($3,476)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 33 $72,754 ($6,063)
Master's Degree Engineering, General. 19 $104,099 ($8,675)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 17


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $95,238
Full time faculty: 68%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 21.0

School's endowment start of year: $226,112,910 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $287,263,401 (2022)