California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
2022 Average Net Price
$19,184
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.842%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
30.4%
58,774 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
22,000
94.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
85.5%
3,693 Graduates

About

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a higher education institution located in San Luis Obispo County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were General Business Administration & Management (753 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (272 degrees), and Computer Science (163 degrees).

In 2022, 5,619 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. 50.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,069 degrees), 3.19 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (963 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,184.

In 2022, 50% of undergraduate students attending California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 23% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $−18,254 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$19,184
2022 Value
7.36%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,184. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo grew by 7.36%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,332
Room and Board
$909
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was of $16,332 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.07% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $909. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.36% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
23%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

50% of undergraduate students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 3.85% with respect to 2021, when 52% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.842%
2019 Default Rate
24
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 0.842%, which represents 24 out of the 2852 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received 58,774 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 7.7% annual growth. Out of those 58,774 applicants, 17,885 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 30.4% acceptance rate.

There were 22,000 students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2022.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an overall enrollment yield of 28.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

30.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
17,885
Accepted Out of 58,774

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 30.4% (17,885 admissions from 58,774 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 33%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 7.7%, while admissions declined by −0.683%..

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Enrollment

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total enrollment of 22,000 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 20,702 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,298. This means that 94.1% of students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51.3% White, 21.4% Hispanic or Latino, 14% Asian, 7.6% Two or More Races, 0.732% Black or African American, 0.259% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (25.7%), followed by White Female (25.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (11%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.2%), followed by White Male (22.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (13.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,000 students. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 20,702 and the part-time enrollment is 1,298. This means that 94.1% of students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    11,284 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,716 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    3,086 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 51.3% White, 21.4% Hispanic or Latino, 14% Asian, 7.6% Two or More Races, 0.732% Black or African American, 0.259% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 670 students (3.05%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 57 more women than men received degrees from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white (3,069 degrees awarded). There were 3.19 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (963 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is General Business Administration & Management (753 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (272 degrees) and Computer Science (163 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,336 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (83 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (170 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Software developers (514,218 people), Other managers (396,702 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (370,557 people), Civil engineers (286,044 people), and Mechanical engineers (211,044 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2022 are Engineering (1,336 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (83 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (170 degrees), Math & Statistics (117 degrees), and Physical Sciences (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Engineering (1,336 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (83 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (170 degrees), Math & Statistics (117 degrees), and Physical Sciences (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Computer Systems Design (558,937 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (465,294 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (390,419 people), Construction (314,198 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (291,616 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Engineering (1,336 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (83 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (170 degrees), Math & Statistics (117 degrees), and Physical Sciences (103 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 753 degrees awarded
  2. 272 degrees awarded
  3. 163 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was General Business Administration & Management with 753 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,781
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,838
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,781 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, which is 0.98 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,838).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 423 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.13 times more than the 374 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 374 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.884 times less than the 423 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
83%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 53% of students graduating from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 83% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Masters Colleges and Universities Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.25% of graduates (157 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,069 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    963 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    730 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white (3,069 degrees awarded). There were 3.19 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (963 degrees).

4.04% of degree recipients (227 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,587 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,482 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    491 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white female (1,587 degrees awarded). There were 1.07 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1482 degrees).

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Operations

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at nearly $243M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−8.04%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total salary expenditure of 639M. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo employs 311 Professors, 226 Lecturers and 182 Associate professors. Most academics at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Male Professor (216), Male Lecturer (138), and Male Associate professor (109).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 270 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 263 employees, and Service with 211 employees.

Endowment

$243M
2022 Endowment
15.4%
decline from 2021

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at about $243M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo declined 15.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $196M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$220M
2022 Salaries
3.31%
growth from 2021

In 2022, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a median of $220M in salaries, which represents 34.5% of their overall expenditure ($639M) and a 3.31% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$92.9M
Instructional Salaries
886
Number of Employees

In 2022, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a total of $92.9M to 886 employees working as instructors, which represents 42.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
311 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
270 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Professor with 311 employees, Lecturer with 226 employees, and Associate professor with 182 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 270 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 263 employees, and Service with 211 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Lecturer
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was Male Professor with 216 employees, Male Lecturer with 138 employees, and Male Associate professor with 109 employees.

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