California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: California


Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo California. The emphasis of the University is a "learn by doing" educational experience for its more than 18,000+ students. Many students seek admission to Cal Poly not only because of its excellent academic reputation, but also because the 6,000-acre main campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, just minutes from California's Central Coast beaches.

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Total Students: 19471
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Faculty: 769

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 25:1
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Contact Information


San Luis Obispo California 93407


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Main Phone: 805-756-1111

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Admissions Contact:
Donna Amos
Associate Director, Office of Admissions & Recruitment

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Donna Amos
Associate Director, Office of Admissions & Recruitment

Athletics Contact:
Alison Cone

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum GPA for California residents - 2.0. Minimum GPA for non-residents - 2.4.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted when a grade of at least a D has been earned.

Credits (Min/Max):
Minimum credits - 60 semester (90 quarter) credits. Maximum credits from a two-year institution - 105 quarter credits. Maximum credits from a four-year institution - 105 quarter credits.

Test Scores for Applying:
Not required for admissions consideration.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Submit only upon request.

Essay(s) required:
Submit only upon request.

Application Fee:
$55 nonrefundable fee must be submitted with the application.

Other Requirements:
All applicants must meet general education, breadth and lower division program requirements. Additional requirements, including coursework, varies by major.

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Transfers Applied: 7313

Transfers Accepted: 926

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 13%

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General Financial Aid Information:
No separate application is needed for Cal Poly Scholarships. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 2 for full scholarship and financial aid consideration. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 805-756-2927.

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