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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo – Tuition & Success Analysis

San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 20,367

Average annual cost of attendance: $18,845

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $18,631

Campus Setting: Small Suburb

Religious Affiliation: None

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $11,147

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $13,050

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $16,165

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $20,865

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $24,311


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 78%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 94%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $66,900

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 79%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Admissions

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Acceptance Rate: 29%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 590 to 700

SAT Critical Reading: 560 to 660

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: 25 to 33

ACT Math: 26 to 32

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 19%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 33%

Typical student debt: $18,631

Typical monthly loan payment: $198

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Majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


These are the most popular areas of study offered at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo:

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences – 14%
  • Architecture and Related Services – 5%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 6%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 14%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 3%
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services – 2%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 2%
  • Education – 2%
  • Engineering – 22%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 1%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 2%
  • History – 1%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 2%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 2%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 2%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 5%
  • Physical Sciences – 2%
  • Psychology – 3%
  • Social Sciences – 5%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 3%

For more information about the various majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, visit their website.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Diversity


Overall Composition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo full time:  96%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo part time:  4%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo:  3%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 13%

Black: 1%

Hispanic: 16%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Two or more races: 7%

Unknown: 5%

White: 56%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 3.6

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 3.6

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 28.2

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.