Cal Poly

Graduates: 875
Undergraduates: 18739
Graduates: 875
Setting: Suburban
In-state Tuition: $5,472.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $5,472.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1232 / 27 / 3.87
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 54:46
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 30%

California Polytechnic State University or California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, also known as Cal Poly San Luis Obispoor Cal Poly, is a public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. Founded in 1901 as a vocational high school, it's currently one of only two polytechnic universities in the 23-member California State University system. Comprising six distinct colleges, the university offers 147 Bachelor's degrees, 49 Master's degrees, and 7 teaching credentials.The university does not confer Doctoral degrees.The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.

We are an engaged learning community that contributes to business and society through discovery and application. Amplification of Strategic Concepts/Phrases We strive to contribute to the well being of our students and the communities to which they belong by instilling in them a love of and an ability for learning and discovery that will serve them for the rest of their lives. We reinforce this by cultivating that love and ability for learning and discovery within ourselves. We embrace the principles of the 1940 AAUP Statement of Academic Freedom. We treat one another with respect and integrity, communicate honestly, and consult with one another when making important decisions that affect our learning community. We value research that is theoretical, applied and interdisciplinary, rooted in both our academic disciplines and the scholarship of teaching and learning. We are committed to providing our academically talented students with hands-on experiences and opportunities for discovery. Members of our community are ready to contribute to one another, to our organizations, and to the world. We challenge students, faculty and staff to assume responsibility for lifelong learning. We are committed to earning external accreditation of our college and its programs. Vision: Undisputed leader in experiential business education.

Cal Poly was established in 1901 when Governor Henry T. Gage signed the California Polytechnic School Bill. The university started out as the California Polytechnic School founded by Myron Angel. The polytechnic school held its first classes on October 1, 1903, offering secondary level courses of study, which took three years to complete. The first incoming class was 20 students.The school continued to grow steadily, except during a period from the mid 1910s to the early 1920s when World War I led to drops in enrollment and drastic budget cuts forced fewer class offerings. In 1924, Cal Poly was placed under the control of the California State Board of Education. In 1933, the Board of Education changed Cal Poly into a two-year technical and vocational school. The institution began to offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1940, with the first baccalaureate exercises held in 1942. The school was renamed the California State Polytechnic College in 1947 to better reflect its higher education offerings, and in 1949, a Master of Arts degree in education was added. In 1960, control of Cal Poly and all other state colleges was transferred from the State Board of Education to an independent Board of Trustees, which later became the California State University system. The college was authorized to offer Master of Science degrees in 1967. From 1967 to 1970, the school�s curriculum was reorganized into different units (such as the School of Science and Math, the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the School of Architecture, which was created in 1968). Cal Poly's FM radio station, KCPR, also began as a senior project in 1968. The state legislature changed the school�s official name again in 1971 to California Polytechnic State University. Since the 1970s, the university has seen steady enrollment growth and the construction of many significant buildings on campus. Cal Poly celebrated its centennial in 2001, and kicked off a $225 million fundraising campaign, the largest fund raising effort ever undertaken in CSU history. The Centennial Campaign raised over $264 million from over 81,000 donors, more than tripling the university�s endowment from $43 million to over $140 million. Cal Poly's $184.0 million endowment in 2013 was ranked 294th out of 849 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In 1998 the university was referred to as the flagship campus of the California State University system by the chancellor of the CSU.

Suburban, 9,678 acres (3,917 ha) Total; 1,321 acres (535 ha) for the Main Campus


Cal Poly has more than 140,000 alumni living and working everywhere from New York to Washington D.C. to Wisconsin to Idaho to Hawaii.


Website: www.calpoly.edu/
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