California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)

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Cal Poly can be found in San Luis Obispo, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around nineteen thousand students enrolled each year at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 1140 (25th percentile) to 1340 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 25 (25th percentile) to 30 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants accepted to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Cal Poly average GPA ranges from 3.42 to 3.64 for accepted students. About 30 percent of all applicant were admitted at Cal Poly, and from those that were granted acceptance around 32 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected Cal Poly acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 34%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cal Poly Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was reported as 31.2% in Fall 2012 with over 36,900 college applications submitted to Cal Poly. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Cal Poly ACT Scores: 25 - 30
  • Cal Poly Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 33.3%
  • 2009-2010: 37.3%
  • 2010-2011: 32.5%
  • 2011-2012: 37.4%
  • 2012-2013: 31.2%
  • Projected Cal Poly Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 34.0%

How Does Cal Poly Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is seventy-eight percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Bakersfield66.3%
California State University-Monterey Bay44.4%
California State University-Channel Islands64.4%
Pepperdine University37.3%
University of California-Santa Cruz59.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cal Poly (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English24 - 31
Math26 - 31
Composite Score25 - 30
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