California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,742

4.93% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$19,002

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

0.957%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

34.6%

48,588 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

22,370

95.6% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

79.7%

2,758 Graduates

About

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a higher education institution located in San Luis Obispo County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were General Business Administration & Management (648 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (245 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (191 degrees).

In 2017, 5,205 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. 47.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,058 degrees), 3.83 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (798 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,742, which is $-14,991 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,742, which is $-14,991 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,002.

In 2017, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 32% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, 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 $-14,991 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$19,002

2017 Value

2.55%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,002. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo grew by 2.55%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,507

Room and Board

$1,848

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was of $12,507 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,848. The cost of room and board increased by 4.15% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.99% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

52%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

32%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.89% with respect to 2016, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (in red) with that of other similar universities.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other expenses.

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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.

0.957%

2016 Default Rate

26

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 0.957%, which represents 26 out of the 2716 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 48,588 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.885% annual growth. Out of those 48,588 applicants, 16,817 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 34.6% acceptance rate.

There were 22,370 students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2017, and 70% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an overall enrollment yield of 31.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

34.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

16,817

Accepted Out of 48,588

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 34.6% (16,817 admissions from 48,588 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 29.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 0.885%, while admissions grew by 18.4%.

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SAT Scores

70%

Submission Percentage

3,670

Scores Submitted

70% of enrolled first-time students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has a total enrollment of 22,370 students. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 21,375 students and the part-time enrollment is 995. This means that 95.6% 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 54.8% White, 16.7% Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% Asian, 7.45% Two or More Races, 0.751% Black or African American, 0.143% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.139% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (28%), followed by White Female (26.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (8.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (32.1%), followed by White Male (25.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.22%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,370 students. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 21,375 and the part-time enrollment is 995. This means that 95.6% of students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2017 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 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

  1. White

    12,254

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,744

  3. Asian

    2,843

The enrolled student population at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 54.8% White, 16.7% Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% Asian, 7.45% Two or More Races, 0.751% Black or African American, 0.143% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.139% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 1,120 students (5.01%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 229 fewer women than men received degrees from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. The majority of degree recipients at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are white (3,058 degrees awarded). There were 3.83 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (798 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is General Business Administration & Management (648 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (245 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (191 degrees).

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 Agriculture (583 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (201 degrees), and Engineering (1,347 degrees).

Workforce

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 Other managers (353,590 people), Software developers (349,152 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (301,017 people), Civil engineers (231,219 people), and Mechanical engineers (172,576 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (583 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (201 degrees), Engineering (1,347 degrees), Communication Technologies (82 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (102 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Dentists, Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (583 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (201 degrees), Engineering (1,347 degrees), Communication Technologies (82 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (102 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

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 Architectural, engineering & related services (523,552 people), Computer Systems Design (401,187 people), Construction (294,495 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (213,865 people), and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. (149,548 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (583 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (201 degrees), Engineering (1,347 degrees), Communication Technologies (82 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (102 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 648 degrees awarded

  2. 245 degrees awarded

  3. 191 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was General Business Administration & Management with 648 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of degree recipients from bachelors degree programs at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo according to their major.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,717

  2. 2,488

In 2017, 2,717 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, which is 1.09 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,488).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 360 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.15 times more than the 312 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 312 degrees were awarded to women at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.867 times less than the 360 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%

100% Completion Time

76%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 40% 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, 76% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 78% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate 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 (67.2%).

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, 4.79% of graduates (132 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,058 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    798 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    581 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white (3,058 degrees awarded). There were 3.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (798 degrees).

5.3% of degree recipients (276 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,562 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,496 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    401 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white male (1,562 degrees awarded). There were 1.04 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,496 degrees).

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Operations

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at nearly $210M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.27M (1.08%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total expenditure of $477M. Of that $477M, they spent $186M on salaries and $477M on benefits.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo employs 315 Professors, 211 Lecturers, and 194 Assistant professors. Most academics at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Male Professors (234), Male Lecturers(131), and Male Assistant professors (104).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are: Business and Financial Operations, with 270 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 238 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 233 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$210M

2017 Endowment

10.2%

growth from 2016

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at about $210M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo grew 10.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $177M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$186M

Salary Expenditure

$477M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total expenditure of $477M. Of that $477M, they spent $186M on salaries and $477M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$186M

2017 Salaries

6.75%

growth from 2016

In 2017, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a median of $186M in salaries, which represents 38.9% of their overall expenditure ($477M) and a 6.75% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.761% growth from 2015 and a 9.04% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$80.2M

Instructional Salaries

876

Number of Employees

In 2017, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a total of $80.2M to 876 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

315 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

270 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Professor with 315 employees; Lecturer with 211 employees; and Lecturer with 194 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Business and Financial Operations with 270 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 238 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 233 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Lecturer

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was Male Professor with 234 employees, Male Lecturer with 131 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 104 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

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