California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Review

A Excellent
4.647075 Based on 17 Reviews
Career Preparation
A+
Students and Culture
A+
Facilities
A
Activities and Groups
A

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

1755 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
96
16
 
 
Architectural Engineering
 
66
7
 
 
Architecture
 
135
1
 
 
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
214
62
 
 
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
36
14
 
 
Civil Engineering, General
 
149
0
 
 
Civil Engineering, Other
 
 
38
 
 
Computer Engineering, General
 
88
 
 
 
Computer Software Engineering
 
53
 
 
 
Construction Engineering
 
0
 
 
 
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
135
31
 
 
Engineering Science
 
14
 
 
 
Engineering, General
 
 
19
 
 
Engineering, Other
 
 
0
3
 
Engineering/Industrial Management
 
 
0
 
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
48
 
 
 
Industrial Engineering
 
95
7
 
 
Industrial Technology/Technician
 
48
 
 
 
Landscape Architecture
 
35
 
 
 
Manufacturing Engineering
 
11
 
 
 
Materials Engineering
 
45
 
 
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
264
23
 
 
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
 
0
 
 
 
Packaging Science
 
 
2
0
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

960 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
 
21
 
 
Business Administration and Management, General
 
762
45
 
 
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
 
 
0
 
 
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
 
 
22
 
 
Economics, General
 
65
0
 
 
Management Science
 
 
31
 
 
Taxation
 
 
14
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

893 Agriculture Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
 
181
1
 
 
Agricultural Business and Management, General
 
0
0
 
 
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
 
30
 
 
 
Agricultural Engineering
 
38
 
 
 
Agricultural Mechanization, General
 
34
 
 
 
Agriculture, General
 
27
16
 
 
Agronomy and Crop Science
 
63
 
 
 
Animal Sciences, General
 
164
 
 
 
Dairy Science
 
16
7
 
 
Food Science
 
43
 
 
 
Forestry, General
 
29
2
 
 
Horticultural Science
 
0
 
 
 
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
 
168
 
 
 
Ornamental Horticulture
 
1
 
 
 
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
 
2
 
 
 
Viticulture and Enology
 
71
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

637 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
 
102
 
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
241
17
 
 
Chemistry, General
 
30
 
 
 
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
 
49
 
 
 
Marine Sciences
 
15
 
 
 
Mathematics, General
 
66
9
 
 
Microbiology, General
 
38
 
 
 
Physics, General
 
32
0
 
 
Polymer Chemistry
 
 
5
 
 
Statistics, General
 
33
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

531 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Teacher Education
 
0
66
 
 
Art/Art Studies, General
 
0
 
 
 
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
 
 
13
 
 
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
 
56
 
 
 
Education, General
 
 
24
 
 
English Language and Literature, General
 
70
5
 
 
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
 
4
 
 
 
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
 
127
0
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
 
100
 
 
 
Rhetoric and Composition
 
0
 
 
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
 
14
 
 
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
52
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

508 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
 
19
 
 
 
History, General
 
59
10
 
 
Human Development and Family Studies, General
 
1
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
 
28
 
 
 
Philosophy
 
29
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
119
 
 
 
Psychology, General
 
124
13
 
 
Public Administration
 
 
0
 
 
Public Policy Analysis, General
 
 
9
 
 
Social Sciences, General
 
0
 
 
 
Social Sciences, Other
 
40
 
 
 
Sociology
 
57
 
 
 

296 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
 
169
27
 
 
Graphic Communications, General
 
100
0
 
 

112 Trades and Careers Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Engineering
 
0
 
 
 
Construction Management
 
112
 
 
 

89 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
 
89
 
 
 

89 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
 
89
 
 
 

83 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dietetics/Dietitian
 
0
0
 
 
Nutrition Sciences
 
80
3
 
 

71 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
14
 
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
49
 
 
 
Music, General
 
8
 
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Engineering, Other
 
 
 
 
Packaging Science
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
Specialized Institution Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (Department of Food Science and Nutrition)
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

A+ Excellent
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

4.8823529411765 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Education, Class of 2001

    The program required work experience hours directly related to the degree

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

    I remember they provided interviews with companies in our fields for us.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2003

    Career center, career fairs, senior project

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS - Business , Class of 1972

    a philosophy of learning by doing

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business Admin, Class of 2011

    "Learn by doing" philosophy, all hands-on classes, less lectures, senior project where you do a real world event/product/business

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1981

    There motto is Learn by Doing so you get hands on experience vs theoretical. Also, they had good programs with companies if you wanted to do 3 month or 6 month work experience programs.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutrition, Class of 2004

    Cal Poly is a "learn by doing" school. We completed many volunteer hours in the community as part of our course credit. We also had many guest speakers who worked in the real world so we could learn first hand what is was like to work in the area of nutrition and dietetics.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Food Science, Class of 1992

    Lots of alum support and also internships in the field of study

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Construction Management, Class of 1990

    Learn-By-Doing, hands-on education opportunities, as well as current industry professionals as professors.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSEL, Class of 1984

    Practical application. A lot of hands-on. Very few, if any, socialist instructors.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2010

    Learn by doing curriculum, extensive alumni involvement

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

    Fast paced quarter system, many labs, real projects.

    5 Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.7058823529412 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Education, Class of 2001

    Students in my program were full time employees and already working in the field.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS - Business , Class of 1972

    Bright, driven students in a positive environment

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business Admin, Class of 2011

    Really fun party atmosphere but everyone was very intelligent and hardworking, beach culture but also citylike almost

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

    Relaxed. It has a lot of engineering and agriculture studies.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1981

    Casual. Lots of different studies, from tech to Ag.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutrition, Class of 2004

    Mostly white, 50/50 male to female ratio, relaxed environment but very competitive at the same time.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Food Science, Class of 1992

    Big agriculture school, mostly white students

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Poly Sci, Class of 1981

    hard working, salt of the earth

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business, Class of 2006

    Promotes hands on, practical experience.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSEL, Class of 1984

    With the exception of the athletes and the home-ec majors, the students at Cal Poly tend to be studious, and have firm career paths in mind prior to enrolling.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

    Naturally a lot of nerds, but most are free of the major stereotypes. More than 1/10 of the student body goes dancing every week. Lots of outdoorsy folks.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.4705882352941 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

    I don't know nowadays. The computer we used took up a whole room!

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2003

    When I was there, dorms and food were not great. Things have gotten much bettet

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BS - Business , Class of 1972

    A mix of old and new.... not as good as some colleges

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business Admin, Class of 2011

    They were renovating while I was there so they're probably even better now, but labs/classes were very upgraded, dorms were a little small but not bad

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

    Laboratories were advanced. The library was extensive with many places to study alone or in groups. The class sizes were smaller at least for my major, around 40 people. The dining halls were nice, but the campus had a few additional choices beyond the dining halls.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1981

    At the time, they were great. I am guessing they have improved.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutrition, Class of 2004

    Multiple new dorms, campus wide dining program spread all over the campus, many computer labs, new equipment in food science labs

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Landscape Architecture, Class of 2008

    continuing to be upgraded. lack funding

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSEL, Class of 1984

    At the time, many buildings were older and very functional. Unfortunately, they did add some horrible buildings that are more of a maze than something really efficient..

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2010

    State of the art & extensive

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

    Well equipped computer labs, albeit typically loaded with too much software so they're a little slow. The dorms are good, the food is overpriced and mediocre. The majority of classrooms are equipped with computer projectors. The grounds are kept clean, both by helpful students and good maintenance staff.

    5 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

4.5294117647059 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Education, Class of 2001

    The agricultural emphasis of the campus. I especially like the horse barn.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

    the Rose Bowl Parade float committee

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Microbiology, Class of 2003

    Ski club, beach volleyball, bike night

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Business Admin, Class of 2011

    Club sports were almost better than varsity (I'm biased) and incredibly fun, greek life seemed huge if you were in it but probably not overwhelming if you weren't

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

    Bowling and billiards as classes; horse stables.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Computer Science, Class of 1981

    They had something for everyone - hard to remember back then, the specifics.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Nutrition, Class of 2004

    Every Thursday is club day where clubs meet campus wide from 11-12. There is a large and brand new gym facility with Olympic sized swimming pool. There is a performing arts center that attracts stars/acts from all over the world and students can get in with a student discount. Sports activities/games.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Food Science, Class of 1992

    Greek system is strong and also

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Construction Management, Class of 1990

    The Rose Parade float group is unique in that the two Cal Poly campuses (SLO and Pomona) each build half of a float and assemble them in Pasadena. Also, Poly Canyon offers a wonderful opportunity to build real-life projects.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Poly Sci, Class of 1981

    Very divese so hard to answer

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    BSEL, Class of 1984

    Going to the beach, surfing, biking and hiking.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

    There's a group for everyone at this school, from electronics to rocket building to dancing. Greek life is also popular. There are pickup games of volleyball and ultimate frisbee several days a week.

    5 Rated January 2016
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