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Study at California Polytechnic State University

California Polytechnic State University, popularly called Cal Poly, is a nationally ranked four-year public university in California. Established in 1901, it has one of the largest campuses covering over 9, 678 acres of land. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees to over 19, 000 students in 7 distinct colleges:
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Orfalea College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Mathematics
Cal Poly has consistently been listed in the U. S. News and World Report for America's Best Colleges and according to the Forbes. com ranking of college campuses in 2008, the alumni have the third-highest average salaries of all public university graduates in the United States. The Cal Poly university mascot is the Mustang and the university fields over 20 varsity sports. The women's volleyball team won the second straight Big West Title in 2007. Stephanie Brown Trafton won the gold medal in the women's discus throw at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Profile of California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis Obispo, California is home to Cal Poly. San Luis Obispo is a small suburb. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Cal Poly go up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in engineering, agricultural science and management, landscaping and horticulture, animal science and care, architecture and planning, and nutrition and exercise therapy.

Cal Poly Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. The school attracts a lot of applicants every year, and can only accept about 47% of them . Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 520. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 670.

The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Cal Poly is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school has 19, 777 enrolled students .

Student Life
Cal Poly offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big West Conference and Other.

Cal Poly Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering943electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, construction engineering, architectural engineering, industrial engineering, engineering, . . .
Business and Management652business management, business administration
Liberal Arts458liberal arts and sciences, social services, speech and rhetoric, English, history, political science, economics, foreign language and literature
Agricultural Science and Management265agricultural management, agriculture, agricultural mechanization, food science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy241dietitian, health and physical education, parks and recreation studies
Architecture and Planning240architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture
Science215biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, microbiology, ecology, geological and earth sciences, polymer chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering199computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Education and Teaching168education, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, industrial arts teaching
Animal Science and Care137animal science, dairy science
Media117graphic communications, journalism
Therapy and Counselling87psychology
Landscaping and Horticulture57ornamental horticulture, horticultural science, agronomy, soil science
Fine Arts49fine arts
Mathematics47mathematics, statistics
Conservation and Resource Management45forestry, natural resources policy
Art Studies36art studies
Family and Social Work23public administration
Drama and Performing Arts20drama
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
Contact: Cal PolyCalifornia Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, California 93407

General Phone: (805) 756-1111


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