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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Official telephone: (805) 756-1111

Website: www.calpoly.edu


Screen last updated on: August 23, 2016

The admissions information below is valid for the 2017-18 academic year.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
James Maraviglia,
Assoc Vice Provost for Marketing & Enrollment Development
Contacting the office:
805 756-2311
805 756-5400 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Final filing date for fall:
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Admissions requirements:
Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications as we look for students who have strong academic records, and are active in and outside the classroom.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Interview is:
neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements:
SAT considered if submitted, ACT considered if submitted, SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:
December 1 for SAT/ACT, December 1 for SAT Subject Test
High school units required or recommended:
1 required, 2 recommended
4 required, 5 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 4 recommended
2 required, 4 recommended
Social studies:
2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 2 recommended
15 required, 24 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
School has formalized early decision program:
Number of early decision applications submitted:
School has early action program:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Average SAT:
604 verbal, 635 math
Average ACT:
28 composite
Test taken by majority of applicants:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
by April 1
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
14,651 (31%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
4,943 (34%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Room deposit amount:
Admission may be deferred:

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