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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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




Screen last updated on: July 1, 2016

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:
In mid-September, early January, early April, and late June.
Calendar system:
quarter system (four terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:
Orientation for new students held in September.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:
Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Sciences
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:
Student:Faculty ratio:
Total faculty:
835 men, 576 women, 1,411 total
Full-time faculty:
571 men, 318 women, 889 total
Part-time faculty:
264 men, 258 women, 522 total
Faculty degrees:
57% PhD, 23% master's degree, 16% bachelor's degree, 3% other
Graduation rate:
79% within six years
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:
Minor requirements:
not required for graduation
Physical education is required:
There are religious requirements for graduation:
Minimum GPA required to graduate:

Programs Offered

Undergraduate studies homepage:
Graduate studies homepage:
Special programs offered:
double majors, dual degrees, independent study, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, external degree program
Education certifications:
Graduate schools/programs are offered:
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs:
Sea Semester, National Student Exchange (NSE)
Study abroad opportunities:
Study abroad in England and in more than 37 other countries.
Army ROTC:
offered on-campus
Navy ROTC:
not offered
Air Force ROTC:
not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art Design
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioresource/Agricultural Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • City/Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Dairy Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management/Protection
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Food Science
  • Forestry/Natural Resources
  • General Engineering
  • Graphic Communications
  • History
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Studies
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreational Parks Tourism Administration
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre/Dance
  • Wine/Viniculture

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