Tool December 2016

Best Values in Colleges

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)


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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is ranked 21 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 98 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 77%
Applicants who took ACT 70%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+10%
600-69944%
600+54%

SAT Math Score

700+21%
600-69948%
600+69%

ACT Score

30-3636%
24-2954%
24+89%

Students applied46,820
Students admitted14,651
Admission rate31%

Students per faculty19

4-year graduation rate42%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$5,472
Fees$3,603
Room and board$12,507
Estimated book expense$1,848
Total cost$23,430

Cost after need-based aid$19,905
Cost after non-need-based aid$21,483

Average debt at graduation$21,678

Out of State

Tuition$16,632
Fees$3,603
Room and board$12,507
Estimated book expense$1,848
Total cost$34,590

Cost after need-based aid$31,065
Cost after non-need-based aid$32,643

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$61,800

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met56%
Average need-based aid$3,525
Average non-need-based aid$1,947

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment20,049

Full-Time

Men10,245
Women9,073

Part-Time

Men465
Women266

Freshmen retained93%

# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.

NA - Not available


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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