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

ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT: 77%
Applicants who took ACT: 70%
SAT I Verbal score 600-699: 44%
SAT I Verbal score 700+: 10%
SAT I Verbal score 600+: 54%
SAT I Math score 600-699: 48%
SAT I Math score 700+: 21%
SAT I Math score 600+: 69%
ACT score 24-29: 54%
ACT score 30-36: 36%
ACT score 24+: 89%
Students applied: 46,820
Students admitted: 14,651
Admission rate: 31%
Students per faculty: 19
4-year graduation rate: 42%
6-year graduation rate: 0%

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment: 20,049
Full-time enrolled men: 10,245
Full-time enrolled women: 9,073
Part-time enrolled men: 465
Part-time enrolled women: 266
Freshmen retained: 93%

ANNUAL COSTS

Tuition (in state): $5,472
Fees (in state): $3,603
Tuition (out of state): $16,632
Fees (out of state): $3,603
Room and board: $12,507
Est. book expense: $1,848
Total cost (in state): $23,430
Total cost (out of state): $34,590
Cost after need-based aid
(in state):
$19,905
Cost after non-need-based aid
(in state):
$21,483
Cost after need-based aid
(out of state):
$31,065
Cost after non-need-based aid
(out of state):
$32,643
Average debt at graduation: $21,678

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met: 56%
Average need-based aid: $3,525
Average non-need-based aid: $1,947

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

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