Tool December 2017

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 27 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 86 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 71%
Applicants who took ACT 72%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+14%
600-69944%
600+58%

SAT Math Score

700+25%
600-69946%
600+72%

ACT Score

30-3641%
24-2950%
24+91%

Students applied48,162
Students admitted14,202
Admission rate29%

Students per faculty19

4-year graduation rate48%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$5,742
Fees$3,690
Room and board$13,115
Estimated book expense$1,884
Total cost$24,431

Cost after need-based aid$20,907
Cost after non-need-based aid$22,541

Average debt at graduation$22,413

Out of State

Tuition$17,622
Fees$3,690
Room and board$13,115
Estimated book expense$1,884
Total cost$36,311

Cost after need-based aid$32,787
Cost after non-need-based aid$34,421

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$63,100

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met57%
Average need-based aid$3,524
Average non-need-based aid$1,890

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment20,426

Full-Time

Men10,334
Women9,369

Part-Time

Men487
Women236

Freshmen retained95%

# - 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 (© 2017 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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