California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,472

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$18,530

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.51%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

29.5%

48,162 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

21,306

95.5% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

79.7%

2,758 Graduates

About

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a higher education institution located in San Luis Obispo County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were General Business Administration & Management (462 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (300 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (227 degrees).

In 2016, 4,996 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. 45.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 54.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,989 degrees), 4.09 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (731 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,530.

In 2016, 53% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,472

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was $5,472. The cost of tuition at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is $-14,688 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$18,530

2016 Value

1.6%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,530. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo grew by 1.6%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,009

Room and Board

$1,812

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was of $12,009 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,812. The cost of room and board increased by 4.9% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.03% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

53%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

33%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

53% of undergraduate students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 3.64% with respect to 2015, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (in red) with that of other similar universities.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other expenses.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.51%

2015 Default Rate

45

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 1.51%, which represents 45 out of the 2989 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received 48,162 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 2.87% annual growth. Out of those 48,162 applicants, 14,202 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 29.5% acceptance rate.

There were 21,306 students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2016, and 71% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an overall enrollment yield of 30.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

29.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

14,202

Accepted Out of 48,162

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 29.5% (14,202 admissions from 48,162 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 31.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 2.87%, while admissions declined by -3.06%.

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SAT Scores

71%

Submission Percentage

3,091

Scores Submitted

71% of enrolled first-time students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has a total enrollment of 21,306 students. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 20,340 students and the part-time enrollment is 966. This means that 95.5% of students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.4% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 12.3% Asian, 7.08% Two or More Races, 0.713% Black or African American, 0.145% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.145% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (29.3%), followed by White Female (26.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (8.26%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (32.2%), followed by White Male (25.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

95.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,306 students. The full-time enrollment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 20,340 and the part-time enrollment is 966. This means that 95.5% of students enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

95%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was 95%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    12,018

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,407

  3. Asian

    2,631

The enrolled student population at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 56.4% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 12.3% Asian, 7.08% Two or More Races, 0.713% Black or African American, 0.145% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.145% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,039 students (4.88%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 426 fewer women than men received degrees from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. The majority of degree recipients at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are white (2,989 degrees awarded). There were 4.09 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (731 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is General Business Administration & Management (462 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (300 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (227 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (601 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (256 degrees), and Engineering (1,412 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Miscellaneous managers (431,720 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (342,460 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (300,191 people), Civil engineers (233,245 people), and Mechanical engineers (152,129 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (601 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (256 degrees), Engineering (1,412 degrees), Communication Technologies (81 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Chief executives & legislators, and General & operations managers

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (601 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (256 degrees), Engineering (1,412 degrees), Communication Technologies (81 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Architectural, engineering & related services (532,583 people), Computer Systems Design (382,491 people), Construction (282,871 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (200,872 people), and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. (140,573 people).

The most specialized majors at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Agriculture (601 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (256 degrees), Engineering (1,412 degrees), Communication Technologies (81 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (96 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Most Common

  1. 462 degrees awarded

  2. 300 degrees awarded

  3. 227 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was General Business Administration & Management with 462 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of degree recipients from bachelors degree programs at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo according to their major.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,711

  2. 2,285

In 2016, 2,711 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, which is 1.19 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,285).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 264 degrees were awarded to men at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.16 times more than the 228 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 228 degrees were awarded to women at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.864 times less than the 264 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

36%

100% Completion Time

75%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 36% of students graduating from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 75% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 77% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Masters Colleges and Universities Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.79% of graduates (132 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,989 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    731 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    532 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white (2,989 degrees awarded). There were 4.09 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (731 degrees).

5.54% of degree recipients (277 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,607 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,382 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    366 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is white male (1,607 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,382 degrees).

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Operations

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at nearly $199M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.4M (0.703%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total expenditure of $411M. Of that $411M, they spent $173M on salaries and $411M on benefits.

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo employs 292 Professors, 197 Lecturers, and 177 Assistant professors. Most academics at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are Male Professors (222), Male Lecturers(119), and Male Associate professors (103).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo are: Business and Financial Operations, with 252 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 229 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 221 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$199M

2015 Endowment

4.23%

decline from 2014

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo has an endowment valued at about $199M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo declined 4.23% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $170M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

This line chart shows how the endowment at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (in red) compares to that of some similar universities.

The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$173M

Salary Expenditure

$411M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo had a total expenditure of $411M. Of that $411M, they spent $173M on salaries and $411M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$173M

2015 Salaries

9.04%

growth from 2014

In 2015, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a median of $173M in salaries, which represents 42% of their overall expenditure ($411M) and a 9.04% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.41% growth from 2013 and a 0.0795% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$68M

Instructional Salaries

823

Number of Employees

In 2015, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo paid a total of $68M to 823 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

292 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

252 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Professor with 292 employees; Lecturer with 197 employees; and Lecturer with 177 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo were Business and Financial Operations with 252 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 229 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 221 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Lecturer

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo was Male Professor with 222 employees, Male Lecturer with 119 employees, and Male Associate professor with 103 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

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