California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (also called Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or simply Cal Poly), is a public university located in the city of San Luis Obispo, California. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is one of two polytechnic institutions in the California State University system, and was originally founded in 1901.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is divided into six academic colleges, and offers 147 bachelor's degree programs, 49 master's degree programs, and 7 teaching credential programs. The university's educational philosophy emphasizes "learning by doing", and allows students to combine classroom instruction with hands-on laboratory exercises.

PayScale's 2014 "College ROI Report" ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 33rd in the nation, out of 1,312 colleges and universities. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, according to the same report, has a 20-year net return on investment of $611,700--the highest ROI in the California State University system (with the exception of UC Berkeley). The Daily Beast, in its 2013 "Guide to the Best Colleges" ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at #79 out of almost 2,000 colleges and universities. Additionally, Kiplinger ranked the university 43rd on its list of the 100 best-value public colleges and universities in the nation.

Through its Extended Education division, students at Cal Poly San Luis can take online courses and work online toward earning their degree. Online credit and non-credit courses are available in various fields of study.

Quick Facts
Phone Number: (805) 756-1111
Address: One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, California 93407
Institution Type: Public, 4-year or above
Size: Large ( 17,000+ undergrad, 1,000+ grad )
Award Levels: Batchelor's, Master's
In-State Tuition N/A
Out-of-State Tuition $ 11,232
Online Degrees Offered: NO
Student-to-Faculty Ration: 22 to 1
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