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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Official telephone: (805) 756-1111

Website: www.calpoly.edu


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Screen last updated on: November 5, 2013

The admissions information below is valid for the 2012-13 academic year.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
ADMISSIONS OFFICE
Admissions officer: James Maraviglia,
Assoc Vice Provost for Marketing & Enrollment Development
Contacting the office: 805 756-2311
805 756-5400 (fax)
admissions@calpoly.edu

FIRST-TIME FRESHMAN APPLICATION PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS
Is there an application deadline for fall? yes
Final filing date for fall: November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: no
Application fee: $55
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? no
Admissions requirements:
Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications as we look for students who have strong academic records, and are active in and outside the classroom.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: required
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements: SAT considered if submitted, ACT recommended, SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference: ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: December 1 for SAT/ACT, December 1 for SAT Subject Test
High school units required or recommended:
Art: 1 required, 2 recommended
English: 4 required, 5 recommended
Foreign language: 2 required, 4 recommended
Math: 3 required, 5 recommended
Science: 2 required, 4 recommended
Social studies: 2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives: 1 required, 2 recommended
Total: 15 required, 24 recommended
Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: EOP
School has formalized early decision program: yes
Early decision application deadline: October 31
Number of early decision applications submitted: 3,591
Number of early decision applications accepted: 1,104 (31%)
School has early action program: no

FIRST-TIME FRESHMAN SELECTION PROCESS
Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.87
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 96%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 50%
Top quarter: 83%
Top half: 98%
Bottom half: 2%
Bottom quarter: 0%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 49%
Average SAT: 596 verbal, 635 math
Average ACT: 27 composite
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 88%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 62%

UNDERGRADUATE NOTIFICATION FOR FALL TERM
Notification of admission: by April1
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

FIRST-TIME FRESHMAN ENROLLMENT
Number of completed applications received: 36,941
Number of applicants offered admission: 11,545 (31%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 3,701 (32%)
School has a waiting list policy: yes
Room deposit amount: $1,125
Admission may be deferred: no

 
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