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San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Campus Profile

Cal Poly San Luis ObispoCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) is located in Central California and has a campus enrollment of over 20,000 students. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a highly selective, comprehensive polytechnic university, guided by a "Learn by Doing" approach. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has six colleges, with an emphasis on undergraduate programs.
The campus has farm and ranch land, orchards, a 14-acre vineyard, an aero hangar and a state-of-the-art performance arts center and facilities in Architecture, Engineering and Science.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo offers many opportunities to enrich the lives of their students both on and around the campus.

Below are samples of what this campus offers:           To learn more about Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, clicks on the link below.
- Clubs and Organizations                                           - Video: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Overview
- Community Involvement                                            - Video: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Virtual Tour
- Outdoor Adventures
- Sports and Recreation

Getting around: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students can ride the city bus (SLO Transit) at no cost! The rate for the regional or county bus can purchased as a reduced rate for students.

Information for Exchange Students

​Campus Information
  • Academic calendar dates: Click on this link to view the most recent calendar under "Quick Links" or visit the campus website. 
  • Campus-based fees charged to student: Fees for some courses, depending on the course, may be charged (e.g. lab fees). 
    The majority of lecture courses will not require additional fees. Fee amounts and fees charged are subject to change.
  • Campus health insurance charged to student: Estimated cost varies per quarter, and is between $520 per quarter. Cost is subject to change.
  • Housing: Click on this link to view campus housing information.
  • Transportation: Click on this link to view information about transportation. 
Admission Criteria
  • Minimum English proficiency score requirements: Click on this link to view.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) to apply: 2.50 (based on 4.0 scale) or equivalent.

Impacted (Closed) and Restricted (Limited) Subject Areas

Impacted (Closed) Subject Areas which are not available to exchange students: Animal Science (ASCI); Agribusiness (AGB); Art and Design (ART); Education (EDUC); Music (MUS); Computer Science (CSC); Computer Engineering (CPE); Software Engineering (SE); Agricultural Business (AGB); Graduate Business.

Restricted (Limited) Subject Areas where limited places are available and are highly competitive: Aerospace Engineering (AERO); Architecture (ARCH); Business (BUS); Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE); Communication Studies (COMS); Economics (ECON); Graphic Communications (GRC); Journalism (JOUR); Mechanical Engineering (ME); Psychology (PSY); Wine and Viticulture (WVIT).

Impacted and restricted subject areas are subject to change at any time.