California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Narrative Description

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1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Tel: (805)756-1111
Admissions: (805)756-2311
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1901. Setting: 6,000-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $17,598 per student. Total enrollment: 17,582. Faculty: 1,182 (726 full-time, 456 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 22,551 applied, 38% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 79% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 15,827 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 812 students, 42% women, 58% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 41 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 1% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 6% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; agriculture; business/marketing. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the California State University System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 11/30, 10/31 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,108 full-time, $225 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3972 full-time, $770 per unit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $8146. College room only: $4583. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 360 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Ski Club, American Marketing Association, Rose Float Club, MECHA, Society of Women Engineers. Major annual events: Homecoming, Fall and Spring Commencement, open house. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Kennedy Library with 763,651 books, 2.1 million microform titles, 5,529 serials, 5,204 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.6 million. 1,880 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

San Luis Obispo, located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The average high winter temperature is in the 60s, and the summer high average is in the 70s. Buses, trains and airlines serve the area. There are 3 hospitals and a student health center. Student housing is available in campus dormitories and college approved housing in the city. Part time work is available in the community. Recreation includes surfing, fishing, clamming, golfing, hunting, boating and swimming. The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded in 1772, named for the Bishop of Toulouse, an Italian saint of the 13th century.

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