Cuesta College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Tel: (805)546-3100
Admissions: (805)546-3130
Web Site:


District-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 129-acre rural campus. Research spending 2003-04: $44,374. Educational spending 2003-04: $1550 per student. Total enrollment: 10,771. Students come from 19 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 1% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 33% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. 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, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: essay. Placement: Assessment and Placement Services for Community Colleges recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to district residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4704 full-time, $186 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $826 full-time, $26 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 16 open to all. Most popular organizations: Associated Students of Cuesta College, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Student Nurses Association, Latina Leadership Network, MECHA. Major annual events: Student Life Orientation Days, Jazz Festival, Welcome Open House. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Cuesta College Library with 64,814 books, 584 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $975,000. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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