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Colleges / California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate33%
Acceptance Rate33%

Cal Poly SLO Academics

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo requires at least 180 units to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

There is no accelarated degree program at Cal Poly SLO, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Cal Poly SLO accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Cal Poly SLO does not offer classes during the summer.

NOTE: Around 87% of students who start college at Cal Poly SLO finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

Cal Poly SLO offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No Note
Accelerated Degree Program X
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted Unknown
Summer Classes Available X
New Student Orientation

Reminder: Cal Poly SLO may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

Which Courses Are Required At Cal Poly SLO?

Cal Poly SLO has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement

Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math true
Science true
Computer No

Reminder: Check with Cal Poly SLO directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at Cal Poly SLO

When choosing a major, Cal Poly SLO students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Cal Poly SLO.

Student Designed Majors

Students must choose one of the majors offered by the college. Self-designed majors are not allowed.

Senior Projects

Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.

Double Majoring at Cal Poly SLO

Cal Poly SLO offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.

Frequently Asked Questions About California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Does Cal Poly SLO Offer Learning Disability Services?

✅ Cal Poly SLO offers services for students with disabilities.

Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Cal Poly SLO Have An Online Program?

✅ Cal Poly SLO has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Cal Poly SLO Give Credit for AP Classes?

✅ Cal Poly SLO offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Cal Poly SLO Have An Honors Program?

✅ Cal Poly SLO offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.

Does Cal Poly SLO Require Internships?

❌ Cal Poly SLO does not require an internship for any students.

Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.

Additional Information About California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Library

The main library on campus is the Robert E. Kennedy Library and there are no other libraries on campus.

Dual Degree Programs at Cal Poly SLO

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.

Cal Poly SLO does not have any dual degree programs available for students.


What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Does Cal Poly SLO have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Cal Poly SLO has an Army ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Cal Poly SLO include:

•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus

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