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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 Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Cal Poly SLO, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the application fee is $70.

Students who apply to Cal Poly SLO for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Cal Poly SLO Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Cal Poly SLO's admissions stats.

Cal Poly SLO 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 49%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes November 30 April 1

Applying Early to Cal Poly SLO?

Cal Poly SLO does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Admissions

Transferring to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Cal Poly SLO

Cal Poly SLO has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Cal Poly SLO?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Cal Poly SLO

Curious about the factors that are considered by Cal Poly SLO during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
First Generation Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Cal Poly SLO for more information on admission factors.

Cal Poly SLO 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Cal Poly SLO, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Cal Poly SLO's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cal Poly SLO?

Students admitted to Cal Poly SLO have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34.36% submitted a class rank. At Cal Poly SLO 49% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 82% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 59.41%
3.75 and 3.99 24.96%
3.50 and 3.74 11.74%
3.25 and 3.49 3.12%
3.00 and 3.24 0.6%
2.50 and 2.9 0.13%
2.00 and 2.49 0.04%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Cal Poly SLO directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Cal Poly SLO does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Cal Poly SLO is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Cal Poly SLO.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Applicants should hear back by April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Cal Poly SLO during the following terms:

• Fall Term

Cal Poly SLO Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cal Poly SLO?

❌ Students who are admitted to Cal Poly SLO must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Cal Poly SLO accept transfer credits?

✅ Cal Poly SLO accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Cal Poly SLO accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to Cal Poly SLO?

✅ Cal Poly SLO is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is Cal Poly SLO's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Cal Poly SLO is 33%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Cal Poly SLO?

❌ Cal Poly SLO does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Cal Poly SLO?

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Cal Poly SLO Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Cal Poly SLO? Cal Poly SLO is a somewhat selective institution. The Cal Poly SLO acceptance rate is 33%. This means that the institution accepts 32 out of every 100 applicants.


Cal Poly SLO Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cal Poly SLO is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cal Poly SLO is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cal Poly SLO SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Cal Poly SLO GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cal Poly SLO, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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