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.
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|
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||––||––||––|
|Regular Decision||Yes||November 30||April 1|
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.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Cal Poly SLO has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
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.
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.
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
Make sure to check with Cal Poly SLO for more information on admission factors.
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||√|
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%.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
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