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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:In mid-September, early January, early April, and late June.
Calendar system:quarter system (four terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in September.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Sciences
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:93%
Student:Faculty ratio:19:1
Total faculty:835 men, 576 women, 1,411 total
Full-time faculty:571 men, 318 women, 889 total
Part-time faculty:264 men, 258 women, 522 total
Faculty degrees:57% PhD, 23% master's degree, 16% bachelor's degree, 3% other
Graduation rate:79% within six years

Required Undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no
Minimum GPA required to graduate:2.00

Programs Offered

Undergraduate studies homepage: admissions.calpoly.edu/prospective/
Graduate studies homepage: grad.calpoly.edu/students/index.html
Special programs offered: double majors, dual degrees, independent study, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, external degree program
Education certifications: bilingual/bicultural
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:no
Domestic off-campus semester-away programs:Sea Semester, National Student Exchange (NSE)
Study abroad opportunities: Study abroad in England and in more than 37 other countries.
Army ROTC:offered on-campus
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Communications
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art Design
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioresource/Agricultural Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • City/Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Dairy Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management/Protection
  • Environmental Soil Science
  • Food Science
  • Forestry/Natural Resources
  • General Engineering
  • Graphic Communications
  • History
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Studies
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreational Parks Tourism Administration
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre/Dance
  • Wine/Viniculture