Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Admissions

Admissions Office

Contact information:
805 756-2311
805 756-5400 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?Yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30​
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:No
Application fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?Yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?No
Is the Common Application form accepted?No
Admissions requirements:Cal Poly comprehensively reviews all applications as we look for students who have strong academic records, and are active in and outside the classroom.
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
Interview is:neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements:SAT considered if submitted, ACT considered if submitted, SAT or ACT required, SAT Subject Test not used
School's test preference:ACT
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:December 1 for SAT/ACT, December 1 for SAT Subject Test
High school units required or recommended:
View the courses required on the San Luis Obispo website​.

Special requirements for admission to specific programs:
  • Portfolio required of art program applicants.
  • Audition required of music program applicants.
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP
School has formalized early decision program:No
School has early action program:No

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Non-academic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: Yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.92
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 96%
Average SAT: 604 verbal, 635 math
Average ACT: 28 composite
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 77%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 69%

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission: by April 1
Acceptance of admission: must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received: 46,820
Number of applicants offered admission: 14,651 (31%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 4,943 (34%)
School has a waiting list policy: No
Room deposit amount:$1,125
Admission may be deferred:No