Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:10,710 men, 9,339 women, 20,049 total
Full-time undergraduates:10,245 men, 9,073 women, 19,318 total
Part-time undergraduates:465 men, 266 women, 731 total
Total graduate students:451 men, 444 women, 895 total
Full-time graduate students:329 men, 335 women, 664 total
Part-time graduate students:122 men, 109 women, 231 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:20
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:14%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 13.4% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 15.6% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 56.7% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 7.2% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.8% Nonresident Alien 
  • 5.2% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.1% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 12.2% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.8% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 15.7% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 57.5% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 6.9% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 1.8% Nonresident Alien 
  • 4.8% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:6,000 acres
City or town school is located in:San Luis Obispo
Population of city/town:46,377
Nearest major city:Los Angeles
Distance of nearest major city:201 miles
Online campus map: maps.calpoly.edu/

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:no
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms
  • single-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • special housing for international students
  • other housing including Shared apartment-style housing and theme housing
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:98%
Percent of students who live in school housing:37%
Percent of students who live off campus:63%
Students required to live on campus:All admitted, first-time freshmen are required to live on campus their first year to ensure everyone receives the benefit of the campus housing experience. Exemptions from the residential requirement will be considered based upon the Freshman On-Campus Living Exemption Policy.
Student conduct policies: class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:no

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students:1800
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus: Art gallery in Dexter Building, Shakespeare Press Museum in Graphic Arts Building.

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services: reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered: nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, health insurance
Counseling services: birth control, personal, academic, psychological
Career placement services: co-op education, internships, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities: note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special transportation, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:partially

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:21
Number of social sororities on campus:14
Student activities: student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, radio station, television station
School newspaper(s):Mustang Daily (daily)
Newspaper homepage: https://mustangnews.net/
Total number of registered organizations:350
Campus-based religious organizations: Numerous religious groups
Minority student organizations: Afro-American Student Union, Black Students in Architecture, Hispanic engineering society, Latinos in Agriculture, MEChA, United Black Student Awareness
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees: concert, jazz, marching, pep, and symphonic bands, orchestra, men's and women's glee clubs, dance, theatre group, musical theatre, dance, chess, debating, community service, departmental, and special-interest groups


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Don Oberhelman,
Director of Athletics
Director of women's athletics:Barbara Martinez,
SWA/Asst. Athletic Dir, Compliance
Athletic department's mailing address:Athletic Department
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Athletics homepage: www.gopoly.com
School colors:Green and Gold
School mascot:Mustangs
Athletic conference memberships:Big West Conference (Division I); Football, Big Sky Conference (FCS Division I-AA); Women's Swimming, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (Division I); Women's Indoor Track & Field, Independent (Division I); Men's Swimming and Wrestling, PAC-12 Conference (Division I)
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. I
Men's basketballyesNCAA Div. I
Men's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. I
Men's footballyesNCAA Div. I-AA
Men's golfyesNCAA Div. 1
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. I
Men's swimmingyesNCAA Div. I
Men's tennisyesNCAA Div. I
Men's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. I
Men's wrestlingyesNCAA Div. I
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. I
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. I
Women's golfyesNCAA Div. I
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. I
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. I
Women's swimmingyesNCAA Div. I
Women's tennisyesNCAA Div. I
Women's track and field (indoor)yesNCAA Div. 1
Women's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. I
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. I
Athletic facilities: Robert A. Mott Athletics Center -Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling
Alex G. Spanos Stadium -Football, Men's and Women's Soccer
Anderson Aquatic Center - Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving
Cal Poly Tack & Field Complex - Men's and Women's Track and Field
Mustang Tennis Complex - Men's and Women's Tennis
Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course - Men's and Women's Cross Country
Baggett Stadium - Baseball
Bob Janssen Field - Softball
Cypress Ridge Golf Course - Men's and Women's Golf

Rec Sports (also using some of the above).
Cal Poly Sports Complex
Cal Poly Recreation Center
Rec Field
"I" Field
Damon Garcia Fields
River Bottom
Dunn Elementary School
Intramural/Recreational sports: LEAGUES
4:4 Basketball Co-Rec
5:5 Basketball Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
4:4 Indoor Soccer Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
6:6 Speed Soccer Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
9:9 Soccer Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
Flag Football Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
SLO Pitch Softball Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
6:6 Volleyball Co-Rec & Women's
Tennis Women's & Men's

Dodgeball Co-Rec
Mark Reuling Volleyball Women's & Men's
3:3 Basketball Women's & Men's
Racquetball Women's & Men's Singles
Ping Pong Women's & Men's
Flag Football Open
Kickball Co-Rec
Bowling Women's & Men's
Whiffleball Open
Poker Open
Wrestling Open
Swim Meet Co-Rec, Women's & Men's
4:4 Sand Volleyball Co-Rec
Golf Women's & Men's
Home Run Derby Women's & Men's
Club sports for men: Badminton
Roller Hockey
Water Polo
Water Ski
Club sports for women: Badminton
Field Hockey
Water Polo
Water Ski

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:Los Angeles (204 miles)
Nearest other airport:San Luis Obispo (6 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:San Luis Obispo (4 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service:San Luis Obispo (4 miles)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

After Graduation

List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Astronaut
  • Rick Sturckow, Astronaut
  • John Madden, Pro-football personality
  • Weird Al Yankovic, Grammy-winning rock parodist
  • Ozzie Smith, Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals shortstop
  • Burt Rutan, Futuristic-aircraft designer
  • George Ramos, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist
  • Bill Swanson, Raytheon chairman & CEO
  • Laura Diaz, CBS 2 Los Angeles co-anchor
  • Monty Roberts, author of "The Man Who Listens to Horses"
  • George P. Foster, owner Foster Farms
  • Steve Beeks, Lions Gate Entertainment
  • Alex Spanos, Humanitarian and owner of the San Diego Chargers
  • Lisa Satriano,Hollywood director
  • Al Montna, owner of Montna Farms & chair of the Farmers Rice Cooperative
  • Ernesto Vasquez, president of MV&P, an international architecture firm
  • Thomas Sabol, structural engineer for the Getty Center
  • Michelle Franzen, NBC News national correspondent
  • Kathleen Holmgren, vice president (retired), Sun Microsystems
  • Loren Roberts, Professional Golfer
  • Chris Gocong, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
  • Stephanie Brown Trafton, Gold Medalist 2008 Beijing Olympics