California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, also known as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, public university located in San Luis Obispo, a suburban city halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. Cal Poly is known for its “learn by doing” educational philosophy that encourages students to solve real-world problems by combining classroom theory with experiential laboratory exercise.
Owning 9,678 acres, Cal Poly SLO is the largest land-holding public university in California. Part of the Cal Poly property is the Swanton Pacific Ranch, a 3,200-acre ranch located in Santa Cruz County, California. The ranch provides educational and research opportunities, encompasses rangeland, livestock, and forestry operations for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental sciences, and fosters Cal Poly’s teaching philosophy of “Learn by Doing” with emphasis on sustainable management of agricultural practices.
The university currently offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in six colleges:
Cal Poly has over 300 student clubs to get involved with, including, among many others: Chinese Cultural Club, Math Club, Muslim Student Association, Alliance of Happy Atheists, Kappa Mu Epsilon, GLO, Epic, and CPARC.
Cal Poly SLO fields 20 varsity sports (10 each for men and women) and participates in the NCAA‘s Division I. It also offers a large variety of club sports for students looking to get involved on campus.
San Luis Obispo is located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Founded in 1772 by Spanish Franciscan Junípero Serra, San Luis Obispo is one of California’s oldest communities. The city, locally referred to as San Luis or SLO, has a population of around 46,000 people.
Downtown San Luis Obispo is centered around the carefully restored Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The downtown area also has many eclectic shops and boutiques. New downtown shopping centers have been added in recent years like the Court Street Center and Downtown Center. One of the primary draws of this area for students, visitors, and residents alike is the plethora of outdoor sports such as hiking, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, skimboarding, diving, sailing, and kite boarding.
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