Universities in California

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


University Information

Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Founded: 1901
Undergraduate Students: 20 425
Campus Type: Suburban
Institution Type: Public science university
Website: www.calpoly.edu

About the University

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked public university that prides itself on the individual success of its students. Located in San Luis Obispo on California’s sunny Central Coast, Cal Poly gives students an unparalleled college experience as well as industry connections in both the Bay Area and Southern California. Cal Poly is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best values for graduates’ return on investment.

Cal Poly is driven by its core philosophy of Learn by Doing — a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. At Cal Poly, most classes are taught by professors in small classrooms, not packed lecture halls, and from their first moments on campus, most students are challenged to put what they learn into practice in a real-world setting.

With six colleges, the university offers 64 bachelor’s degrees:

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Orfalea College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Mathematics

Excerpt from Cal Polytechnic San Luis Obispo’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

Cal Poly has negotiated a reasonable and comprehensive health insurance policy for international students. The Cal Poly plan is brokered by GEO Blue Insurance

Cost: $149.00 per month

It is strongly recommended that you secure housing soon after being admitted to Cal Poly as an international student since there is limited housing available both on- and off-campus.

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  Housing is very popular and limited so please apply for On Campus Housing early in order to have the best chance of getting your housing preferences secured.  For more information, visit the website.

Cost: $9,654 – $13,395 per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: The University Housing Office maintains off-campus rental information of housing, apartments, mobile homes, and an extensive list of private and shared rooms. If you wish to explore off-campus housing options you can do so by using the off-campus housing list on the Off-Campus Housing web page.

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The average budget per month is: $1,000 – $1,200 

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $7,000.00 per semester or $21,000 for the year.