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About CAL POLY - San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly is a distinctive learning community for academically motivated students who seek a challenging, hands-on education in order to prepare for professional and personal success in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world.

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About San Luis Obispo, California

The City of San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly's location in San Luis Obispo makes it one of the best places to visit. It's a quintessential coastal California town with some 43,000 residents. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just minutes from beaches, state parks, landmarks and premium wine regions, it's also a popular vacation spot. Sunset Magazine has called it the most Californian place in all of California.

The city of San Luis Obispo offers a historic, restored downtown full of restaurants, theatres, art galleries and shops centered around San Luis Obispo Creek, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission Plaza. San Luis Obispo's Thursday night Farmer's Market on Higuera Street has become a model for cities around the state. It's a mix of fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, restaurant fare and free music all within strolling distance.


What is WASC?

WASC is the acronym for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six regional organizations that the federal government has authorized to accredit institutions of higher learning.

Cal Poly and the WASC Cycle

Cal Poly is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) every ten years. During the accreditation process, Cal Poly completes a self-study process, where we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of our programs—both curricular and co-curricular. The vehicle for doing this is the self-study, which asks us to define an inquiry that can measurably improve student learning, an exercise in collaboration and in thinking that is both critical and creative, to cite our own University Learning Objectives.

Cal Poly submitted its most recent interim report to WASC in March 2015. We begin a new self- study in Fall 2019 and complete the next cycle in Spring 2022.

Graduate Status Report

About the Survey

Career Services conducts an annual survey of the activities of its most recent graduates, which is compiled into the Graduate Status Report (GSR). This includes information on placement (employer, position, salary) and admissions to graduate or professional schools.



  • Best in the West for 23rd Consecutive Year by U.S. News, 2015
  • Nation's Top State-Funded Undergraduate Engineering Program by U.S News, 2016
  • #2 Architecture Program in the U.S. by Design Intelligence, 2016
  • One of The Top Four Colleges of Agriculture by Campus Explorer, 2015
  • #1 in the U.S. for The Aerospace and Defense Industries by Aviation Week & Space Technology, 2015
  • Among Top Business Schools in the Nation, U.S. News, 2015
  • Top School to retain and graduate engineering students by White House, 2012
  • #2 in U.S. with Physics undergraduate programs by American Institute of Physics, 2015



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