California Polytechnic State University, also known as Cal Poly, is one of twenty-three institutions in the California State University system, and one of the two Polytechnic schools. It is a public University with seventy undergraduate degree concentrations, more than twenty-five graduate degrees, and around six teaching certificate programs. Cal Poly is most well-known for their prestigious Architecture, Engineering, and Agriculture Colleges, which are consistently awarded with high national rankings for their degree programs. For eighteen onsecutive years, they were ranked as the number one public Master’s University in the Western U.S. by New’s and World Report’s Best Colleges. The school, which is highly selective in choosing students for enrollment, has approximately 19,325 students. Cal Poly, located in San Luis Obispo, is accredited by the American National Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
CPSU offers distance learning for all of their math courses, and their Orfalea College of Business will begin offering a distance learning graduate degree program, a Master of Science in Business and Technology, designed for executive professionals to pursue further study while still maintaining work related responsibilities. Other degrees undergraduates can pursue are Aerospace Engineering, Anthropology and Geography, Architectural Engineering, Art and Design, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Development, City and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Computer Science, Construction Management, Crop Science, Dairy Science, Earth Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, English, Environmental Horticultural Science, Environmental Management Protection, Food Science, Forestry and Natural Resources,Fruit Science, Graphic Communications, History, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Technology, Journalism, Kinesiology, Landscape Architecture, Liberal Arts, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Music, Nutrition Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation, Parks, Recreation Tourism Administration, Software Engineering, Soil Science, Statistics, Theatre, and Wine and Viticulture. The school does not accept any students who are seeking a second Bachelor’s degree, or anyone who has more than sixty undergraduate credits.
Graduate programs are as follows: Accounting – Taxation, Aerospace Engineering, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Business and Technology, Dual Degrees in Business, City and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Dual Degree, English, Fire Protection Engineering, Forestry Sciences, History, Industrial Engineering, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Polymers and Coatings, Psychology, and Public Policy. The graduate school is a heavy research based program, and they encourage all of their students to do independent work in their areas of study.
Tuition for in-state students is approximately $6,920 per semester, and just under $8,000 for out-of-state students. They have many financial aid and scholarship opportunities such as Scholarships from CPU and the State of California, Grants from the Federal Government and the State of California, Federal Work Study, which allows students access to on-campus jobs, Federal Loans, and Private Loans. The following special program assistance is available: Veteran’s Benefits, Cal-Vet Educational Assistance, Cal Poly’s Cooperative Education Program, ROTC, State Aid for the Disabled, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and HELP, Higher Education Learning Partners.