Application Fee
$55
Graduate Application Fee
$55
Acceptance Rate
28%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)
30%
Freshmen Enrollment
4,613
SAT Scores
1,340
ACT Scores
29

2020 Acceptance Rate

A total of 54,072 students have applied and 15,366 students have allowed to admit to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo (Acceptance rate: 28.42%). The yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 30.02 % where 4,613 students have finally enrolled out of 15,366 admitted students.
The acceptance rate of the school is lower (tighter to admit) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as California Baptist University and California Lutheran University, its acceptance rate is lower (difficult to get in) (the average acceptance rate of the schools is 70.70%).
The yield of the school is higher (more admitted-students enrolled) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings, its yield is much lower (admitted, but not enrolled) (average yield is 17.70%).

Admission Statistics Charts

2020 Test Scores Comparison

For the academic year 2019-2020, the average SAT score is 1,340 and the average ACT score is 29 over scores submitted by enrolled first-time students. Compared to similar schools in college rankings, the admission score of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is extremely competitive scores than the schools (average score is 1,127). You can check and compare the SAT and ACT scores by subject with tables and charts.
SAT/ACT Scores Comparison
SAT AverageACT Average
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo1,34029
Similarly Colleges in Rankings1,10622
All U.S. Colleges112368
Public, 4-Years Colleges111267
4-Years Colleges112468
Public, 4-Years Colleges in California116770

SAT/ACT Scores by Subject

SATACT
At California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 3,606 students submitted SAT scores (78% of enrolled students).
The average SAT score is about 1,340 and it is average than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The following table shows the SAT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
SAT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing620700
Mathematics620740
Total1,2401,440
At California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 2,214 students submitted ACT scores (48% of enrolled students).
The average ACT score is about 29 and it is lower than average for Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The next table shows the ACT average scores by subject and 25th/75th percentile.
ACT Scores by Subject
25th percentile75th percentile
Reading2632
English2634
Mathematics2632
Total7898

Admission Requirements

The following table summarizes the admission requirement to apply to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. The school requires 4 items to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and Admission test scores.
Admission Requirements for Applying to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended