2021 Student Population

A total of 22,440 students have enrolled at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo - 21,456 undergraduate and 984 graduate.
By gender, 11,442 male and 10,998 female students are attending the school. By attendance status, there are 20,923 full-time students and 1,517 part-time students.
The number of students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is relatively large compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. Compared to similar schools in rankings such as California Baptist University and California Lutheran University, its population is large (average population is 17,971).
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo offers online degree/certificate programs and 18,546 students enrolled in online programs.

Enrollment Chart

Enrollment by Gender/Attending Status

By gender, there are 11,442 male and 10,998 female students attending the school. The male-to-female ratio is 1.04 to 1 and the ratio is extremely higher (less women students at the school) (the average male-to-female ratio over all U.S. colleges is 0.75 to 1).
The following table and chart show the student population by gender and attending status.

Gender Distribution Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Gender/Attending Status at
TotalFull-timePart-time
Total21,45620,1981,258
Men10,93110,142789
Women10,52510,056469
Population by Gender/Attending Status at
TotalFull-timePart-time
Total984725259
Men511362149
Women473363110

Gedner Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

By race/ethnicity, there are 12,093 White students (53.89%) and 4,097 Hispanic students (18.26%) at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo(top 2 most races/ethnicities). The following table summarizes the population diversity by race at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Race/Ethnicity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
TotalMenWomen
American Indian or Alaska Native271116
Asian2,8821,4661,416
Black or African American16410658
Hispanic3,9452,0181,927
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander483315
White11,5105,8005,710
Two or More Races1,654825829
Race/Ethnicity Unknown777414363
Total 21,45610,93110,525
Population by Race/Ethnicity at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
TotalMenWomen
American Indian or Alaska Native000
Asian1036340
Black or African American945
Hispanic1526983
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander000
White583292291
Two or More Races572928
Race/Ethnicity Unknown452718
Total 984511473

Race/Ethnicity Distribution Chart

Enrollment by Student Age

By age, there are 21,419 students whose age under twenty five and 362 students whose age is over thirty years old at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Especially, 262 students are younger than eighteen and 2 students are older than sixty five.
The following table and chart show the student population by student age at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Enrollment by Student Age Table

UndergraduateGraduate
Population by Student Age at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
TotalMenWomen
Total21,456 10,93110,525
Under 18262 103159
18-198,712 4,2374,475
20-219,076 4,4324,644
22-242,728 1,7121,016
25-29461 303158
30-34135 9540
35-3940 2218
40-4932 2111
50-649 54
65 and over1 10
Total 21,456 10,93110,525
Population by Student Age at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
TotalMenWomen
Total984 511473
20-2152 2329
22-24589 320269
25-29198 10296
30-3469 3039
35-3931 1318
40-4922 1210
50-6422 1111
65 and over1 01
Total 984 511473

Student Age Distribution Chart

Online Student Population

At California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 22,344 students (99.57% of total enrollment) take online classes to get their degrees. Among them, 18,546 students enrolled exclusively in online classes (i.e. no off-line attendance required) and others are taking online courses with off-line courses. The following tables describe the number of students who enrolled in one or more online courses.
By location of enrolled students, 15,449 students live in California where California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is located in and 2,821 students have enrolled from other states.

Online Enrollment Table

Enrollment TypeStudent Location
Online Student Population
TotalUndergraduateGraduate
Total22,44021,456984
Enrolled Exclusively in Online Classes18,54618,010536
Enrolled Some in Online Classes3,7983,403395
Not Enrolled in Online Classes964353
Online Student Population by Student Location
TotalUndergraduateGraduate
Total (Enrolled Excl.)18,54618,010536
California Residents15,44914,996453
Other State in U.S.2,8212,75170
Outside of U.S.27626313
Unknown000

Online Enrollment Chart