Outcomes at Cal Poly

Graduation Rate
82.02%
Transfer-out Rate
2.30%
Retention Rate
94.00%

2020 Graduation Rate

The graduation rate at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is 82.02% last year which is extremely higher (most students completed in-time) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. 3,987 students have completed their degree/certificate programs among 4,861 candidates.
Compared to similar schools in college ranking, its graduation rate is extremely higher (most students completed in-time) where the average graduation rate of the schools is 59.20%.
The transfer-out rate is 2.30% that is much lower (most first-time students continue to attend) compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California. The retention rate (full-time students) is 94% that is average compared to Public, 4-Years Colleges in California.

Graduation Rate and Comparison Chart

Number of Completers and Graduation Rate

The next table summarizes the outcome measures with the number of students at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. 3,987 students have completed and 112 students have transferred out to other institutes. In addition, 64 students still enrolled and 698 students have left the school before completing their studies.
Graduation Rate with number of completers
TotalBachelor's or Equivalent
Total (Candidates)4,8614,861
Completers3,987
(82.02%)
3,987
Transfer-out112
(2.30%)
112
Still Enrolled64
(1.32%)
64
No Longer Enrolled698
(14.36%)
698

Graduation Rate by Completion Time (Bachelor's Degree)

The below table shows the number of completers with graduation rate by completion time. The number in parenthesis denote the graduation rate for the corresponding students. The numbers and rate for the 125% and 150% normal times are not cumulative, but additional completers and graduate rate for that period. For example, 2,459 students have completed in 4 years and additional 1,344 students have completed in the 5th year.
Graduation Rate by Completion Time (4-years Bachelor's degree)
TotalMenWomen
100% normal time (in 4 Years)2,459
(50.59%)
1,027
(40.21%)
1,432
(62.07%)
125% normal time (in 5 Years)1,344
(27.65%)
842
(32.97%)
502
(21.76%)
150% normal time (in 6 Years)184
(3.79%)
115
(4.50%)
69
(2.99%)

Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity

Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity
TotalMenWomen
Total82.02% (3,987/4,861) 77.68% (1,984/2,554) 86.82% (2,003/2,307)
American Indian or Alaska Native60.00% (3/5) 0.00% (0/2) 100.00% (3/3)
Asian83.42% (478/573) 79.38% (231/291) 87.59% (247/282)
Black (Non-Hispanic)60.00% (24/40) 57.69% (15/26) 64.29% (9/14)
Hispanic76.34% (555/727) 70.92% (261/368) 81.89% (294/359)
White84.09% (2,437/2,898) 80.26% (1,224/1,525) 88.35% (1,213/1,373)
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander40.00% (2/5) 40.00% (2/5) - (0/0)
Two or More Race80.79% (286/354) 77.13% (145/188) 84.94% (141/166)
Unknown82.08% (174/212) 75.42% (89/118) 90.43% (85/94)

Number of Completers by Race/Ethnicity

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