Profile: California Polytechnic State U, San Luis Obispo

Fast Facts

Location:San Luis Obispo
On Campus:35%
  • Fall 09/14-12/08
  • Winter 01/08-03/23
  • Spring 04/02-06/15

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
1:1 EVEN - Host campus accepts students first from campuses that accept its students.

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
0%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
7%Two or more races

Campus Profile

For more than 100 years, Cal Poly has intentionally combined a theoretical approach to its curriculum with practical, professional, and experiential learning opportunities to offer a "Learn by Doing" education. Students are prepared to be well-rounded professionals and whole-system thinkers, problem-solvers, and leaders who can adapt, evolve, inspire, and succeed. Cal Poly students enjoy one of the largest, most comprehensive university facilities in the U.S., consisting of a 6,000 acre main campus, an oceanographic research facility in nearby Avila Beach, and a 3,000 acre field laboratory north of Santa Cruz, California.

From picture-perfect Mediterranean weather to tasty cuisine, award-winning wines, breathtakingly beautiful hiking and soft sandy beaches- there is something for everyone here in San Luis Obispo!

Campus Location - Cal Poly is in San Luis Obispo, a city of about 45,000 on California's central coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city and university share a neighborly, small-campus, small-town atmosphere.

Helpful Information - 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. Cal Poly ranked "Best in the West" for the 21st consecutive year with U.S. News & World Report.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology Management, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Dairy Science/Management, Fruit Science, Horticulture, Ornamental Horticulture

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Art/Design/Fine Art: Theater Art

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Microbiology

Business: Business Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Graphic Communication, Journalism

Earth Sciences: Earth Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Child Development

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Natural Resources/Science/Management

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Languages

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: City Planning, Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Kinesiology

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Computer Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Music, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology

Technology: Computer Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Closed Programs
Art and design, music, wine and viticulture.

1:1 placements for business administration and economics Majors. Audition or portfolio may be required for admission to music, theater, architecture, and some art classes. Architecture requires a portfolio review soon after the March placement, and fourth year status. Some upper division graphic communication courses are restricted to majors and required permission. Priority will be given to students whose majors are similar to the majors of our outgoing students.

Notable Academic Programs
City Planning
Aerospace Engineering

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 6/13/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $1,125 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $525 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $200 Year Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per quarter.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 001143

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Quarter Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Students must complete their housing contract and pay their first installment payment by May 1st.

Meal Plans Per Quarter

Notes About Meal Plans
NSE students typically live in apartments (Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village) and no meal plan required. There are two dining plan options - 19 Metro Fast Pass and Campus Express. For more information, see the Campus Dining website

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.