California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
The Graduate Experience
"Learn by doing" has been part of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
Obispo's philosophy from its earliest days as a vocational high school. Cal Poly San
Luis Obispo has evolved into a nationally ranked comprehensive university, but a
hands-on approach to teaching and learning still remains. The university's graduate
programs may be found in all seven of its colleges: Agriculture, Architecture and
Environmental Design, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science and
Mathematics. Just under 1,000 graduate students in a total student population of 18,500
have selected from 24 master's programs, eight credential programs, and one doctorate
of education, a joint program with UC Santa Barbara. Small classes enhance the emphasis
on active learning methods and include a high proportion of lab and field work. Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo promotes interaction among academia, business, industry, government, and society.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's graduate programs are designed to create a dynamic educational
environment that inspires students to think effectively, take responsible action, and make
a positive impact on society. Some quick facts:
- For the 13th year in a row, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been rated the best
public master's university in the West by U.S. News and World Report.
- Approximately 275 graduate degrees and over 200 credentials are awarded annually.
- Most graduate students (78 percent) attend full time, although the majority of
programs offer part-time studies.
- The university hosts from 300 to 600 different employers each year, depending on
the status of the national economy, through its on-campus recruiting program and job fair events.
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo operates four 11-week quarters per year; many of its
graduate programs offer courses during the summer quarter.
San Luis Obispo Campus
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is located in San Luis Obispo, Calif., a town of 45,000, 230
miles south of San Francisco, 200 miles north of Los Angeles, and 10 miles from the
Pacific Ocean. Cal Poly's total acreage is 9,678, making it one of the largest land-holding
universities in the nation. With the charm of a small town, clean air, low crime rates,
and no major traffic problems, San Luis Obispo is an inviting city that promotes a healthy