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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been rated by U.S. News & World Report as the best public regional university in the western United States for the past 12 years. Cal Poly provides hands-on opportunities for students, especially those studying agriculture, biological sciences, architecture and engineering. Students are encouraged to become involved in campus life and community service. More than 300 student clubs and organizations help make that possible.


High Magnitude Economic Impact


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Annual Spending chart






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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s annual impact on the Central Coast region is enormous. Annual spending related to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Central Coast region ($457 million) generates a total impact of almost $772 million on the regional economy. This impact sustains 13,000 jobs in the region, and generates almost $44 million per year in tax revenue. Even greater—more than $1 billion of the earnings by alumni from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are attributable to their CSU degrees.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo improves California’s economy with research, education, and an entrepreneurial spirit. With more than 3,500 students, the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is the fourth largest undergraduate agriculture program in the nation, and has the nation’s largest agribusiness program. The college awards nearly half of all baccalaureate agriculture degrees granted in the state.



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Last Updated: April 27, 2005