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California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Your Combined ACT:
SAT Math + Verbal:
Your Chances at CPSU
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at CPSU
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
17,838
15,789
# Admitted
5,395
5,547
% Admitted
30.2%
35.1%
% Overall
32.5%

Students who got into CPSU:

Tips mention: Interview (0), ACT/SAT (16), Grades (22), Sports/Extracurriculars (5), College Essay (6)
Cal poly is interesting in that you must chooseDec 22 2011Animal Studies
Cal poly is interesting in that you must choose a major on your application. Because of this, you are judged against other students in your major... so a crop science major will not be compared to an electrical engineer.

I would say the most important factor are your grades and test scores. There is a very small short-answer section on the application for extra-curriculars and there is no essay section. So get good grades!
Female

Score high on the SAT's and get good gradesDec 12 2011Civil Engineering
Score high on the SAT's and get good grades. There's no essay, and they don't care that much about extra-curriculars.
SAT: 1910 Male
Get ok gradesSep 04 2011Civil Engineering
Get ok grades. Get rejected by Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB and UCD.
Male
Good SATscoresJun 05 2011Biology
Good SATscores. GPA not much of an issue
Male
I went to a junior college - and knockedApr 22 2011Electrical Engineering
I went to a junior college - and knocked out all of my transferable undergrad general education requirements. This made it very easy to get for two reasons:

1) Pace is much slower (18 weeks vs 10 weeks), so maintaining a 4.0 GPA was easy.
2) Cost: I didn't want to pay university tuition for classes which could be taken for pennies on the dollar elsewhere.

For those who don't care about starting out in the dorms as a freshman, or are having trouble getting in because of the number of applicants, this is a sure bet way to get in - just keep your grades up.
Male

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