Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo California. The emphasis of the University is a "learn by doing" educational experience for its more than 18,000+ students. Many students seek admission to Cal Poly not only because of its excellent academic reputation, but also because the 6,000-acre main campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, just minutes from California's Central Coast beaches.
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California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-111

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The California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has been nationally recognized by US News & World Report 's America's Best Colleges 2010 as the best public master's university in the western United States and the sixth best overall university in the west that provides, "a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs."

Major areas of study include engineering, architecture and environmental design, business, science and mathematics, liberal arts, as well as agriculture, food and environmental sciences—the schools of which are all highly respected, providing students the education they need to garner impressive salaries and rewarding service in their career paths of choice.

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About Cuesta College

Cuesta College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent education programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. Cuesta College offers classes at the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande.


Cuesta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education. Last granted a six-year accreditation in 2014, this page has all of the documents pertaining to the ongoing accreditation process.


On April 16, 1963, San Luis Obispo County voters approved the formation of a countywide junior college district. In 1964, Cuesta College opened its doors to students in old army barracks. Much has occurred over its more than 50-year history. Read all about it here.

Fast Facts

How many degree programs does Cuesta have? How many faculty and staff are employed at Cuesta? Details on all this and more can be found here under Fast Facts.

Campus Life

Did you know Cuesta has dozens of student clubs, in areas like nutrition, rodeo and culture? Or that social events are planned on campus throughout the year? The Student Life and Leadership Department is here to offer interactive and inclusive opportunities for all students, and help you adjust to student-life while having fun.


Looking for a place to rent? We can help! Our online housing resource is designed to help Cuesta College students find housing in the area.

Cal Poly

Did you know that Cuesta transfers more students to Cal Poly SLO than any other college? Check out our acceptance rate (nearly 40%!) and find out what it takes to get in.

Visit Cuesta

Cuesta College offers free campus tours all year long. We can show you around, provide campus maps and general college information.

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The original junior/community college in San Luis Obispo County was initiated as a postgraduate division of San Luis Obispo High School in 1916 and remained in operation until the United States entered into World War I. In 1936, the San Luis Obispo High School District again formed a junior college, which remained in operation until June 1959.

On April 16, 1963, San Luis Obispo County voters approved the formation of a countywide junior college district, serving seven public high school districts. The newly-formed San Luis Obispo County Junior College District served the Arroyo Grande Union High School District, Atascadero Union High School District, Coast Joint Union High School District, Paso Robles Joint Union High School District, San Luis Obispo Union High School District, Shandon Joint Union School District and Templeton Union High School District.

During the 1964-65 college year, the San Luis Obispo County Junior College District offered a limited evening division program with 463 students registering for the fall semester and 696 enrolling for the spring semester. Temporary quarters were established at Camp San Luis Obispo, a California National Guard facility located halfway between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. Classes and offices were situated in refurbished barracks, recreation rooms, and mess halls.

Despite the District's modest beginnings, 917 day students and 991 evening students were enrolled in classes by the fall of 1965. Evening division classes also were conducted at three other locations in the county - Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, and Paso Robles. On October 4, 1965, the Board of Trustees of the San Luis Obispo County Junior College District named the new college “Cuesta College.” In 1971, the “junior” college district was renamed to “community college.”

In 1970, ground was broken for the college's first permanent buildings, located on the 150-acre campus west of Camp San Luis Obispo. During the following 40 years, classroom buildings, a library, observatory, student center, art and music lab building, art gallery, high tech learning center, children's center, performing arts center, and office spaces were constructed on the San Luis Obispo Campus. Today, approximately 6,944 students are served on the San Luis Obispo Campus.

In the fall of 1998, the District opened the North County Campus on a 105-acre site in Paso Robles. The campus, built almost exclusively with private gift support, has grown from 1,200 students the first semester to 2,561 students in fall 2015. In the summer of 2005, the first permanent building opened to students: The Fox Family Building. This building houses Allied Health, Math, and Science. The college broke ground for a second permanent building in spring 2010: The North County Campus Learning Resource Center. The Learning Resource Center was completed in fall 2011 and began serving students in spring 2012. The building was named in honor of donors Dale and Mary Schwartz and dedicated on May 24, 2012.

The South County Center is an off-campus evening instructional site at Arroyo Grande High School, provided in cooperation with the Lucia Mar Unified School District. During the fall 2015 semester, 680 students were served at this site. In the spring of 2016, the college brought back its free Emeritus College non-credit courses for adults. Last offered more than seven years ago, Cuesta College's emeritus courses provide a free source for lifelong learning, vocational education, and cultural development for adult community members.

In 2013, Cuesta College rolled out the Cuesta College Promise, a scholarship that today provides all newly graduated San Luis Obispo County high school students a fee-free first year (consecutive fall and spring semesters). On average, approximately 650 students per year receive the Promise Scholarship, which was the result of a nearly $8 million private donation endowed by the Cuesta College Foundation.

On November 4, 2014, the voters of San Luis Obispo County passed Measure L, a $275 million general obligation bond to improve Cuesta College. With 62 percent voter approval, Measure L addresses longstanding facility, infrastructure and technology needs. The first two bond-funded buildings will break ground in spring 2016 and are scheduled to open in fall 2017; the San Luis Obispo Campus Instructional Building and the North County Campus Center.

Today, Cuesta College serves more than 10,000 students at all college locations and via distance education. The college is a center for community use by individuals, families, and community groups on an extended-day and year-round basis.

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