California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

Cal Poly says that its General Education Program "promotes an understanding and appreciation of the foundational disciplines that ground all intellectual inquiry. It enriches the specialized knowledge acquired in a major program with an understanding of its scientific, humanistic, artistic, and technological contexts. The program imparts knowledge and transferable skills, fosters critical thinking and ethical decision making, supports integrative learning, and prepares students for civic engagement and leadership." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:18,739
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:29%
  • Tuition & Fees (In State):$8,724 annually
  • Tuition & Fees (Out of State):$19,884 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature

  • 3. Foreign Language

  • 4. U.S. Government or History


    See Note

    No credit given for U.S. Government or History because "The American Experience" section of the "Society and the Individual" requirement may be satisfied by courses that are not U.S. history or government surveys.

  • 5. Economics

  • 6. Mathematics

  • 7. Science

  • General Education Assessment

    California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo uses one or more of the following instruments to assess undergraduate progress in core collegiate skills: the Council on Aid to Education Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, or the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). For more information, visit

Curriculum last evaluated: 10/23/2013


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