California Polytechnic State University Profile

Founded in 1901, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is a top comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California (USA). It is part of the California State University system (CSU) and is the second largest land-holding university in California. The university is a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

The university has the following colleges:
- Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
- Architecture & Environmental Design
- Business
- Engineering
- Liberal Arts
- Science & Mathematics


-  Ranked No. 1 public-master's university in the West for the 17th year in a row by the U.S. News & World Report 2010 America's Best Colleges guidebook.

- The College of Engineering was placed the No. 1 public engineering program in the country among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs - for schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. In addition the industrial/manufacturing program was rated the No. 1 program in the nation; the civil, computer electrical and mechanical engineering programs were each ranked as the top program at a public university; the aerospace program was rated the third best program at a public university (USNWR 2010).

- Named as one of America’s top colleges and universities by Forbes magazine in 2009. It is placed 27th on the list of the country's 100 best public universities.

- The architecture program was ranked No. 3 nationally by the journal DesignIntelligence in 2009.

- The Orfalea College of Business is one of only two public universities in California to rank in Business Week magazine's ranking Top 100 undergraduate business programs in the country.

- No. 3 in the nation in the 2009 'Top 10 Surf Schools' ranking by in 2009.

- Placed among the Top 10 of the “Top 100 Degree Producers 2009” rankings compiled by the magazine “Diverse Issues in Higher Education". The university was ranked highly in the following categories:
  • 4th in granting agriculture degrees to Hispanic students
  • 5th in architecture degrees to students of all minority groups
  • 5th in architecture degrees to Asian American students
  • 5th in architecture degrees to Hispanic students
  • 6th in agriculture degrees to Asian American students
  • 7th in agriculture degrees to students of all minority groups
  • 8th in engineering degrees to Hispanic students
- The graduate program in City and Regional Planning was ranked No. 1 in the "Planetizen" 2009 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, in the US whose highest degree is a Master's.

- 6th best Landscape Architecture Schools by DesignIntelligence 2006.

- 4th in the ranking of top undergraduate architecture school (DesignIntelligence 2008).