California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Forbes Rank #167
Avg. Degree Length 4+ years
Kinesthetic learners, rejoice! California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, or Cal Poly for short, prides itself on its “learn by doing” educational philosophy, combining theoretical knowledge with experiential laboratory work wherever possible. At almost ten thousand acres, its six colleges comprise the second-largest university in California, in terms of physical space. Its 325 clubs and organizations create a vibrant atmosphere, and as more than 98% of Cal Poly’s students are undergraduates, its faculty has more time to provide individual attention than at comparable graduate- and research-driven universities. When not studying, students here can watch (or play in!) a match starring their famously accomplished rugby team (the Mustangs), hang out in the expansive residential living system, or pledge into one of 47 Greek chapters. Who knows where Cal Poly could be heading next? You might find out sooner than later; President Jeffrey D. Armstrong recently spearheaded a revision of the Cal Poly Master Plan, a two-year process of evaluation to determine how best to make this institution even bigger and better!