Connection to Cal Poly
Cuesta College transfers more students to Cal Poly than any other community college, providing approximately one quarter of Cal Poly’s incoming transfer class each year. Cal Poly’s admission standards have become increasingly selective in recent years, however Cuesta’s acceptance rates have remained significantly higher than the statewide average.
|Term||Cuesta Acceptance Rate||Transfer Average|
|Fall 2021||49% (Preliminary number)||12% (Preliminary number)|
A few reasons explain why Cuesta students do so well in the Cal poly selection process:
- Cuesta students are highly motivated and many are focused on transferring to Cal Poly SLO so they prepare themselves very well.
- Cuesta has more comprehensive course articulation with Cal Poly than most other community colleges, especially in majors such as Architecture and Engineering where students can complete all of the required/desired courses for admission.
- Our counselors are kept up-to-date on the transfer selection process and the Cal Poly admission point system so they advise our students effectively.
Check out the Cal Poly Transfer Selection Criteria. There you’ll find a more detailed picture of what a particular major is looking for in an applicant. Also, visit www.assist.org for course equivalency information from the community colleges to the UCs or CSUs.