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California Polytechnic State University - 2016

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Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

We utilize a comprehensive review that has been developed by our faculty that combines the academic variables deemed important and relevant to our curriculum, and other non-cognitive variables that have been guided under the auspices of Title 5, trustee policy, federal, state laws and the campus to screen, score and select students for admissions.

New student admission is then determined by the number of predicted openings by level and by major, and these vary from year to year. With over 55,000 annual applicants and less than 5000 spaces, this requires us to tactically manage our enrollment down to the major and program level.

The info brief titled "Fall 2015 Fact Book" located at http://ir.calpoly.edu/content/publications_reports/factbook/index provides the published criteria on admissions.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

We utilize a comprehensive review that has been developed by our faculty that combines the academic variables deemed important and relevant to our curriculum, and other non-cognitive variables that have been guided under the auspices of Title 5, trustee policy, federal, state laws and the campus to screen, score and select students for admissions.

New student admission is then determined by the number of predicted openings by level and by major, and these vary from year to year. With over 55,000 annual applicants and less than 5000 spaces, this requires us to tactically manage our enrollment down to the major and program level.

The info brief titled "Fall 2015 Fact Book" located at http://ir.calpoly.edu/content/publications_reports/factbook/index provides the published criteria on admissions.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

All undergraduate applicants, regardless of citizenship whose native language is other than English must present a minimum score of 550 (paper version) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL) , 80 (internet based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 for undergraduates or a minimum score of 6.0 for admission to a graduate programs. These are minimum CSU requirements, which may be exceeded in Cal Poly's selective admission process. Applicants should take the TOEFL at least six months prior to the term of application to ensure the test scores are received in time for full consideration in the selection process. International students are only allowed to apply for Fall Term. Application Filing Period: October 1 - November 30. File Completion Deadline: March 1 for undergraduates. Application Filing Period: Application deadline is the same as the program deadline or April 1st, whichever date is earlier. File Completion Deadline: File completion deadline is the same as the program deadline or May 1st, whichever date is earlier.

Applications should be submitted online through www.CSUMentor.edu. Cal Poly does not accept applications for second bachelor's degrees. For more information on international student admissions, please see https://admissions.calpoly.edu/international.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Generally, establishing California residence for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

The general rule is that a student must have been a California resident for at least one year immediately preceding the residence determination date in order to qualify as a 'resident student' for tuition purposes. A residence determination date is set for each academic term and are as follows: Fall - September 20, Winter - January 5, Spring - April 1, Summer - July 1. Non-resident students pay fees PLUS $248 per unit non-resident tuition.

You can find more information at https://admissions.calpoly.edu/resinfo.html.

Residency Requirements

Generally, establishing California residence for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

The general rule is that a student must have been a California resident for at least one year immediately preceding the residence determination date in order to qualify as a 'resident student' for tuition purposes. A residence determination date is set for each academic term and are as follows: Fall - September 20, Winter - January 5, Spring - April 1, Summer - July 1. Non-resident students pay fees PLUS $248 per unit non-resident tuition.

You can find more information at https://admissions.calpoly.edu/resinfo.html.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants may only apply through the "regular decision" option during the application filing period of October 1st to November 30th.
When an upper-division transfer application is reviewed, the following are considered: The applicant's intended program of study, completion of CSU and Cal Poly program required coursework with a grade of C or better, completion of General Education and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), academic performance in the applicant's classes (GPA), and the applicant's extracurricular activities and work experience.
Cal Poly will accept applications for admission consideration from junior transfer applicants who will have 60 or more transferable semester units (90 quarter units) by the time of transfer.

General Requirements:
1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree;
2) be in good standing at the last college or university attended;
3) have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
4) satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate.

See this website for more information: http://admissions.calpoly.edu/applicants/transfer/.