FAST FACTS
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Location:San Luis Obispo
Setting:Urban
Population:44,948
Enrollment:19,703
On Campus:36%
Language:English
Calendar:Quarter
Approximate:
  • Fall 09/22-12/12
  • Winter 01/05-03/20
  • Spring 03/30-06/12

Tuition & Payments
PLAN A: EVEN
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

PLAN B: EVEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:
$2,973

Estimated Per Quarter
Costs For Room And Meals:
$4,104

Additional Information
Receive From Canada
PLAN B

Campus Diversity
60%Caucasian
1%African American
15%Hispanic
11%Asian American
1%Native American
1%International
11%Other


Campus Links
Home Page
Catalog
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students


NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office


For more than 100 years, Cal Poly has intentionally combined a theoretical approach to its curriculum with practical, professional, and experiential learning opportunities to offer a "Learn by Doing" education. Students are prepared to be well-rounded professionals and whole-system thinkers, problem-solvers, and leaders who can adapt, evolve, inspire, and succeed. Cal Poly students enjoy one of the largest, most comprehensive university facilities in the U.S., consisting of a 6,000 acre main campus, an oceanographic research facility in nearby Avila Beach, and a 3,000 acre field laboratory north of Santa Cruz, California.

From picture-perfect Mediterranean weather to tasty cuisine, award-winning wines, breathtakingly beautiful hiking and soft sandy beaches- there is something for everyone here in San Luis Obispo!

Campus Location - Cal Poly is in San Luis Obispo, a city of about 45,000 on California's central coast, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city and university share a neighborly, small-campus, small-town

Helpful Information - Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world. Cal Poly ranked "Best in the West" for the 21st consecutive year with U.S. News & World Report.

Programs
Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Dairy Science/Management, Fruit Science, Horticulture, Ornamental Horticulture, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Art/Design/Fine Art: Theater Art

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Graphic Communication, Journalism

Earth Sciences: Earth Science

Education: Child Development

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Natural Resources/Science/Management

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Languages

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: City Planning, Geography

Health and Safety Sciences: Kinesiology

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology

Technology: Computer Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Closed Programs
Art and design, business administration, economics, music, wine and viticulture.

Limitations
Audition or portfolio may be required for admission to music, theater, architecture, and some art classes. Architecture requires a portfolio review soon after the March placement, and fourth year status. Some upper division graphic communication courses are restricted to majors and required permission. Priority will be given to students whose majors are similar to the majors of our outgoing students.

Notable Academic Programs
City Planning, Aerospace Engineering

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Conditions
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 3 GPA
  • Seniors are discouraged from applying and all students must have great flexibility with the courses they plan to take. All students must have a declared major at the time of placement. Students who were previously enrolled at Cal Poly are not eligible for exchange.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Fall Only
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Not available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 213 computer or 80 Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Tuition/Fees
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/10/2014.
  • Estimated cost: $2,973.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Plan A: 22
  • Plan B: 22
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter
Figures are current as of 6/10/2014.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $1,125 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $175 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $200 Year Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per quarter.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001143

Plan B
For Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Canada
Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
Room/Meals
  • Figures are current as of 6/10/2014.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • Double: $2,604
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $550
  • Proximity to campus: within one mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Students must complete their housing contract and pay their first installment payment by May 1st.

Meal Plans Per Quarter

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
NSE students typically live in apartments (Cerro Vista or Poly Canyon Village) and no meal plan required. $300 block price for 40 meals & $50 PLU$, $550 block price for 80 meals & $00 PLU$, $750 block price for 120 meals & $100 PLU$



All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.