Basic Facts & Accreditation

College of Engineering Basic Facts

The college is part of California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a nationally-ranked, comprehensive public university. The emphasis of the university is Learn by Doing for its more than 19,000 students.

Dean: Amy S. Fleischer, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Enrollment (Fall 2015): 6,064, 77.4% male, 22.6% female.

Average Freshmen High School GPA:  4.08

Average Freshmen SATs: 633 Reading • 686 Math • ACT 30.0

Freshman Applications: 16,116 Selected: 3,387 (22.9% of applied) 

U.S. News Ranking (2016): Nation’s top state-funded undergraduate engineering program.  

National Rankings (2014): Sixteenth for undergraduate engineering enrollment; 15th in engineering B.S. degrees awarded; 12th in engineering degrees awarded to Hispanics; 14th in engineering degrees award to Asian-Americans: 20th in engineering degrees awarded to women.

Engineering Faculty (Fall 2015): 230

Facilities: More than 80 state-of-the-art laboratories occupying 160,000 square feet.

Degree Programs Offered: 14 bachelor’s and 11 master’s


Information on program enrollment and graduates is available via

PLACEMENT (2013-14 graduates):

Graduates employed or attending graduate school within a year after graduation: 85.6%

Median Starting Salary: $67,000 (undergraduate & graduate degree)

Top Employers of Engineering Graduates (2013-14):

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Applied Medical
  • Boeing
  • Cisco Systems
  • Chritchfield Mechanical
  • Eaton Corporation
  • General Atomics
  • Keysight Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Space Systems/Loral
  • SpaceX
  • St. Jude Medical
  • Tapestry Solutions
  • Tesla Motors

Engineering Student Clubs

More than 50 student clubs provide project, leadership, service and competition opportunities. The Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Civil Engineers and the Cal Poly Institute of Transportation Engineers were the top chapters in the nation in 2015. SWE also won the national Team Tech competition.