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Want to go to Cal Poly? 65,155 potential students applied to attend in 2019

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Cal Poly students will soon move into a new $198 million student housing community. The 12-acre complex consists of seven three- to five-story buildings with 1,475 beds, a parking structure, large open spaces and more.

If you’re waiting to find out if you got in to Cal Poly, reading this won’t make you less anxious.

The San Luis Obispo university received a total of 65,155 applications for fall 2019. That’s slightly fewer than a record 65,507 applications Cal Poly received the previous year when less than a third of applicants were accepted.

It’s only the fourth time in the last 20 years that the number of total applications has declined from one year to the next.

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15, 2018, more than 54,000 first-time freshman and transfer students sought to enroll at Cal Poly for the 2019-2020 academic year. (The deadline was extended from Nov. 30 to accommodate students affected by California wildfires.)

If the previous year is any indication, a large number of high-performing graduating high schoolers will be declined.

In 2018, 55,000 first-time freshman applied and 16,466 were accepted as Cal Poly sought to fill 4,486 available spaces, The Tribune reported then.

The competition was so stiff that year that more than 10,000 aspiring Mustangs who had high-school grade-point averages of 4.0 or higher were turned away.

The average GPA of those selected for the 2018-2019 academic year was an all-time high of 4.13. The average SAT score was 1,407, and the average ACT score was 30.

Cal Poly’s Admissions Office is in the process of selecting applicants before an April 1 deadline, but the selection committee expects to complete the process before that date, according to university spokesman Matt Lazier.

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Monica Vaughan reports on health, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo County, oil and wildlife at The Tribune. She previously covered crime and justice in the Sacramento Valley, is a graduate of the University of Oregon journalism school and is a sixth-generation Californian. Have an idea for a story? Email: mvaughan@thetribunenews.com
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