Record numbers apply to Cal Poly

Correction: An earlier version of this story should have said that 2,220 Latino applicants and 144 black applicants for Cal Poly’s incoming fall class were part of the transfer applicant pool, not the overall applicant pool.

Cal Poly is reporting a record number of applicants this year with more than 55,000 undergraduates seeking admission for this fall — up from nearly 52,000 last year.

The university received 46,796 freshman applications and 8,247 transfer submissions for the fall, compared with 43,812 freshman and 7,884 transfer applications last year.

“We’re one of the five most competitive public universities in the country,” said Jim Maraviglia, Cal Poly’s associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development.

Cal Poly expects to bring in 5,450 new students in fall 2015, both freshmen and transfers.

The number of freshman applicants has nearly doubled since 2005, when 23,691 sought admission.

And transfer applicants have more than doubled from 4,047 in 2005 to this year’s total of 8,247.

Cal Poly enrolled 20,186 students in fall 2014. Of those, 19,246 were undergraduates.

Applicants who were admitted have until May 1 to confirm their acceptance.

The average grade-point average for first-time freshmen who have been offered admission is 4.0, up from 3.72 a decade ago and 3.88 last year.

The average SAT scores for first-time freshmen was 1,333 in 2015 compared with 1,203 in 2005 and 1,234 last year.

Of those applying for fall 2015 admission, 6,500 first-time freshman candidates with 4.0 GPAs either weren’t offered admission or were placed on a waitlist.

Cal Poly, widely recognized as the top academic California State University, has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the best public master’s university in the Western United States for 22 consecutive years.

That U.S. News assessment doesn’t include universities that offer doctorate degrees, such as the University of California system.

But Cal Poly was ranked the 10th best university overall in 15 Western states among 120 public and private institutions.

Latino transfer applicants totaled 2,220 this year, making up 29.4 percent of the Cal Poly transfer applicant pool, increasing from 600 in 2005, when they made up 14.8 percent.

Black transfer applicants rose from 78 in 2005 to 144 this year, making up 1.7 percent of this year’s transfer applicant pool.

In fall 2014, Latino students made up 15 percent of Cal Poly’s student body, and black students made up 0.7 percent.