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Student Achievement Measures

Educational objectives are widely recognized throughout the institution, are consistent with stated purposes, and are demonstrably achieved. The institution regularly generates, evaluates, and makes public data about student achievement, including measures of retention and graduation, and evidence of student learningWASC Senior College and University Commission, 2013 Handbook of Accreditation

Cal Poly is proud of its Learn by Doing reputation and of the large numbers of Cal Poly students who graduate in a timely fashion. Yet the university understands the need to provide information about students and evidence of their accomplishments to stakeholders, both internal and external. This series of webpages addresses that need, hopefully in a manner that is both accessible and informative. Questions about these pages can be directed to

Student Profile

View the average high school GPA for entering students and selected characteristics of continuing students — average unit load, number of undergraduates, as well as percentages of women, Pell Grant recipients, and underrepresented minority students.

Student Success

View one-year persistence rates as well as four- and six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen; two- and four-year graduation rates for transfer students; and graduation achievement gaps for Pell Grant recipients and under-represented minority students.

High Impact Practices

View results from the National Survey of Student Engagement. Learn about Cal Poly’s implementation of high-impact practices, such as study abroad, internships, and the capstone experience or senior project.

Student Learning and Satisfaction

View results from the Collegiate Learning Assessment and the National Survey of Student Engagement. Learn about Cal Poly’s efforts to assess student acquisition of core competencies — writing, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, oral communication, and information literacy.


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