The next list compares two colleges briefly in important perspectives. You can compare two colleges with comprehensive information on the full comparison page.
  • Both are four-years, public schools.
  • Cal Poly has more expensive tuition & fees ($28,105) than CSUN ($18,923).
  • It is harder to admit to Cal Poly than CSUN.
  • CSUN has more students with 40,108 students while Cal Poly has 22,231 students.
  • CSUN has more full-time faculties with 906 faculties while Cal Poly has 881 full-time faculties.
The following table compares the two rival schools - California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and California State University-Northridge.
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Cal Polyvs.CSUN
San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaLocationNorthridge, California
four-years, publicSchool Typefour-years, public
Master's degreeHighest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - professional practice
Master's College and University (larger programs)Carnegie ClassificationMaster's College and University (larger programs)
In-State$10,195
Out-Of-State$28,105
Tuition & Fees
In-State$7,043
Out-Of-State$18,923
52% ($6,821)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)75% ($9,663)
$6,821Average Amount of Financial Aid$9,663
34.61 %Acceptance Rates57.65 %
31.24 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)30.06 %
-SAT Score-
-ACT Score-
85 %Graduation Rate54 %
1 %Transfer-out Rate6 %
95 %Retention Rate82 %
22,231Student Population40,108
881Number of Faculties906
21 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio26 to 1
Distance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher CertificationSpecial Learning OpportunitiesDistance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher Certification
Remedial Service, Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycareOn Campus Student ServicesRemedial Service, Academic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycare

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