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.
  • Cal Poly has a higher submitted SAT score (1,315) than CSUN (1,005).
  • Cal Poly has higher submitted ACT score (29) than CSUN (19).
  • CSUN has more students with 40,381 students while Cal Poly has 22,440 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.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
Cal PolyCSUN
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
53% ($6,996)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)75% ($9,442)
$6,996Average Amount of Financial Aid$9,442
34.61 %Acceptance Rates57.65 %
31.24 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)30.06 %
1,315SAT Score1,005
29ACT Score19
83 %Graduation Rate55 %
2 %Transfer-out Rate6 %
94 %Retention Rate83 %
22,440Student Population40,381
881Number of Faculties906
21 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio28 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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