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.
  • UC Davis has more expensive tuition & fees ($44,399) than Cal Poly ($28,105).
  • It is harder to admit to Cal Poly than UC Davis.
  • Cal Poly has a higher submitted SAT score (1,315) than UC Davis (1,280).
  • Both Cal Poly and UC Davis have the same submitted ACT scores (29).
  • UC Davis has more students with 39,074 students while Cal Poly has 22,440 students.
  • UC Davis has more full-time faculties with 2,678 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 University of California-Davis.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
Cal PolyUC Davis
Cal Polyvs.UC Davis
San Luis Obispo, CaliforniaLocationDavis, California
four-years, publicSchool Typefour-years, public
Master's degreeHighest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Master's College and University (larger programs)Carnegie ClassificationResearch University (very high research activity)
In-State$10,195
Out-Of-State$28,105
Tuition & Fees
In-State$14,645
Out-Of-State$44,399
53% ($6,996)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)69% ($17,476)
$6,996Average Amount of Financial Aid$17,476
34.61 %Acceptance Rates43.36 %
31.24 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)19.08 %
1,315SAT Score1,280
29ACT Score29
83 %Graduation Rate86 %
2 %Transfer-out Rate-
94 %Retention Rate93 %
22,440Student Population39,074
881Number of Faculties2,678
21 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio20 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 ServicesAcademic/career counseling service, Employment services, Placement services, On-campus daycare

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