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 Riverside has more expensive tuition & fees ($43,508) than Cal Poly ($28,105).
  • It is harder to admit to Cal Poly than UC Riverside.
  • Cal Poly has a higher submitted SAT score (1,180) than UC Riverside (1,180).
  • Cal Poly has higher submitted ACT score (27) than UC Riverside (27).
  • UC Riverside has more students with 26,434 students while Cal Poly has 22,440 students.
  • UC Riverside has more full-time faculties with 1,051 faculties while Cal Poly has 881 full-time faculties.
The following table compares the two rival schools - University of California-Riverside and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Which school is more in your mind and would you like to go to?
UC RiversideCal Poly
UC Riversidevs.Cal Poly
Riverside, CaliforniaLocationSan Luis Obispo, California
four-years, publicSchool Typefour-years, public
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practiceHighest Degree OfferedMaster's degree
Research University (very high research activity)Carnegie ClassificationMaster's College and University (larger programs)
In-State$13,754
Out-Of-State$43,508
Tuition & Fees
In-State$10,195
Out-Of-State$28,105
91% ($16,159)% Receiving Financial Aid (Avg. amount)53% ($6,996)
$16,159Average Amount of Financial Aid$6,996
57.23 %Acceptance Rates34.61 %
18.39 %Yield (Enrollment Rates)31.24 %
1,180SAT Score1,315
27ACT Score29
77 %Graduation Rate83 %
14 %Transfer-out Rate2 %
91 %Retention Rate94 %
26,434Student Population22,440
1,051Number of Faculties881
22 to 1Student to Faculty Ratio21 to 1
Distance Learning (Online Classes), Study Abroad, Teacher CertificationSpecial Learning OpportunitiesDistance Learning (Online Classes), ROTC, Study Abroad, Teacher Certification
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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