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Cal Poly has lowest acceptance rate in at least 10 years for first-time freshmen

Posted at 3:14 PM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 21:40:11-04

Cal Poly accepted 1,000 fewer students this year, dropping its acceptance rate from last year by two percent.

At 28.2 percent, this is the lowest acceptance rate for incoming freshmen at the university in at least 10 years.

More than 54,000 first-time freshmen applied for the 2019-2020 academic year. More than 15,000 of those applicants were selected.

Almost 5,000 first-time freshmen were admitted and about 900 transfer students have enrolled for the Fall.

Of the first-time freshman enrolled, 49.3% are men and 50.6% are women. Non-binary students make-up fewer than 0.01% of first-time freshmen enrolled.

20.3% of enrolled freshman are considered under-represented minority students.

Terrance Harris, the Director of Admissions and Operations, said this data is preliminary and should be treated as such.

“Historically, the overall number of students who have confirmed will decrease by anywhere from 3-10%. The data for the previous years is static and based on the census data,” he wrote in an email to KSBY. “The numbers will definitely change and cannot be considered final until census data later this fall.”