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Cal Poly to Implement Out-Of-State Fee to Improve Access for Low-Income and First-Generation California Students

Sep 13, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that it will implement a new fee aimed at increasing access to academically qualified low-income and first-generation undergraduate students in California. The funds will improve the quality of the university’s Learn by Doing education by creating greater access to Cal Poly for a broader range of qualified prospective students, resulting in a more diverse and intercultural on-campus experience for all students. 

The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will be assessed on all newly enrolled out-of-state undergraduate students starting in fall 2019 and will be phased in over four years. All current students will be exempt from the fee. 

The new fee will result in the expansion of the Cal Poly Scholars program and provide financial assistance for high-achieving California students who meet Cal Poly’s rigorous academic admission requirements but can’t afford to attend the university. 

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Sep 10, 2018


Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.

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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings, released this week.
 
Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Cal Poly Research Center Launches Benchmark Survey on Student Health, Safety Issues

Sep 18, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — With Us — The National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly has launched a new student benchmark survey today to help California public universities learn more about critical health and safety issues impacting students.

The National College Student Bystander Benchmark Survey partners with universities in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems to gain a better understanding of student perceptions, experiences and bystander intervention actions around:

From Gang to Mustang: Cal Poly Aerospace Student Shares His Comeback Story

Sep 17, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO – As he prepares for another school year at Cal Poly, aerospace engineering student Jeffrey Aparicio doesn’t have to go far for a reminder of his dark past: All he has to do is look at some of the tattoos on his body.
 
“Every time I look at my gang tattoos, I remember how I’ve come so far,” he said.
 
While Aparicio committed crimes ranging from armed robbery to residential burglary as a member of a Sacramento gang, he has since turned his life around. And today he gives back by inspiring others with his comeback story.

Cal Poly Contributes to National Study that Finds Ways to Reduce Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Sep 14, 2018


Diet and exercise help women with overweight and obesity limit weight gain during pregnancy, national study reports

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly contributed to a large, national study that found lifestyle interventions can help pregnant women with overweight and obesity reduce unhealthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Gaining excessive weight during pregnancy increases the risk of serious delivery and birth complications for mothers and their babies, and these risks are compounded in women with obesity.

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group Named ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist

Sep 14, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition this week with its first Newspaper Pacemaker finalist nomination from the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) 2018 competition.

The Pacemaker Awards, collegiate journalism’s pre-eminent awards, are granted by the Associated Collegiate Press, a national college media association, and have been presented annually since 1927. The Newspaper Pacemaker finalists uphold the highest standards in college student media and are evaluated on journalism content, coverage and design, according to the organization’s website.

Cal Poly Biology Student to Receive CSU Trustees’ Award and $6,000 Scholarship

Sep 10, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly biology junior who plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine has received a 2018 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to one student from each of the CSU system’s 23 campuses. David Denisov, 20, from Citrus Heights, Calif., like his counterparts throughout the state, was selected for superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.

As part of the recognition, he will receive a $6,000 scholarship as one of the state’s William Randolph Hearst Scholars.

Cal Poly Campus Dining to Switch to Compostable Paper Straws

Sep 10, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Campus Dining is making the switch to paper straws beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, taking another step toward the university’s zero waste goal.

The move away from plastic straws to a more recyclable alternative supports Cal Poly’s commitment to sustainability as the university works toward diverting 80 percent of its consumer waste away from landfills by 2020.

Cal Poly Week of Welcome Set for Sept. 16-23

Sep 10, 2018


WOW Kicks-off academic year with educational presentations and activates 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 5,500 freshmen and transfer students are expected to kick off Cal Poly’s 2018-19 academic year by participating in the university’s Week of Welcome — known as WOW — from Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 16-23.

New Cal Poly students will move into campus residence halls Friday through Saturday, Sept. 14-15; continuing students will move in Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 16-19.

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