Statement of Accreditation Status
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 15, 2012
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Bruno Giberti Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning bgiberti [at]
Board of Directors Chair Lillian Kimbell Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CSU trusteesecretariat [at]
Chief Academic Officer Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs cp-provost [at]
Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Armstrong President jarmstro [at]
Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Villa Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance cvvilla [at]
Director Institutional Research Mauricio Saavedra Capelo Executive Director of Institutional Research msaavedr [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Accounting Masters 2007 On-Site
Administrative Services Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Aerospace Engineering Bachelors 1940 On-Site
Aerospace Engineering Masters 1988 On-Site
Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Agricultural Business Bachelors 1959 On-Site
Agricultural Communication Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Agricultural Education Masters 2010 On-Site
Agricultural Science Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Agricultural Systems Management Bachelors 1994 On-Site
Agriculture Masters 1968 On-Site
Agriculture Specialist Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Animal Science Bachelors 1947 On-Site
Anthropology and Geography Bachelors 2009 On-Site
Architectural Engineering Masters 2017 On-Site
Architectural Engineering Bachelors 1947 On-Site
Architecture Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Architecture Masters 1972 On-Site
Art and Design Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Bilingual Authorization Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Biochemistry Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Biological Sciences Bachelors 1948 On-Site
Biological Sciences MS Masters 1967 On-Site
Biomedical Engineering Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Biomedical Engineering Masters 2008 On-Site
Biomedical Engineering Masters 2008 Distance Education
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Bachelors 1955 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Business Administration Masters 1970 On-Site
Business Analytics Non-degree 2016 On-Site
Business Analytics Masters 2016 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Child Development Bachelors 1966 On-Site
City and Regional Planning Bachelors 1968 On-Site
City and Regional Planning Masters 1975 On-Site
Civil and Environmental Engineering Masters 1988 On-Site
Civil Engineering Bachelors 1977 On-Site
Communication Studies Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Comparative Ethnic Studies Bachelors 2006 On-Site
Computer Engineering Bachelors 1987 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Computer Science Masters 1973 On-Site
Construction Management Bachelors 1977 On-Site
Curriculum and Instruction Masters 2018 On-Site
Dairy Science Bachelors 1940 On-Site
Design for Packaging Value Chain Professional Certificate Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Economics Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Educational Leadership and Administration Masters 2018 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 1941 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Masters 1988 On-Site
Engineering Masters 1970 On-Site
Engineering Management Masters 1990 On-Site
Engineering Management (MS) Masters 2019 On-Site
English Bachelors 1957 On-Site
English Masters 1968 On-Site
Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Environmental Engineering Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Environmental Management and Protection Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Environmental Sciences and Management Masters 2019 On-Site
Fire Protection Engineering Masters 2010 On-Site
Fire Protection Engineering Masters 2010 Distance Education
Fire Protection Engineering Applications - Graduate Certificate Non-degree 2011 Distance Education
Fire Protection Engineering Science - Graduate Certificate Non-degree 2011 Distance Education
Food Science Masters 2019 On-Site
Food Science Bachelors 1957 On-Site
Forest and Fire Sciences Bachelors 1982 On-Site
Forestry Sciences Masters 2000 On-Site
General Engineering Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Gerontology Certificate Non-degree 1992 On-Site
Graphic Communications Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs Masters 2018 On-Site
History Bachelors 1969 On-Site
History Masters 2005 On-Site
Industrial Engineering Bachelors 1956 On-Site
Industrial Engineering Masters 2001 On-Site
Industrial Technology and Packaging Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Journalism Bachelors 1954 On-Site
Kinesiology Bachelors 1948 On-Site
Kinesiology Masters 1968 On-Site
Landscape Architecture Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Manufacturing Engineering Bachelors 1987 On-Site
Marine Sciences Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Materials Engineering Bachelors 1959 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1947 On-Site
Mathematics Masters 1968 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Bachelors 1941 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Masters 2000 On-Site
Microbiology Bachelors 1977 On-Site
Modern Languages and Literatures Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Multiple Subject Instruction; English Learner Authorization Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Music Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Nutrition Masters 2016 On-Site
Nutrition Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Packaging Analytics Professional Certificate Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Packaging for Logistics & Supply Chains Professional Certificate Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Packaging for Marketability Professional Certificate Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Packaging Value Chain Masters 2017 Distance Education
Packaging Value Chain Professional Certificate Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Philosophy Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Physics BA Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Physics BS Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Polymers and Coatings Science Masters 2002 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 1994 On-Site
Psychology Masters 1992 On-Site
Public Health Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Public Policy Masters 2005 On-Site
Quantitative Economics Masters 2008 On-Site
Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Non-degree 1953 On-Site
Single Subject; Agriculture Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; Biological Science Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; Chemistry Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; English Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; Geosciences Instruction Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Single Subject; Mathematics Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; Physics Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; Social Science Instruction Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Single Subject; World Languages - French Instruction Non-degree 2019 On-Site
Single Subject; World Languages - Spanish Instruction Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 2009 On-Site
Software Engineering Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Spanish Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Special Education Masters 2018 On-Site
Special Education (Education Specialist - Mild/Moderate Disabilities) Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Statistics Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Taxation Masters 2016 On-Site
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Non-degree 1991 On-Site
Technical and Professional Communication Certificate Non-degree 1988 On-Site
Theatre Arts Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Wine and Viticulture Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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