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Cuesta College Overview

Cuesta College is a public institution located in San Luis Obispo, California. San Luis Obispo is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Cuesta College Known For?

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  • Students at Cuesta College have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The undergraduate certificate is the highest award offered at Cuesta College.
  • In <nil>, 34% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Cuesta College makes roughly $46,197 a year. This is 13% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is Cuesta College?


Contact details for Cuesta College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Phone: 805-546-3100

How Do I Get Into Cuesta College?

You can apply to Cuesta College online at:

Since Cuesta College has an open admissions policy, you should not have any trouble getting into the school as long as you have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Can I Afford Cuesta College?

2% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Cuesta College, approximately 2% of students took out student loans averaging $6,557 a year. That adds up to $26,228 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cuesta College is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Cuesta College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,613 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,661 undergraduate students at Cuesta College, with 2,613 being full-time and 7,048 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 2,613 full-time undergraduates at Cuesta College, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cuesta College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 94
Black or African American 49
Hispanic or Latino 810
White 1,407
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 237

Online Learning at Cuesta College

4,999 Took All Classes Online
7,247 Took At Least One Class Online
114.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 7,247 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cuesta College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 88th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Cuesta College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cuesta College was 114.0%. This is the #389 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Cuesta College regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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