Cuesta College

Tel: (8.0)554-6310
7,700 students
Public institution
Cuesta College is a premier community college providing accessible, high quality education that focuses on student success, lifelong learning, and community vitality.
School Highlights
Cuesta College serves 7,700 students (45% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.
Cuesta College is the only community colleges within San Luis Obispo County, CA.
The nearest community college is Allan Hancock College (25.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 250 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
College Cuesta College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 250 staff
61 staff
Cuesta College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 7,700 has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment 7,700 students 1,315 students
Cuesta College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 31:1
Cuesta College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 3,500 students
815 students
Cuesta College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 4,200 students
1,061 students
Cuesta College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Cuesta College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cuesta College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Cuesta College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Cuesta College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Cuesta College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Cuesta College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Cuesta College More (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Cuesta College Unknown (2006-2013)
Cuesta College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.56 0.70
Cuesta College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,230 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 43% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,404 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 42% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,230 $5,590
Cuesta College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,404 $10,086
Cuesta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 53%
Cuesta College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cuesta College makes lifelong learning happen. We enable students to achieve their academic, transfer, workforce preparation, career advancement, and personal goals. Building on our tradition of excellence, we serve our community by providing programs and services that produce students who can succeed in a diverse and rapidly changing society, participate effectively in their local communities, and live responsible and rewarding lives. As a learning college, we provide a supportive environment for students and employees, assess student and institutional outcomes, improve performance, forge strategic partnerships, and maximize opportunities for learning. Cuesta College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent educational programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. In 1996 the college received a Silver Medal Eureka Award for Quality and Service Excellence. Most courses offered through Cuesta College's Distance Education program are fully accredited and transfer to other four year institutions. All courses are equivalent to the classroom-based version in course content, textbooks, required assignments and study time. The only difference is that the delivery method in a distance education course is different. The Cuesta College Foundation was incorporated in 1973 for the purpose of providing essential financial support for Cuesta College programs, services, scholarships, and capital needs.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,038 per year for in-state students and $7,390 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,252 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in California is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-San Francisco. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.