Cuesta College

10,258 students
Public institution

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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 10,258 students (36% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 27% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 63%.
Cuesta College is the only community colleges within San Luis Obispo County, CA.
The nearest community college is Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria (25.6 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Cuesta College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 10,258 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 34:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
10,258 students
1,303 students
Cuesta College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
3,716 students
834 students
Cuesta College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 6,542 students
1,040 students
Cuesta College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Cuesta College sch enrollment Cuesta College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Cuesta College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
Cuesta College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
Cuesta College Black (2006-2012)
% White
Cuesta College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
Cuesta College More (2009-2012)
Cuesta College sch ethnicity Cuesta College sta ethnicity
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. 0.43 0.44
Cuesta College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,230 is less than the state average of $5,890. 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 $10,050. The out-state tuition has grown by 42% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,230 $5,890
Cuesta College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,404 $10,050
Cuesta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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 $3,369 per year for in-state students and $7,686 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,026 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 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in California is California College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.