Cuesta College

  • 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 9,221 students (40% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 36:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Cuesta College is the only community colleges within San Luis Obispo County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Cuesta College is Allan Hancock College (25.6 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 259 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Cuesta College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty259 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Cuesta College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 36:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Cuesta College diversity score of 0.51 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,221 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio36:144:1
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# Full-Time Students3,723 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students5,498 students5,903 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Cuesta College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
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% Asian
3%
13%
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% Hispanic
20%
37%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
67%
32%
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% Two or more races
4%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
5%
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Diversity Score0.510.73
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College Completion Rate
28%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,700$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,234 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,408 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,234$1,636
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,408$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid53%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,146$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,869$5,500
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Source: 2016 (or 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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