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 11,024 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 48% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 259 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Cuesta College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty259 staff149 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cuesta College has grown by 19% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has increased from 35:1 over five years.
The Cuesta College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 24% over five years.
Total Enrollment11,024 students8,598 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio43:145:1
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# Full-Time Students3,190 students2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students7,834 students6,583 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
12%
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% Hispanic
31%
43%
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% Black
2%
7%
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% White
52%
25%
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
5%
4%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.630.73
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College Completion Rate
33%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,700$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,234 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,408 is less than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,234$1,458
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,408$6,710
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%76%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$10,063
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,334$5,751
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Source: 2019 (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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The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

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