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 declined by 21% 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
Cuesta College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Cuesta College has declined by 10% 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 grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,221 students7,516 students
Cuesta College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio36:144:1
Cuesta College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,723 students1,613 students
Cuesta College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,498 students5,903 students
Cuesta College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cuesta College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cuesta College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Cuesta College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Cuesta College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cuesta College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cuesta College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Cuesta College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Cuesta College Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
Cuesta College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.510.73
Cuesta College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cuesta College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,700$34,900
Cuesta College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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
Cuesta College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,408$6,797
Cuesta College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid53%80%
Cuesta College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,146$9,500
Cuesta College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,869$5,500
Cuesta College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 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 score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.