March 27, 2014

Contact: Matt Lazier

Cal Poly Ranked No. 7 for Return on Investment among Public Universities Nationwide in PayScale List

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly ranks No. 7 among the nation’s public universities and No. 33 among all institutions for return on tuition investment, according to a new listing from

The list includes the weighted total cost for a graduate based on in-state tuition rates along with the 20-year net return on investment. For Cal Poly, the total cost is $103,600 and return on investment is $611,700.

The 2014 PayScale study looked at 1,310 public, private, religious and secular universities around the nation.

“Cal Poly provides Californians with an affordable avenue to a top-shelf education that will pay dividends throughout their lives,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “This latest PayScale listing shows that we are fulfilling our goal of providing students with an opportunity to transform themselves into the workforce-ready professionals and future leaders our world needs — and to do it at an accessible price.”

Cal Poly moved up two spots from its No. 9 ranking on last year’s PayScale ROI list in the public university category and four spots from the No. 37 spot on the overall listing.

The public universities that took the first through sixth spots, respectively, in this year’s list were: Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and UC Berkeley.

For more information and to see the entire list, visit:

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