California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo School of Architecture


San Luis Obispo, CA

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Architecture


Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo offers the professional architecture degree, Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch). The Bachelor of Architecture program is a five-year program offering a professional degree that leads to licensure as an architect. The program at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo is primarily lab-oriented, offering students a hands-on education. The fourth year of the curriculum provides an opportunity for architecture students to study off campus. The fifth year is completed by students giving a final presentation on a year-long project that they have been focusing on, allowing them to show their individual creativity. The Architecture Department at Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo offers its students the options of pursuing similar studies to architecture through its location within the college. The Department of Architecture is surrounded by the related disciplines of Architectural Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture thereby providing Cal Poly students with a comprehensive learning experience in the field of architecture.


Minor in Sustainable Environments

Master of Science in Architecture (Special Studies: Sustainable Architecture)


Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Located on California’s scenic central coast, Cal Poly is a four-year nationally ranked university offering students a variety of different educational options. The school holds an impressively high employment rate for graduating students at 97%. 56% of graduates reported even receiving job offers before graduation. Architecture students graduating from Cal Poly can expect to receive a starting salary of $55,000. DesignIntelligence magazine rated Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as the number 3 architecture program. In fact, surveys have placed Cal Poly in the top 20 architecture programs since 2003.