Cuesta College

Cuesta College

Founded in 1963, Cuesta College is a public community college located in San Luis Obispo County, off the Central Coast of California. Cuesta is a part of the California Community Colleges system and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The College offers more than 76 Associate's degree programs and over 90 certificate programs. The Cuesta campus is situated just six miles from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and six miles from San Luis Obispo (SLO).

The official mascot of Cuesta College is a Cougar and the school colors are green and white. The college has 7 sports teams for men and 9 teams for women.

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Cuesta College
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo , CA 93403-8106
General Phone: (805) 546-3100

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Cuesta College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts551English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, library assistant, international relations, political science, sociology, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine436EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Medical Support and Technology159medical coding, medical assistant, electrocardiograph tech, phlebotomy, mental health services tech
Business and Management37business management, accounting, international business, sales and marketing
Family and Social Work22family studies, child development
Law18legal studies, legal assistant
Production Trades17welding, cabinetmaking
Construction Trades13apparel and textile marketing, construction, masonry, electrician, plumbing
Mechanics and Repair12electrical installation and repair, computer repair, industrial electronics tech, autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Security and Law Enforcement9criminal justice and police
Media6journalism, radio and television, desktop publishing and imaging
Engineering Technician6electromechanical tech, water quality and recycling tech, mechanical engineering tech, drafting
Design5fashion design, interior design
Therapy and Counseling5psychology
Computer Science and Engineering5computer programming, computer science, web design, database administration, system administration
Architecture and Planning4architectural tech
Office and Administration4office management, administrative assistant
Cooking and Culinary Arts2culinary arts
Agricultural Science and Management2crop production, dairy production, various agricultural courses, food technology, various agricutural courses
Fine Arts1sculpture
Science1biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Drama and Performing Arts1dance, drama
Medicine0health professions
Animal Science and Care0animal husbandry
Real Estate and Construction Management0real estate
Hospitality0hospitality management
Landscaping and Horticulture0applied horticulture, floristry
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Art Studies0art studies
Photography and Commercial Art0drawing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0parks and recreation studies, health and physical education
Medical Administration0health unit coordinator

Number of programs and degrees for Cuesta College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree70262
Award of less than 1 academic year46816
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years3919
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years11741

Cuesta College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cuesta College had a total enrollment of 10,920 students (7,391 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 1%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 29%
20-21 21%
22-24 14%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 7%
50-64 6%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown5%

Cuesta College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 44 %

Cuesta College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Luis Obispo, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cuesta College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 828
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,480
Books and supplies $ 1,242

Financial Aid:
Cuesta College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 119200)

Cuesta College Faculty

Cuesta College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year4$82,44616$65,653
All faculty totalcalendar year4$82,44616$65,653

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year72$76,44875$71,655
All faculty totalacademic year72$76,44875$71,655

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cuesta College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Production Operations, Other
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Crop Production
Dairy Husbandry and Production
Food Technology and Processing

Animal Science And Care
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
System Administration/Administrator
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Construction Trades, General
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Fine Arts

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk

Medical Support And Technology
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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