Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
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Cuesta College is one of the 103 public 2-year colleges in California. Its campus is medium in size and located in a suburb in San Luis Obispo. The institution offers only undergrad degree programs.

Every year 33% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Cuesta College's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $1,288, and fees were $50. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,774 and $50 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall Suburb
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio26:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate67%

Nursing Programs Offered

The Cuesta College ADN Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Cuesta College is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

All courses and curricula have been approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.  

The program prepares students for an Associate in Science Degree. The curriculum is based on caring. A variety of clinical settings and diverse faculty offers students a well-rounded education. Community based internships and preceptorships equip students to become successful members of a health care team and encourage continued education.  

Cuesta College employs a multi-criteria screening to assess candidates on the basis of previous degrees earned, relevant certificates, GPA for pre-requisite coursework, Science/English repeats, work volunteer experience in healthcare, language proficiency, score on assessment test and special life circumstances.

Admission will be offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants with random computer selection used to break a tie. Some of the admission requirements include: general admission requirements to Cuesta College, TEAS exam score.

The following course pre-requisites need to be completed with a ‘C’ grade or higher:

Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology (all including lab) and English Composition.
The Cuesta College Registered Nursing program prepares students to sit for the National Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Applicants who submit completed application and meet the general admission requirements for the college and fulfill the program pre-requisites will be required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen, at their own expense, before they are able to begin clinical and internship rotations in the facilities of our community partners. 

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Certificate 0 0
Associate's degree 0 12
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years 10 31
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 1 29
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 100%
  • NCLEX-PN: 81.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1968 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$284/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $12,780
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $19,880
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $35,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 73% of Cuesta College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 29% $4,220
Other Federal Grant 5% $370
State Grant & Scholarships 54% $1,703
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 43% $566
Federal Student Loans 4% $5,171
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$6,952
$30,001 to $48,000$7,789
$48,001 to $75,000$10,575
$75,001 to $110,000$11,939
Over $110,000$13,697

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Cuesta College
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

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