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By Larry Peña

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Cal Poly has set another record, drawing its largest set of prospective students ever.

“This was the largest undergraduate applicant pool in Cal Poly history with 48,146 first-time freshmen and 8,747 upper-division transfers submitting on-time applications,” said James Maraviglia, associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development.

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This latest increase underscores a stunning trend at Cal Poly. Over the past 20 years, undergraduate applications have grown more than 400 percent, from fewer than 12,000 applicants in 1996.

With more students than ever eager to experience Learn by Doing, Cal Poly has also had an opportunity to select an even more accomplished group of students. The freshman class selected for fall 2016 boasts an aggregate GPA of 4.04, an ACT composite of 30 and an average combined reading and math SAT score of 1352.

“Whether you’re looking at the sheer numbers of students who want to study at Cal Poly or the caliber of students that end up here, these results speak volumes about the demand for Learn by Doing education,” said Maraviglia.

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