About Cuesta College
Cuesta College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and was ranked by Edsmart.org as a top five California community college in 2016. Cuesta College has a rich history of educating San Luis Obispo County residents since opening in 1963. Cuesta College serves nearly 10,000 students with an increasingly diverse student body of 55% White, 32% Latinx, 7% Mixed and Other, 3% Asian/PI, 2% African-American with instruction occurring online and at three physical sites; the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Cuesta College offers seventy-four degrees and sixty-two certificates, including 26 Associate Degree Transfers to the Cal State University system with a few more in the pipeline. The college maintains the highest transfer population to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-twice as many as any other community college. The college also boasts robust Allied Health and Career Technical Education programs and consistently sends students to compete at the national level in areas such as welding, automotive, public speaking and more.
Cuesta College is committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals. In 2016, it was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institute ("HSI"), reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to further the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. Launched in 2014, the Cuesta Promise Scholarship provides free first year tuition and fees to every new high school graduate in San Luis Obispo County. Over 2,000 students have received the Cuesta Promise with over 30% being Latinx and more than 50% being female. Cuesta College was also the only California Community College awarded a $2.5 million dollar "Developing HSI Grant" from the US Department of Education to expand educational and vocational opportunities for Latinx students. This institution is committed to the Board of Governors California Community College Vision for Success Goals, including eliminating equity gaps within 10 years. The College's Educational Master Plan, Strategic Plan, and Student Equity/Student Success and Support/Basic Skills Integration Plan collectively seek to ensure all students are successful at fulfilling their educational needs.
Cuesta College has 150 full-time faculty, 332 adjunct faculty, 245 classified, and 43 managers and administrators. The college encourages all employees to be part of the participatory governance process. The College’s annual budget is approximately $53 million.
In addition, thanks to a $275 million bond measure approved by voters in 2014, Cuesta College has been repairing facilities, updating classrooms, equipment, and technology, and improving career education programs. Our growing North County Campus will open a new Student Services building in Spring of 2018 and will house a new Veterans Center, EOPS Center/CalWorks/Foster Youth Center, Disabled Student Program and Services ("DSPS") office and Student Cultural Lounge.
Cuesta College has strong student, faculty, and staff campus engagement including affiliations with the statewide Latina Leadership Network, Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, MEChA, Student Veterans Club, STEM Club, and Dreamers Club.
Comprehensive information about Cuesta College can be found at http://www.cuesta.edu/about/collegeplans/index.html
Budget reports about Cuesta College can be found at https://www.cuesta.edu/about/depts/fiscal/Audit_Reports.html
Institutional Research information can be found at https://www.cuesta.edu/about/depts/research/