"…Of the nearly 55,000 first-time freshmen who applied, 16,466 were accepted as the university looks to fill 4,486 available spaces, according to Jim Maraviglia, Cal Poly’s associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development.
School officials say the largest undergraduate applicant pool in Cal Poly history — consisting of more than 65,500 first-time freshman and transfer students — played a role in the high number of students who were turned away.
That doesn’t mean the students were unqualified.
Maraviglia said the university was forced to turn away 10,646 first-time freshmen with high school grade-point averages of 4.0 or higher.
The average GPA of those selected was an all-time high of 4.13, he said. The average SAT score was 1407, and the average ACT score was 30." …