Admissions & Aid
Welcome to Cuesta College
Cuesta College is located in the heart of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County with instructional sites at the North County Campus (NCC) in Paso Robles and South County Center (SCC) in Arroyo Grande, in addition to the San Luis Obispo campus.
Get to know our beautiful campus with a friendly guided or self-guided tour. Sign-up for a tour.
Explore the Associate Degree and Certificate Programs availabe at Cuesta.
Who are Cuesta Students?
Check online the characteristics of Cuesta students by region and variable (gender, major, age., etc.)
⇒ Art Gallery: The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is located on the main San Luis campus.
⇒ Athletics: Check out Cuesta's sports teams. Go Cougars!
⇒ Bookstore: Full-service bookstore serving students, faculty, and staff.
⇒ Food Services: (No food services at South County Center.)
• SLO: Cuesta Cafe serves breakfast food, hot/cold sandwhichs, burgers, salads, and
a daily special.
Coffee Cart offers specialty coffes, tea, muffins, fruit, and snacks. Both are open when school is in session, no meal plans. Vending machines located in Snack Shelter.
• NCC: Cuesta Cafe food trailer open during classes, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vending machines also located in Student Lounge (N2000) and Schwartz Learning Resource Center (N3100).
• Bookstore at SLO and NCC campuses has snacks, candy, and cold drinks.
⇒ Children's Center: Located on the San Luis and North County campuses, the Children's Centers serve
as a lab for ECE students and an early learning program for chlldren ages 18 months
to 5 years of age.
⇒ Clubs and Social Club: Choose from a variey of clubs and organizations or start your own club!
⇒ Community Programs: Offering a variety of fee-based recreational, aquatic, and educational programs.
⇒ CPAC: Cuesta's 450-seat theater and 100-seat experimental theater on the San Luis campus.
⇒ Cuestonian: Award-winning student newspaper of Cuesta College.
⇒ Cultural Center: Schedules events to create dialogue and educate about diverse groups and cultures.
⇒ Library: With locations on the San Luis, North County Campus, and South County Center, services include computer/internet access, copiers, curculation (borrowing priviledges) and reserve materials.
⇒ Performing Arts: Students and our ensembles have won top awards in festivals around the world through Cuesta's Music and Drama programs.
⇒ Radio Station: Broadcasting for over 40 years and located on the San Luis campus, KGUR is a non-profit station serving as a lab for Film, TV, and Electronic Media (FTVE) program students.
⇒ Student Ambassador Program: Qualified students participate in various college events, outreach, and leadership activities. A great mentoring opportunity and receive a scholarship stipend upon completion.
⇒ Student Government: Become involved and gain experience in various leadership opportunities.
Yes, you can afford college! The Cuesta College Financial Aid Department is here to help you find ways to pay for college tuition and related expenses via grants, waivers, scholarships, and more.
⇒ The Cuesta Promise: A scholarship for every new SLO County high school graduate, paying all fees for a FULL YEAR!
Health and Safety
⇒ Alert System: Text messaging/email notification system for campus wide emergencies.
⇒ Cuesta College Police Department provides a safe and secure environment with a range of services in addition to law enforcement, including escort services, crime prevention nformation, stranded motorist assistance, medical aid, and fingerprint services. View Clery Act Report.
⇒ Student Health Services: Services include free, confidential healthcare services for every enrolled student that has paid the health fee. Professional staff includes nurse practitioner, registered nurses, marriage and family therapists, and caring support staff.
Living in San Luis Obispo County
⇒ Activities in SLO County: Art galleries, museums, outdoor activites, and events throughout the year make the SLO life.
⇒ Employment: Career Connections provides services to students and employers.
⇒ Housing: Online listing for student housing to rent and roommates wanted.
⇒ Volunteer: Make a difference in San Luis Obispo County and find a volunteer opportunity that fits you. Volunteer opportunities at Cuesta include tutoring, Friends of the Library, Athletic Boosters, and more.
⇒ Airlines: Serving San Luis Obispo Regional Airport
⇒ Amtrak: Stations located in San Luis Obispo (2), Grover Beach, and Atascadero.
⇒ RTA: Regional Transit services include fixed bus routes, Runabout Paratransit, and Dial-A-Ride. Purchase a discounted bus pass by having a valid ASCC Student ID Card at the Cashier's Office. NCC students with a valid ASCC Student ID Card ride free the Paso Express Transit, during the school year.
Whatever your goal, we have dedicated staff to guide you on your educational journey. View our Services which include academic counseling, DSPS, transfer to 4-year institutions, tutoring, and veterans services.
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