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Coordinates: 35°19′47.89″N 120°44′32.47″W / 35.3299694°N 120.7423528°W / 35.3299694; -120.7423528

Cuesta College
Established 1963
Type Public Community College
President Dave Pelham
Faculty 165 full-time
414 part-time
Staff 245
Students 11,150
Location San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Campus Suburban (150-acres)
Colors Green and white
Nickname Cougars

Cuesta College is a public community college located in San Luis Obispo County off the Central Coast of California. It currently offers 76 Associate's degree programs and 96 certificate programs. Cuesta is a part of the California Community Colleges system and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Located on State Route 1, the Cuesta campus is six miles from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and six miles from San Luis Obispo (SLO).

A number of Cuesta students transfer to the public California State University and University of California systems, including the nearby Cal Poly SLO campus, as well as private colleges and universities.



The first community college in the San Luis Obispo area was founded in 1916 as a division of San Luis Obispo High School, it lasted until 1919 with the United States involved in World War I. Cal Poly had a junior college division from 1927 to 1932. Miramonte College of Atascadero filled the void as a private institution from 1933 to 1936. The county's second public junior college was formed in 1936 as a part of San Luis Obispo High School District, but ceased operation in June 1959. On April 16, 1963, voters in SLO County agreed to form a community college district, forming the San Luis Obispo County Junior College District. In 1964, a limited evening division began at Camp San Luis Obispo, a California National Guard facility located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. On October 4, 1965, the college was officially named Cuesta College. In 1970, Cuesta broke ground on its current campus west of Camp San Luis Obispo.


In athletics, Cuesta fields 7 sports for men, and 9 for women. The school's athletic mascot is the Cougar, and the school colors are green and white.

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