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Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2011

I really hated the administration/corporation that ran the school. Like most other schools, they try to squeeze out money from students instead of making fair costs. Examples include packing in freshmen into the dorms (3 students in a double room dorm), overpricing their generic food, the book store costs are terrible and yet classes force you to buy from them. Most of the academics are run of the mill like other campuses. The pros are a nice location and weather, many laboratories for hands on learning, and quality upper division teachers.

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Degree: Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Graduation Year: 2014

Cal Poly was an average college experience for me. The upsides being that it was close to the beach and had good weather. For general electives, the psychology lecture was the most insightful and interesting class. The chemistry and math classes were pretty bad in that the motto changed from learn by doing to Figure it out yourself, poor instruction, large classes, and lots of my friends failed because of trouble getting direct help from teachers or peers. The major specific courses had much better instruction and lab teaching. I would HIGHLY recommend transferring to this school, but completing lowers division coursework elsewhere. It will save you lots of time and money. The freshman/sophomore experience here doesnt not compare to what Ive heard many other UC and state schools have in terms of sporting events, parties, fun city-life, and diversity (very undiversified crowd and culture). Overall my recommendation is to apply to this school only if you plan on engineering AND have a high enough budget to meet its cost. AND it would be most valuable to go only after earning lower division credits to transfer in so you avoid wasting the first two years of tuition and cut your college cost in half.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2009

Great school program! The learn by doing philosophy has set me above many of my peers who attended other universities thanks to the hands on experiences I gained while at University. I am a proud alumni of Cal Poly and would encourage other students to enroll as well. Take full advantage of the many benefits available to you as students including clubs, student research projects, and so much more that give you the advantage when searching for careers. Cal Poly is an amazing university that supports its students and provides an ideal environment for learning.

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Degree: Architectural Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" philosophy is implemented in every class and every program. It is a great way to learn, because a lot of universities or programs who just lecture or don't have hands on programs make it hard for students to transition into the real world. Cal Poly is very good at preparing you for your future career and letting you know what to expect. The campus community is great and you will definitely graduate with life long friends.

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Degree: Communications (Speech & Rhetorical Studies)
Graduation Year: 2018

Cal Poly is a great place to receive an education. I easily got out in four years and had so many great teachers. Small class sizes create a comfortable learning environment for students to interact with each other and their professors. Many of my professors were always willing to answer any questions I had and help to make me as successful as possible.

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Degree: Communications (Speech & Rhetorical Studies)
Graduation Year: 2018

Cal Poly is a great place to receive an education. I easily got out in four years and had so many great teachers. Small class sizes create a comfortable learning environment for students to interact with each other and their professors. Many of my professors were always willing to answer any questions I had and help to make me as successful as possible.

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Degree: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Graduation Year: 1998

Cal Poly is an excellent learn-by-doing university with a strong comprehensive program for both undergraduates and graduates. I appreciated the attention teachers gave me in both lab and lecture and highly recommend it to those applying to both undergraduate and graduate school.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Cal Poly SLO has prepared me for a career in dentistry. I have recently been accepted into a dental program where I will earn a doctorate degree. The faculty at Cal Poly is extremely professional and will steer you towards your future goals. Any student looking for an affordable education will find it at Cal Poly SLO.

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Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2015

The Child and Adolescent Development program did an amazing job of preparing their students for real-life experiences. The degree itself integrated field work that was applicable to many students in the program. I found jobs throughout my time in college that were applicable to my degree and immediately after graduation. The professors in the department were all willing to help and get you through the program by allowing you to learn the necessary material as you went up each consecutive year into major-specific classes. Advisers helped tremendously by guiding you through your audits - for courses - and preparing you to graduate on time. All in all, the department of child and adolescent development were a great asset to my success.

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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2003

The program was fairly difficult. Some classes were huge and it was hard to meet with the instructor. However, towards the end of the program the classes got much smaller and intimate. The campus is beautiful. Plenty of places to relax and enjoy the great weather.

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