California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Reviews

4.13 out of 5 stars
(45 Reviews)
  • San Luis Obispo (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,696
94% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Abigail Bacharach - 6/20/2018
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Martello - 5/12/2018
Degree: Biology
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."
4.2 out of 5 stars
Kyle Radomski - 12/21/2017
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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Rubin - 5/16/2017
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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Candice Rodriguez - 3/31/2017
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."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Amy - 3/30/2017
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2014
"If you would like to teach on the beautiful central coast, Cal Poly is the place to go to get your teaching credential. The networking opportunities are fantastic and you can meet numerous potential employers. Your experience as a student teacher is totally dependent on the teacher you are placed with and Cal Poly does a pretty good job of matching you. The downside is most of the classes don't do much to prepare you for actually teaching and feel like a total waste of time."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Megan Hayes - 3/28/2017
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017
"I honestly and most dearly recommend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to any future student searching for a school that will meet all academic and learning needs, as well as provide a healthy, interactive, and collaborative environment. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo advocates for hands-on learning which engages students in the academic content and curriculum and values the art of "learning by doing." Cal Poly's safe and collaborative environment allows students to join clubs, part-time jobs, and academic groups that will help foster a student's emotional health and overall happiness, as well as providing multiple sources to create long-lasting networking opportunities and relationships. My last four years at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been full of rigorous but well-worth learning experiences that have pushed me to become a focused and enthusiastic student, and further my studies to become as knowledgeable as I can about my major and degree. I have the utmost respect for Cal Poly, and I feel that it's reputation of being an incredible and highly referred school is well-accredited for. My only hope is that more students consider Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as their future university as I believe it will give them their greatest support and encouragement to excel and succeed."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Thomas Stephens - 3/27/2017
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014
"Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is one of the top universities in the country. It has great engineering programs, but the degree I received is in History. The History department at Cal Poly SLO is excellent. They have great professors who are genuinely interested in the topics their classes cover. These professors want to see their students succeed. The department is also relatively flexible about accepting classes from other universities. I studied in Germany for a year while I was at Cal Poly. Every one of the classes I took in Germany was transferable because they fit in slots that were empty. The history department recognizes the expertise of other universities. They make it easy to go to another university and bring back knowledge to share with fellow students and staff. Overall, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is an excellent school that I recommend to everyone who is looking for a university to attend in the fall."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Katerina Axelsson - 3/24/2017
Degree: Agriculture
Graduation Year: 2015
"California Polytechnic State University is known for its "Learn by Doing" motto. The observance of this motto all across campus prepared me to be a productive and knowledgeable professional. The networking opportunities are the best because you're required to have an internship in your field of interest before graduating."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Erica M. - 3/24/2017
Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015
"This school provides the best valued education. Cal Poly is a highly competitive engineering school and has produced a lot of successful practicing engineers which gives recognition and therefore numerous networking possibilities. One of the best parts of this school is the campus community and camaraderie. Everyone is so friendly and level-headed which has created so many lasting friendships. I would highly recommend this school for anyone who is willing to put in huge amounts of effort and time. You will not regret attending this great University."

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