California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Reviews
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I chose Cal Poly because of the "learn by doing" philosophy, and the skills I developed during my time as a student have helped me be successful in Graduate School. The fast paced quarter system helped me hone my time management skills, and the hard and soft skills I learned on a variety of projects come in handy everyday.
Cal Poly is located in a wonderful city with a great environment which fosters learning. The class materials are accessible and easy to understand, professors genuinely care about the success and well-being of their students, and the students are friendly and eager. My only complaint was the seeming disconnect from elective classes and major courses- elective classes are often taught at a level of rigor above where they should be considering their decreased relevance to selected majors.
I enjoyed my time at CSUSB, overall I had great teachers and mentors. I felt safe on campus and things seemed to run smoothly there.
Located close to the Pacific coastline, Cal Poly has offers great engineering degrees as well as great scenery four one's tenure there. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable on the subjects they teach. As an architecture engineering student, this school is probably the best fit for me as well as the best decision I have made to date.
I love Cal Poly. The only thing about it is that it is very hard to get classes you need early on. A lot of the classes are too impacted and some people have a hard time getting the required units to be a full time student, but your career counselor can help you with that.
At Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo you will truly "Learn By Doing". In the Orfalea College of Business, you will be required to complete a project for each course in the Business major, from developing a complete marketing plan in Marketing, to developing Access databases in Information Systems. Although not all the instructors are world class, you'll gain valuable real world experience and confidence in yourself to succeed in the workforce upon graduation.
Cal Poly's architecture program has continually been rated among the top programs in the nation. During my time at Poly, our architecture school was rated no. 1 and no. 2 (behind Cornell). Which is interesting, considering Cal Poly is located in a sleepy surf town surrounded by agriculture fields. The quality of our program comes from the university motto of "Learn by Doing", encouraging a hands-on approach to learning. Architecture, in general, is not for the faint of heart. You have to be really motivated...and Cal Poly's architecture program is no different.
Economics isn't an easy major to jump into. It has a rigorous workload and challenges even the brightest minds. However, it is one of the most satisfying majors of the college system. Not only is this knowledge invaluable to modern day society, it is also immensely applicable to professional day life down the road. It teaches analytical skills and reasoning that other majors lack, and it was a great experience for me. One unique thing about the Econ is that instead of covering a broad spectrum of ideas throughout the multitude of classes taken, you spiral deeper into the mechanics and inner-workings of the way that an economy works--from environmental to labor to international economics. They all mesh together to form an intricate pattern. Some advice to incoming Economics majors--make sure to really grasp the basics of the concepts. Once you delve further into a topic, the professors don't slow down and rewind to cover previous classes. Another piece of advice is to not be afraid to ask questions, if you don't understand something, speak up. chances are half the class has the same questions and is also afraid to ask. Make sure to clarify challenging topics and really grasp the concepts thrown at you. Lastly, develop a positive experience and relationship with the professors on campus and in your department. Friendly recommendations go a long way.
I am not a fan of my college's degree program, however if you are at the school for a different major (primarily agriculture, engineering, or business), then you will definitely enjoy your experience here. The reason I don't like it is primarily in the teaching; most students are lost during instruction, and higher grades are earned regardless of actual material earned. I have a B average GPA and feel as though I have a D amount of information in the subject.
I could not imagine myself attending college at any other school than Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The people who live in the area and go to school here are friendly and all around wonderful. The professors at Cal Poly are extremely knowledgeable in their area of instruction and care so much about the students, not only regarding our academics, but our overall wellbeing. They reach out to us in every way possible and help us achieve our academic and life goals. The professors in my area of study, nutrition, are particularly exceptional. I have never taken a class in my department where I either didn't enjoy it or didn't learn something helpful and applicable to my career development or my life. As a graduating senior, I feel very prepared to start my career, and employers and grad schools recognize that Cal Poly is exceptional and greatly prepares its students. SLO is also the most beautiful little town ever. Everyone here is so nice and we have wonderful weather typically 365 days a year. The location is perfect, with a 15 minute drive to the beach, hikes all around the county, and fairly close access (4-5 hour drive) to the mountains and snowboarding, etc. I would strongly encourage everyone who interested in a great college experience and a great education to apply to Cal Poly.