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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3.5 out of 5 stars
Kailie - 6/21/2016
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
John Goldsby - 6/20/2016
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Blayne Wagner - 6/14/2016
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Mikaela Curtis - 6/2/2016
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
KP - 11/30/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009
"Cal poly was some of the best four years of my life! This is a great university if you're interested in any major one of the things I would keep in mind is try to know what you want to do it's not the easiest college to switch majors but San Luis Obispo has a lot to offer from the beach to the downtown area a beautiful campus lots to do outdoors amazing professors and overall just a great culture I highly recommend cal poly"
4.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/13/2015
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2005
"I loved Cal Poly and I can't imagine getting a better undergraduate education anywhere else. Their learn by doing approach is evident in most coursework, but it wasn't until I was in grad school and working with people that went to other schools that I realized how much better prepared I was. Things I was especially thankful for: class sizes, the people, the location, the weather, the preparation for the real world."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/5/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"The chemistry department is wonderful. They are always willing to help and there are great opportunities to help get a head start on a career. The rest of the school is well off too, with most teachers being interested in their topic of choice."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/5/2015
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013
"Great program, tons of clubs to get real design experience in, intermajor interaction is high."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2007
"Cal Poly was a great school, especially for engineering and agriculture, but their liberal arts programs are pretty good too. Also an absolutely awesome location to go to school."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Kyle - 8/4/2015
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2009
"Cal Poly is amazing! If you get in go!!! You will not regret it. Great school, fun town near the beach and overall just an amazing culture. These were the best 4 years of my life."

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