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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

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"Learn by Doing" isQuite BrightAccounting
"Learn by Doing" is an amazing component of education here. I started doing work in my concentration as a freshman and have real, hands-on experience already.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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Greatest Engineering Value- For the price and qualityBrightCivil Engineering
Greatest Engineering Value- For the price and quality of education in engineering, it is easily the best school in the country.

Cheap- Although the engineering program is worth it, everything else seems to be weak compared to other schools. For example, its missing the fun D1 tailgating atmosphere, although it has a very big soccer following. The facilities are sub par, especially the crowded library. The on campus food is limiting- very few chain restaurants, although the town has exceptional restaurant choices. Housing is overpriced and shanty, there is no Greek row, and the dorms are stuffy.

The Students are AWESOME. The Faculty are GREAT. And the Cal Poly Corporation wants to suck every last penny out of you, because the tuition is so cheap. For example, parking, campus food, and stores are very expensive for students.The last thing to mention is the lack of diversity. The extent of Cal Poly's diversity is northern or southern Californian. People do not discuss worldly current events, politics, perspectives, literature, or the arts very often unless its directly pertaining to their major study. So there is a lack of roundness in the generic atmosphere of cultural learning.

5th Year Male -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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My experience at Cal Poly was mostly positive.AverageBusiness - Management and Administration
My experience at Cal Poly was mostly positive. College is what you make of it and I tried hard to make my college experience valuable. However there were some negatives that shouldn't be overlooked by any prospective students.

Campus: A mix of really old and brand new buildings. No real building uniformity if that matters to you. There's still a shortage of on-campus housing due to the university accepting more students than it can support. They are building some additional dorms in 2015 - so hopefully it won't be an issue in the future.

SLO: Everybody seems to love this town. I've been to other universities in California and nothing could beat the small town college vibe that SLO offers. I'm from LA and being in SLO felt like a vacation.

Academics: If you've worked hard in high school or community college to get into Cal Poly, you'll do fine. Lots of frustrating group projects. I was kind of disappointed by my Business peers who didn't have much knowledge about anything going on in the world around them. Seriously ask a business major who are state senators are... "uh I don't know brah, anyways let's go to the beach later." All that being said, the academics are solid.

Student body: In recent years the administration has really pushed for more diversity and it shows. Nobody wants to admit this but most people just end up hanging out with their own race. You can see this in all the clubs and organizations the campus promotes. The student body has some genuinely bright people, but most people take themselves a little to seriously here. Most people are attractive, fit, and kind of boring once you start talking with them. Friendly but bland.

Professors: I really like the fact that this isn't a UC school. Professors are accessible and are focused on teaching instead of their own research. Classes are small making it easier to actually get to know your professor.

Extra curricular activities: I like the outdoors and SLO is a good place for that kind of thing. Surfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, ATVing are readily available. The downtown area is nice if you're over 21. Try line dancing at least once at the Grad. Most of the campus organizations aren't active so you need to figure this stuff out on your own.

Administration: They have pretty much shut down the sorority/frat party scene. They accept way to many students than the school has room for, in an effort to keep you in school longer and keep dishing out that tuition money.

4th Year Male -- Class 2011
Surrounding City: A+, Innovation: F
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