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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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CalPoly's faculty is average at best.BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
CalPoly's faculty is average at best. I transferred here from a community college that had a higher ratio of PhD's and pioneers in their fields. I had always heard that CalPoly had an excellent reputation for academics, and maybe that's true in their engineering and agriculture programs, but if you take any other classes here, the professors are very hit-or-miss. Most of them are tenured, and extremely apathetic. Expect to be taught entirely from an outdated textbook. Learn to regurgitate what the professors want to hear. Creativity is not a virtue here.

My main complaint with CalPoly is with the administration. I had to submit my transcripts to them 3 times because they kept losing them. When I transferred out, I had to request my transcripts from them numerous times because they couldn't be bothered to send them out. Every term that I was here, they put a hold on my registration for some irrelevant nonsense, such as claiming that they needed copies of my vaccination records even though I was over 24 and didn't live on campus, and therefore should have been exempt according to their own catalog.

During the Summer 2004 term, they raised the tuition rates 2 weeks AFTER classes started, and then threatened to kick out every student who didn't pay the balance. We all had to pay up, since they had us by the balls. Then they did it again a week later.

I transferred out in Fall 2004 and was given conflicting information regarding how to drop my classes; I was told to fill out the green form at the window, turn it in to the bursar, and that would be it. 6 months later, I started receiving mildly-threatening phone calls regarding an unpaid balance there for tuition. I told them I had transferred out and had filled out the green form, as instructed, only to be told that "there is no green form, and never has been." That took several more months to resolve, and I still ended up having to pay a part of the balance, all because they have no idea what they're doing.I could go on and on, but let me just sum up by saying that CalPoly's administration is by far the worst of any school I have ever encountered. Expect everything to take 10 times longer that it should. Expect to pay every administrative fee twice, because they will constantly "lose" your payments.

1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Surrounding City: B, Faculty Accessibility: F
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Wonderful and beautiful town with so much toBrightPsychology
Wonderful and beautiful town with so much to do. I love San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly is great as well with friendly and helpful staff. My only complaint is how horribly the University is impacted right now. It is virtually impossible to get into any classes! Very frustrating. I would highly recommend this school, but be prepared to fight your way into classes and possible stay longer than four years.
4th Year Female -- Class 2014
Social Life: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: B
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