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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

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The information in college is somewhat of aCivil Engineering
The information in college is somewhat of a celebrated version of high school courses. The in-depth and innovative knowledge really only comes to you the last year or two. The character I built was to hate my school, but love my friends and respect the few teachers who are there to educate, encourage, and inspire. This education got me a run-of-the mill job only because of the piece of paper it gave me. 1% of the knowledge I gained from Cal Poly was useful at my job. The rest I really learned doing the job. The school really taught me to hate, and I am a more depressed person because of it. Thankfully, wherever you go, you can find friends and some mentors to help pull you through. If you go to this school, focus on making friends and enjoying what the amazing city has to offer. Try to ignore any faults of the administration and work with your teachers to get through it all. Good Luck!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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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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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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