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If your looking for that typical college experience.AverageArt & Design Department
If your looking for that typical college experience. Don't come here. The campus is sooooooooooo boring. There's nothing to do here. Don't come here unless it's for Architecture. But even so, the campus will bore you to death. It is literally a farm. You'll see horses and cows, and it will smell like sh*t. I'm not joking.
1st Year Male -- Class 2008
Perceived Campus Safety: A-, Individual Value: F
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I call the life sciences the "black holeBiology
I call the life sciences the "black hole of Cal Poly" because degree requirements are about double those of any other school,including UCs, and you will have no opportunity to sample electives, and will be buried in excessive general ed. as well. General ed. at Cal Poly is the "faculty full employment act". Many students who would succeed elsewhere will simply be burned out by the sheer tonnage of required courses here. Quiz: who has more biology units-a Cal Poly graduate in biology or someone with a masters from UCLA? Surprise! The Cal Poly guy wins! I say a state school has no business being more "rigorous" than anywhere else. Ag Department faculty joke that in biological sciences, the exam questions are written as though the professor is afraid someone might get the answer right! Don't expect grade inflation- they are VERY loath to give anything above a B. Professors are average to lousy, but grade very tough. There is clearly an agenda, and it ain't the best interest of the student, it is to build a "rigorous" reputation at the expense of students. They can take the most interesting subjects, and squeeze all the life out of them till they're dry as dust. Mountainous amounts of memorization are emphasized. It is very cold and impersonal. I also hate the quarter system- it turns the whole learning experience into one panic attack or cram session after another- for no good reason! Exams all happen too close together, and if you need to get a little help, it's already too late! Go anywhere else if you can!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Cal Poly has many good programs, and theAveragePsychology
Cal Poly has many good programs, and the large majority of Professors are helpful and extremely friendly- they seem to love staying after class to talk with students. GE classes are usually pretty easy, but some of the upper-division courses can require a ton of reading and studying just to pass with a "C"... but I'm sure all universities have similar classes. The campus itself is beautiful (lots of trees, grass, agriculture, ponds, etc.) but it's in a bad location and it can be dangerous to walk around alone at night- stolen cars and people being robbed aren't too uncommon. The big downside to this school is that the social aspect really needs some help. Everyone I meet is super-friendly, but because it's a "commuter campus" it's difficult to make good friends, find good parties or places to hang out, etc.- most people just go to class then leave campus and go do their own thing, therefore I don't think you really get the whole "college experience" at this school (I've applied for transfers to several other universities because of this). It doesn't help that Cal Poly doesn't have a big athletic program either(aside from basketball- we don't even have a football team!)so it's difficult to have a lot of school spirit. All in all it's a good school if you're really into your studies and don't care too much about the social aspect of things.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: D-
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