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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB- Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueD University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Quite Bright
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He cares more about Surrounding City than the average student.
Date: Dec 06 2008
Major: Architecture (This Major's Salary over time)
My experience at Cal Poly like most stories has two sides. I still flip flop back and forth but my message is relatively clear with respect the key component that come embedded within Cal Poly and the small town of San Luis Obispo. Growing up in Laguna Beach it would be a safe assertion that I left high school at age 17 with a warped sense of perspective on life and perhaps any school would have greeted me with disappointment. Having said that, I spent my first two years at Cal Poly trying to adapt and here is what I found to be the most critical points that incoming prospective students should be aware of prior to signing on the dotted line. Finally as a disclaimer, it is important to note that this commentary is in many ways subjective and comes with a perspective based on my lifes experiences and upbringing but at the same time is written having graduated six years ago with a better understanding of the entire process.

It would be safe to say that every school has it shortcomings. Here is what I found to be the most challenging aspects with respect to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Anyway you slice it, there is an overwhelming sense of feeling isolated from a metropolitan civic center like Los Angeles or San Francisco and for me this only added claustrophobia to the psyche. At the same time, this isolation came with a benefit of being surrounded by some of the most beautiful land in California from Santa Barbara to Big Sur.

The next topic was touched on in previous commentaries but I would like to take it bit further into detail because I think this is one of the more important mechanisms that continues to restrict the future prosperity of the university. Cal Poly caries with it a very strong conservative background and when combined with a lack of diversity in the student demographic, this directly influences a cultureless and almost bland student body that juxtaposes the very concept of a university setting. Simply put, Cal Poly has no sense of style, individuality and rarely did I witness an act of liberal expressionism that one would expect in a college town. The student body is in many ways self conscious and when given the opportunity, would prefer to be anonymous. I watched six batches of freshman enter Cal Poly every year with a level of energy and excitement only to fall victim to the small town syndrome of “SLO town.

If youre looking for the quintessential college experience that you witnessed in movies where renown published professors lecture in two hundred year old lecture halls among a campus of profound architectural landmarks surrounded by a constant liberal body of discourse flowing as rampant as the worldly art and music surrounding your context, than Cal Poly is not for you. Cal Poly is simply a state funded school doing what it can in a remote rural context and for that it should be commended.

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