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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkD+ Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueD+ University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeF
Surrounding CityC+ Extra CurricularsC+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Broken Spirit, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Self Absorbed

Lowest Rating
Social Life
Highest Rating
Excess Competition
He cares more about Social Life than the average student.
Date: Mar 05 2014
Major: Sociology (This Major's Salary over time)
Overall, the difficulty of the university is highly dependent on your major. I changed majors while attending school here, from geology to sociology. The science programs from what I experienced (chem, bio, geology, math) were very good and challenging. I enjoyed the classes but eventually changed majors because although it was enjoyable, I did not see myself in a career in the field. There were definitely variations in the quality of professors. If you can, do your research on the professor prior to picking your classes.

Once I went to sociology, the courses were MUCH easier. As is expected in an arts major, the courses are going to be much easier. Professors for the most part are highly liberal, which in this field is expected, and closed-minded. I found students who did not agree with most professors' opinions were often chastised in front of the entire class. If you just sit there and regurgitate what they want to hear, you'll get an A, easy. There is usually little to no room for actual debate or discussion…more of a "this is how it is" approach to teaching. There were a few professors, and very few, that were actually enjoyable and encouraged debate (Prof. Jack Fong was my favorite). Anyhow, a lot of the courses were repetitive, and I really felt I did not learn a whole lot or it was not applicable to much of anything else.

I do feel the quality of education went down even as I was attending, largely due to the politics of the university…it seemed like they were more interested in the number of people they could graduate versus the quality of the education. From my observations, this practice seemed to hurt the school more since they were admitting many students who were not at the college level. Many of the courses were highly impacted due to people retaking them because they had already failed them once. I also took far too many classes where students just did not show up to class and were taking up seats in already hard to get courses. Overall, I did not get an academic feeling while attending this university. Most students seemed interested in just passing their courses in the easiest way possible. I felt the university lacked creativity and an emphasis on individual students. It is more of a cookie cutter university and it seemed to take away the passion and interest in many of the courses. But aren't most universities in the US headed in this direction already?

From what I hear, the university has been adjusting their policies to correct the damage of their prior policies, hopefully for the better.

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