- 4 Year
- SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
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- Academicsgrade A minus
- Valuegrade A+
- Diversitygrade A minus
- Campusgrade C+
- Athleticsgrade B+
- Party Scenegrade A
- Professorsgrade B minus
- Locationgrade B+
- Dormsgrade C+
- Campus Foodgrade D+
- Student Lifegrade A minus
- Safetygrade B minus
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- The California State University
Since our founding in 1901, Learn by Doing has always been Cal Poly’s core philosophy.
It’s a deliberate process in which students, from day one, acquire knowledge and skills through active engagement and self-reflection inside the classroom and beyond it.
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo Rankings
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- Biology197 Graduates
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- Mix of Online and on Campus14%
- On Campus85%
- Academically and socially balanced54%
- Focused and determined3%
- Learn by doing91%
- Everybody, please do not think differently3%
- The Mustang Way2%
- Communication skills are most important1%
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) - San Luis Obispo Reviews
The weather here is not too cold nor too hot. It almost never rains, but when it does, expect a huge shower.
The students are nice. They even have a Discord server (”Cal Poly Friendos”) to hang out in. The staff and faculty are always patient and helpful.
I don’t understand why the food is a D+. I’ve eaten many meals, and never felt the food, as school food, deserves a B or less. I’m guessing students have too high expectations, thinking it should be as great as downtown food. Yet that’s unfair, because the average campus meals cost $9, while most expensive ones are $12. Off-campus is usually at least $16. Thus there will be a quality difference. Cal Poly may not serve the “best” food, but it definitely serves some of the best school foods I’ve had.
I wouldn't ask to be in another school. Consider applying.
If you're an incoming freshman, I highly recommend applying for the Quarter Plus Program. It's the best introduction to college! Every school should have a program like this.
Lastly, the lack of diversity should definitely be noted. Although Cal Poly is working towards creating a more inclusive environment, it has a ways to go before that inclusion is truly experienced by all.