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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
About Cogswell Polytechnical College...
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
From Cogswell Polytechnical College

Founded in 1887, Cogswell College prepares Bay Area high school and community college students for careers in the Silicon Valley economy by combining an industry-focused curriculum with a fully-accredited, student-centered approach. Our students enjoy small, intimate classes where they are immersed in technology, design, and business using hands-on, project-based learning taught by a faculty of industry experts.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Acceptance Rate
64%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$23,601/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,566/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
84%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.11 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.10 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.10 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
436Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
172
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 7 responses
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  • Friendly
    29%
  • "Unique"
    29%
  • badass
    14%
  • Lazy
    14%
  • victims
    14%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
50%
Poll
78%
of students say they don't have Greek life.9 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.17 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
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  • Superb!
    44%
  • Small, but efficient. I love it!
    22%
  • Scam
    11%
  • Teachers are good, students need to work harder.
    11%
  • Underrated
    11%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $49,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    37%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    90%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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    This is an amazing school if you're not looking for parties but rather for practical skills and industry knowledge. I'm in the audio program and would not study anywhere else. Most instructors care about your learning and I'm lucky to have Julius as my studio and sound design teacher, who is not only the best of the school but one of the best in the industry. I'm a junior and have been part of three Cogswell projects and I'm taking MediaWorks right now. In MediaWorks we are working with a well known large company and produce a full blown animated audio project for them. It's fast and sometimes stressful but awesome to work like you are part of an actual company. The professors give us their best advice to make it in the business that they also came from. I keep growing my professional portfolio and can't wait to start working for an audio company soon. If you're looking for practical education, put Cogswell on your shortlist.
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    The professors are excellent at teaching the materials and are very willing to help. All the school work is manageable as long as you cut your day job down to four days maximum. You won't have time for both if you work five days or more.

    The school is right by a landfill, so walking or driving to school with the windows down is a bit of a pain. Almost all of the people I've spoken to are indoors-type people and are hardcore into anime, games, and movies. You'll be left out of a conversation often if you're not in the loop.

    The options for food are limited down to a food truck, vending machines, and a coffee machine. For this reason, people end up bringing their own cooked foods. There is a convenient refrigerator to store your goodies in so there aren't any worries. Food thieves don't exist in the school as far as I know.

    The school's academics - Great! The campus and people - It's manageable...
    Has professors who know their stuff and have worked in the industry on shows you may know from your childhood and even now. The staff are kind and ready to help you whenever, the equipment is up to date with the latest computers, tablets, and programs like Photoshop and Maya. Only issue is the price of tuition, understandably high with professional artists on hand, but for the past four years the tuition has been slowly raised by at least 2% each year. They also will take at least six years, if you are not affording summer, to graduate.