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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
191 Baypointe Parkway
San Jose, CA 95134
About Cogswell Polytechnical College...
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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
58%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$28,856/ 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
$7,185/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

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

Master of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The 12-month program is designed for graduate students seeking to establish their own business ventures, manage entrepreneurial enterprises, transition to new careers, or thrive through innovation within their current place of work. It provides an excellent way to earn your Master’s degree with minimal impact to your professional or personal life.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    33%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
411Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
184
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
29%
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
62%
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
    35%
    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

    Cogswell Polytechnical College Reviews

    104 reviews
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    A college that focuses on what I believe to be our generation's Gold Rush, which is Game Design, Sound Design, Business, and many more. Cogswell represents nerd culture in it's rawest form, and that isn't a deterrent. A lot of the alumni, teachers, and students are there to create an environment that feels like a pseudo-family. I can confidently say that a percent of famous artists, or skilled coders will come from this college. The campus is small enough that it'll keep you focused on what you came there for.
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    If you're going for academics, then it's not a bad school. Most of the staff are great and will work with you, and small classes mean plenty of 1-on-1 time. But, the school remodeled and removed most of the clubrooms, so clubs have nowhere to meet and are basically dead. Also, a ton of students are lazy weebs, and most freshmen and sophomores drop out because they didn't think college would be hard.

    Admittedly the career services have been getting a little better each semester, but as of December 2019 it's still not as comprehensive as some of these other public universities at half the tuition cost. Also, I know several people who were about to graduate but had to stay an extra semester because the program changed during their time there, and they couldn't graduate because they didn't have all the "new" requirements.

    Overall it's not too bad of a school if you work hard, don't care about student life, and are able to fight through the bs that the administration will throw.
    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.