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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
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
83%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$23,304/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,776/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,498/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,885/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,476/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,254/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.11 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.9 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.9 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
483Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    33%
  • "Unique"
    33%
  • Lazy
    17%
  • victims
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
56%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.16 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 8 responses
Report
  • Superb!
    50%
  • Small, but efficient. I love it!
    25%
  • Scam
    13%
  • Teachers are good, students need to work harder.
    13%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
22%
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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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...
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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.
Teachers have an interesting turnover rate. They come and go. Most the leave are good teachers. The teachers aren't really appreciated by the students and the school itself. There are a handful of good teachers in there, but there are also those that aren't. Some professors are like Dave are instruction heavy and good. Some are belligerent and don't lecture at all. There are also great teachers that left due to what the school has been doing to them. Some, already on the verge of leaving. They also replace some teachers with teachers that aren't so qualified at times.

School is run by a hotel company that used to own Heald. It's called Palm Ventures.

Computers can't handle Maya at full capacity sometimes and we have to playblast to see our animation run smoothly. Some rental stylus pens also have a messed up pen pressure and the nib would go inside the pen if there's a little pressure put on it. Good equipment like Cintiq only seen in Animated Film Production studio, not in class.