San Luis Obispo, CA
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$19,071 ($8,043)
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Reviews 2312 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Student

Weather: Weather here is very nice. Sunny most days, but not extremely hot. We haven't had much rain and could use some more.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus or applied for off campus housing, but I've heard it can be hard if you don't look early enough. Most people already know where their living.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: There's no peer pressure to do something you don't want to. People respect your decisions, but many do decide to take part in drinking or smoking. Drinking is very common among students at Cal Poly.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel safe on campus. They always warn us not to walk alone at night, but I've never felt unsafe by myself. There are a lot of things about sexual assault, but I've never witnessed or had something happen. The police are pretty good about keeping everything in control.

4 College Student

Athletics: There's always one or two sports per season that people really enjoy. Soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball are some of the more popular varsity sports on campus. It's fun going to games even if we aren't a huge athletic school. The facilities are nice, but not over the top. The best part is students always get in for free.

3 College Student

Computers: There aren't many computer labs on campus because most people have their own computers. They are helpful in the library, and in my department. The wireless here is awful and in most dorm rooms, you have to use a ethernet cord. Printing on campus is easy at the library, but it's not always convenient.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I've enjoyed living in the dorms and getting housing on campus isn't hard. Living in the dorms really makes you see people and be social. You get to know your neighbors and most people in your hall. Hanging out in the common rooms is also a place to talk to people.

5 College Student

Academics: The professors here are great, I love my major. It can be hard to get classes if you have a bad rotation, but you always can get major classes and take random GEs. The UU and Library are nice places to study if you feel like studying outside your room.

3 College Student

Transportation: It's easy to take the train from SLO to LA or SF, but the airport here is tiny and very expensive. Its also pretty easy to get a ride with someone, which is usually cheaper.

3 College Student

Nightlife: Hard to do things if you don't want to get drunk or go party.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Downtown San Luis Obispo is a great place to hang out with friends, get some food or go shopping. There's a lot of involvement of Cal Poly in the SLO community which is also nice. The beach is close enough to visit regularly if you have transportation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Our campus has become more strict when it comes to breaking up parties, and fining people for noise violations. The safety of the Cal Poly community is taken seriously by Cal Poly Campus Police.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is getting more popular year by year. Greeks are often looked at as party kids who care more about partying than school.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are okay for Cal Poly, football is not huge here but our baseball team is currently 6th in the nation right now. Our recreation center is arguably the nicest recreation center on the west coast so if you are an active individual it is a great place to be.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cal Poly provides an average college dorm living situation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my major Kinesiology and just about everyone else will say the same.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am from Oregon therefore I am an out of state student paying about $10,000 more than in-state students. I received little financial aid to make up for the cost difference even with a great high school background, extra-curricular activities, community service, and high GPA.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Pretty much sunny all the time, so that's really nice

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are some great frats and sororities that do a lot of good things; unfortunately, there are a few that do stupid and offensive things. I'd really look into their background before join just any Greek that'll take you.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's a public school, so you probably won't get any scholarships from the school itself, but the aid you do get (from scholarships, loans, grants) they'll work to make sure goes through. Pro tip: they set a deadline at the beginning of the school year for you to get your aid in, but if you don't, you actually have a couple more weeks before you go onto a payment plan, so no worries.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fairly close to campus, but the on-campus apartments aren't. People are all friendly, but there isn't much of a community consciousness.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food off-campus is great, and you gotta go off campus if you want some decent ethnic food.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: If you're from a big city, prepare for some culture shock. A majority of the student body is White, straight, and there are some fairly vocal conservatives here. There are definitely awesome groups of minority students and queer students, and we offer some great courses on ethnic studies and gender & sexuality studies, though.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Awesome, but classes are pretty hard to get since everyone's vying for the same spots.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It can get pretty boring; it's not a huge town, so you run out of things to do, and big cities are about two hours away.


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Cal Poly students generally have nothing bad to say about their time spent in San Luis. A good part of the permanent-resident community attended Cal Poly once upon a time, which is a testament to how much people love San Luis Obispo. Members of the community enjoy discussing time-tested traditions and activities with current students whenever they run into them. There is absolutely a shared love of Cal Poly throughout the community.

The "learn by doing" philosophy truly does permeate all majors and aspects of campus life, and this is one of the things that sets Cal Poly apart most. Students truly do get the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of people to get to produce tangible evidence of their degrees. Students are prepared extremely well for after-college life since there are so many opportunities to develop a skill set and grow. When asked about their favorite aspects of Cal Poly, nearly every student will say that "everything," "the people," and "the weather" are their favorite qualities. You can't go wrong with these three!

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