San Luis Obispo, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
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Reviews 2554 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I love how they've tried to make college life easier here at Poly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict on the things that they need to be strict about.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere at SLO (San Luis Obispo) is a perfect match for me. It consists of a stress-free atmosphere, all the way maintaining interesting complexities within the town to fulfill every person's lifestyles.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Intramural sports are a really great way for people who don't want to commit to the real thing, but still maintain a close relationship with the sport that people love to play.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Although off-campus dining is preferable to on-campus, still nothing as extravagant as restaurants in the big cities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The dining is subpar, nothing quite extravagant, but satisfactory nonetheless.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The atmosphere here at the University is far better than anyone would have expected. Everyone for the most part is accepting and friendly, both compositions of the characteristics that attribute to San Luis Obispo's ambient atmosphere and its reputation for being the "Happiest Place in the Country."

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The past year, the landscape architecture program was rated fourth in the country. I definitely enjoy it but the workload does get overwhelming at times.

College Sophomore

Majors: I havent had the chance to be an intern but I do plan on it before my fifth year. All students in the major are expected to have at least 90 hours of an internship before starting on the senior thesis.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mostly everyone cares about their self-image here. The rec center is used by many of the students who like to exercise and look good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The good thing about off-campus housing is the freedom of it. The bad thing about off-campus housing is having to go through the leasing process. Off-campus housing can be expensive, but can be cheaper than on-campus housing with a shared room.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very accepting of all kinds of people and their beliefs.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors havent been the most helpful, especially for GE classes. However, the professors in the department are all excellent, and are very helpful towards any concern.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is very good here. A lot of alumni keep in contact with the administrative support coordinator and keep her informed about internship or job opportunities. She then sends out emails to every student in the major about these opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most friends that go to other schools say that the parties are too spread out. Meaning that there is no center where the parties happen. A lot of the parties are on Hathway, but other parties could be on the other side of the train tracks.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does affect the social atmosphere of campus because of the reputations of fraternities/sororities. Non-Greeks view Greeks not to differently than any other person unless that person is in one of the "better" fraternities/sororities on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: the off campus housing is pretty good, although nothing is out of the ordinary fancy. even regular residents just have average houses

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cal poly is amazing and i do not wish to have attended any other university.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Engineering is very big at cal poly so i have no doubt that my education will be a good one.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: the school does not support greek very much and the greek houses are not very big or cool. greek life here breaks the stereotypes you see on tv

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: the campus strictness would be fine if they didn't freak out so much about parking...

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: most of the campus is white. it is actually something the school and students comment on a lot. they almost act like being white at the school is wrong. people are genuinely angry that the school is not diverse.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: There are not many scholarships based solely on merit

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I was lucky to find a great house but it is a highly competitive market which drives up the prices

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many locally owned options with a focus on high quality and healthy options


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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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