San Luis Obispo, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
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Reviews 2332 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It depends how you want to make it. There are a lot of differences in Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a white dominated school, but the little diversity in the school makes it worth it.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you receive financial aid and do everything right, you'll get your money. Easy as that.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are easy to use. Or a bike. It's just simple to get around town.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is ALWAYS something, ALWAYS. You're lame if you don't find something to do. The beach is right there, hiking, downtown, everything is a few minutes away.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus housing is extremely fun and sociable.

5 College Freshman

Computers: They is a bunch all over campus. There will always be a computer available.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Best looking university by far.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: You go out, you have fun. That's all there is to it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: They are honestly the best. Come here if you want to learn by doing and not just straight out of a text book. I am serious, learn by doing is extremely emphasized here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It can be a little tough to get off campus housing, but it is doable if you really try. San Luis Obispo is a small town which means there is not an abundance of places to live. Living off campus is easy, especially with the free and easy bus services.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It can change very quickly. One hour it can be warm and the next it can be cold. This happens in the morning and nights. I love it though!!

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get financial aid or scholarships so I don't know.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Each major is really different so I can't speak for all of them.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the process of switching my major and it isn't too difficult.

5 College Freshman

Academics: So far I've had small classes and engaging professors. Although the quarter system is overwhelming, I think that the quality of education is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms aren't the nicest places to live, but it's a really fun experience for your first year.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always frat parties on the weekends, but they get kind of old after a while.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in greek life, but it's there if you want it and if you don't it's not a big deal.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Has a small town vibe, there are a lot of cool places to explore.

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.


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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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