Cal Poly works on the quarter system rather than semesters. This means that you are going to learn a lot in only ten weeks! To be considered a full-time student, you must take a minimum of 12 units, which is equivalent to three classes. Definitely only take 12 units when you are first starting out; three classes doesn’t seem like a lot, but it takes some time to adapt.
CPP is very gung-ho about “learning through doing.” If your class doesn’t already have an activity, lab, or studio time attached to it, you will most definitely have a minimum of one group assignment that forces students to work with others and gain experience outside of book learning. Average class sizes at Cal Poly range from 30 to 60 people. Students who want an extra challenge can apply to be a part of the Kelloggs Honor College. Honors classes limit their class size to 20 people and usually contain even more group activities.
Cal Poly offers a wide range of classes at varying times, including online and hybrid classes, which is really helpful for students trying to balance work and other commitments with school. BroncoDirect has helped to make registering much more efficient, and it also allows you to track the progress of your degree online. The teachers at CPP are constantly rotating, so there are always fresh approaches to classes. Overall, Cal Poly has remained strong academically, despite currently weathering the California budget crisis. The only challenge is getting the classes you need or want!