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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Cal Poly is huge. If you aren't in a fraternity, you're pretty much going to miss out. Unfortunately, that's the way it is. Greek life however does provide charitable funds on campus for different causes, which is something I commend the members for.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I feel like my school embodies its "Learn by Doing" motto through its athletics program. A sense of unity is felt at the football games. Our school emphasizes its pride in sports while encouraging student success.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love my school. Its location (the central coast of CA) is perfect. I am close to both sides of my family (Northern and Southern CA) and the beach is just a few minutes away. The teachers are great. The passion they express for their subjects is definitely recognizable. The atmosphere is so welcoming. Fellow students' mindsets are similar to mine - they know what they want in life. I couldn't ask for a better environment to learn.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classrooms for the liberal arts department are rundown and still use chalkboards while the science and engineering departments are high tech and brand new. The professors are fun and engaging for the most part. Some grad student teachers should not be teaching, though.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The value of an English degree at a polytechnic school is already hurting my chances at getting a job. But there seems to be some opportunities from employers if you know where to go.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They are very keen on making sure we know what actions to take in bad situations like these or what actions will prevent them. They are also very supportive of people who need help coping with an assault that already took place.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Really small space with no AC. The bathrooms were wonderful, though, and the janitorial staff kept things really clean.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am a non-greek, so it doesn't effect me much. From the people I know who are in the greek system, it's a wonderful environment that gives so much to them personally and the community.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are more academic than athletic, but the entire campus is really fit and healthy. The recreational gym is amazing and there are so many hike trails that allow us to remain in shape.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a very peaceful campus, allowing for a serene experience through college. The professors are mostly vibrant with life, but also high on expectations. The students there are also usually very friendly and helpful. The only thing is that the campus food isn't very good.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school offers a rigorous program for my major at least with great teachers and an amazing library. The registration process is a bit complicated and the workload is a lot but overall great academics.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't that much diversity in ethnicity or economic background due to the area Cal Poly is located. It is so expensive to live here while going to school that discourages those with less money.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy smaller class sizes, but I did have a 200+ lecture in which the professor was very effective in managing the entire class. Like any school, there are good and bad professors.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think Cal Poly does a great job in helping its students get internships and jobs. The school is constantly putting on career fairs and networking sessions for students to attend and connect with recruiters.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in North Mountain so social life was average.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I know a lot of people that don't think highly of Greek Life, but personally I think that Greek Life isn't what people make it sound like. As for the Rush process, it is highly competitive but I don't think that's necessarily bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The recreation center is beautiful and available for all students. Furthermore, I think more than half of the school is involved in sports in some kind of way.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've really enjoyed my first year at Cal Poly. My favorite part about it is the fact that everyone is so helpful and kind. I've met so many upperclassmen that are excited to take people on as mentees and give career advice and personal advice.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have had the greatest experiences with my professors of all subjects. My class sizes don't exceed thirty students, and each of my professors have all known my name. I am so grateful to attend a school that values such small class sizes!

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Career Services is an incredible resource on campus to find jobs that pertain to your interests. I have a wide array of professional networks I have made through being very involved on Cal Poly's campus. The alumni that have stayed involved with CP truly care about the current students and want to mentor and guide them during their years as a student and beyond.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: As a young female, I feel very safe on Cal Poly's campus. Although sexual assaults have been an issue on campus the last few years, resources are available for support, and the University Police Department is very active and proactive.

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus housing in the towers is not that great. As an incoming freshman, I wish I had signed up to live in the red bricks, which are still not as spacious or nice as the Poly Canyon Village (PCV) apartments. However, PCV is very far away from campus, so I wouldn't recommend living there as a freshman either.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life is not incredibly popular on campus. I believe only about 15% of students on campus are affiliated with Greek Life.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics is not very popular at Cal Poly, however, the recreational facility for every student is state-of-the-art.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Cal Poly is the most incredible school. The past three years, I have had more opportunities to truly learn my craft than I have in the real business world. Choose this school no matter what your major is; you won't regret it.

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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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