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Reviews 3264 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Academics: Cal Poly SLO is on the quarter system, so the course work and material hits you hard and fast. I love the rigor though. Most of my classes have been challenging and I always feel so rewarded after completing the quarter. Most of my professors have been very supporting of their students and I love to get to know them more.

The workload depends on the class, but also how well prepared you were in high school. Taking AP classes for the science courses have made those classes a little easier and helps reinforce my understanding of the material.

My study options are taking my own book notes; re-reading chapters we do in class; working on book problems whether they are assigned or not; doing the homework ahead of time, so you can go to office hours for it; OFFICE HOURS IN GENERAL; and find a good spot to study in because sometimes your room isn't the best place to be.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It doesn't matter which end of the political scale you land on, there are people who are so stubborn about their political beliefs, they believe their way is the only way.

Now that's off my chest, I feel like I've met many students who are very accepting of others. I feel like most students at Cal Poly feel like they fit in with the campus atmosphere.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love SLO! I have enjoyed all of my professors and the courses I have taken. Having a small class size helps with a student getting to know their peers and their professors. Office hours are extremely helpful, whether you need help on course work or just needing advice on life choices.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a blast (depending on where you live and who you have as a roommate or roommates). Personally, I grew up sharing a room, so sharing a dorm room was not going to be a problem at all. I lived in North Mountain freshman year, which was the right amount of study and social time for me. For freshman, I suggest not living in an apartment because students tend to hide in their room and not necessarily hang out with people down the hall.

For my sophomore year, I live in Poly Canyon Village. The social atmosphere, though, is opposite of the freshmen dorms since most of the residents have already established their friend groups. PCV was nice to live in because you are still close to all of you classes and had your own kitchen so you don't have to eat crappy campus food.

If you are an in-state student, you probably can afford to live on campus for 2, maybe 3, years. As for out-of-state students, most move off-campus their second-year (or most of the ones I know).

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Withing the past school year, there has been countless acts of people stealing bikes. No matter what school you go to, GET YOUR BIKE REGISTERED!

I am a woman and I feel generally safe walking around campus at night, but sometimes I feel a little unease because of my anxiety.

The Campus Police is excellent at sending emails to the student body about any reported crimes.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: We are known for our Engineering, Architecture, and Agriculture programs. Many businesses have heard of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, as well as the reputation our students have in the working field.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're underage your only option is frat parties. For anyone over 2, there are a bunch of different and vibrant bars downtown.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most of the parties are in the frat houses around campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The school recommends 25 to 35 hours of study outside of class per week. You will do more than that but if you like what you're doing it truly is worth it. The professors are generally helpful and caring.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is not terribly diverse simply because of its location but the student body is still perfectly accepting.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want it, you can find it but no one will force you into anything.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The majority of my professors have been great. They really care about your success in their class. Some of them have even taken time out of their day (outside of office hours) to help us out.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It really depends what major you're in. The school is very strong in engineering, architecture, and agriculture. It's fine for science but Liberal Arts or Business majors don't have the best reputations.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't had to resort to any of them but I know that the resources are there if ever I need them. Aside from that, I have never felt unsafe or threatened on campus even when walking alone at night.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the red bricks my freshman year. It was a great experience and an easy way to meet people in similar majors.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Only 20% of the student body is involved so it's relatively small.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Honestly, I don't know much about sports on campus. Not really my area.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I can't complain. The academics are on point. Students take their classes seriously but also know how to relax. The school is in a beautiful location and there is a cheery ambiance about. People are always kind and helpful.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had a very good experience with the professors and my classmates. Class size varies based on the topic. For both small and large class sizes, the professors are very open to help students one on one during office hours.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I will be very proud to have obtained a degree in Biology from Cal Poly. The faculty and education at Cal Poly is great.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are occasional reports of sexual assault on or by the campus. The majority of the time sexual assault happens at or after a frat party. Other than that, the campus is very safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The apartment layouts are decent, the campus does a good job of cleaning regularly and the housing is close to campus. The apartments aren't all that social, people tend to stay in their own apartments.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not too familiar with the Greek life.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I used to play on the club lacrosse team and there wasn't that much student involvement. There is a lot more support for the varsity sports.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's great. The city is beautiful and there are lots of great people. Although they greatly lack diversity they make it up with kindhearted people.


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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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