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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the orientation programs at Cal Poly. It really sets you up for a great transition into college life.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed the quarter system at my school. It makes things challenging but I love the fast paced style of teaching.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly would not be anywhere else besides Cal Poly. Complete joy to attend.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The passion, student spirit, and dedication of faculty is encouraging and exciting. There are many programs, clubs, and events to attend, and there's no shortage of work! It's a great combination. Check it out!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is amazing and the weather is beautiful. The staff helps you learn but doesn't teach you the whole time, it really is a lot of learn by doing.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I will be starting college this next fall and through my visits and communicating with the school I am really impressed.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school. It's hard sometimes because you have to pick a major going in, which accelerates you into preparing for a career path, however I am still unsure about what to do with my life which makes it pretty difficult there. Besides that, the environment is amazing and the people are welcoming, the weather is perfect, and the school is just the right size.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cal Poly is unique because of its learn by doing philosophy. Each student must declare a major when applying and stick with that major for one quarter (ten weeks) before being able to change majors. The teachers literally let you learn how to do something by doing it, whether that is welding, surveying land, or even trimming hooves. This may be intimidating for some people, but I think it is what makes Cal Poly a truly amazing university.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Much cheaper than on-campus housing.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's a party starting from Thursday to Saturday almost every week.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's not any late-night options at all unless you have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Sometimes I feel that they are too strict or not strict at all. Especially during weekends with extremely loud noises until 3 am in the night.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Having only 8 meals a week is extremely painful.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I just filled out FAFSA by the March deadline and received my financial aid.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living in the apartments. It's very spacious and clean, there's enough private and public events.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are not a lot of good options. A lot of places also have bad landlords that only care about money. Parking is also pretty bad. The housing is relatively close to campus and I am able to walk or ride my bike so I love that! It is very costly to live here.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: It seems pretty under control! Downtown is a lot of fun if you are 21.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the food environment in san luis. So many options and a lot of healthy tasty options too!

3 College Junior

Administration: The police are focusing too much on giving students bicycle tickets than actually doing something to protect citizens from harm

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It honestly could be worse but it definitely could be better

4 College Junior

Scholarships: You get the money deposited right into your account!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have not personally lived on campus but from what I hear from others it is awesome but their are not many options for healthy food

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown SLO offers amazing food and I love exploring all the different options.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: The recreation center is beautiful and I enjoy using the facilities frequently. The school rallies around the soccer and basketball teams. Club sports are huge as well.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you use a landlord, finding off campus housing can be simple and an easy process. There is not much inventory right near campus, but there are many great options a little more far out.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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