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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Since I am an engineering major the courses tend to runa bit dificult but they are extremely fun and you really do learn by doing.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school is defnitely a party school but it can also be avoided. Many people have a party life but many also do not nd just focus on academics.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got a double in Santa Lucia and I love it. I thought it would be too small bt there in definitely enough space and plety of strage.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is big on campus but it doesn't overwhelm the student body. About 30% of students are in one.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varisty sports don't really get that much attention because the school isnt really known for sports. The intramural sports are a great way to meet new people that share a love for the sport but the rec center is beautiful. You wouldn't miss it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Cal Poly is one of the best bang for your buck engineering schools. They provide you with networking opportunities which really make it easier to get a job after graduation. This school already has a great reputation and if you work hard, getting a job will be a piece of cake.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had some amazing teachers who know more than I can imagine about their subject and work hard to make their class engaging. There are always outliers, but they didn't color my experience negatively. I would say the two things I would change is the registration system (I have a 7am and couldn't get the classes I needed in my first rotation), and the food. Off campus, the party culture is a bit intense, but can be avoided. I have more memories here that I cherish than I can even list. You won't be sorry you came to Cal Poly.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Since CalPoly is number two for architecture, I have known many students who get amazing jobs right out of college in their field. Internships abound, and though I chose not to do one after my first year I know many people who did.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This past year, there have been more sexual assaults than I expected, but they were all at frat houses/nearby. I believe that they are still below the national average, and huge campaigns were begun in the aftermath of these occurrences, with good results. As a woman, I feel comfortable, but after seeing some of the campus-wide emails sent out I think more can be done.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms don't have elevators, which makes move in hard. They do have a great social scene, but living in a triple was rough. I'm moving to on-campus apartments, which are better on the inside but look institutional in the hallways. Could be a lot better, but could be worse. Very clean, usually.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't really know what they do besides partying, but there are other clubs and organizations beyond the Panhellenic that are better (major oriented, ethnic groups, etc.)

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most varsity sports don't get huge turn-outs, with outliers like the CalPoly vs. UCSB game and others. Intramurals have a large following, and everyone is very active. The rec center is top- notch.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Cal Poly, and the people I've met. Hiking to the P, going to the beach, or pulling all nighters in studio (arch major), were somehow all equally engaging. From the first moment I stepped on campus, I was enveloped in WOW (orientation week) activities, and the friends I made there I still have to this day. I wouldn't trade CalPoly for the world, nor the experiences I've had here.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big on campus, but students do not revolve their lives around it. Greek life is very inclusive and I have many friends in other sororities or who are not even in Greek life. Greek life is a great way to be involved and connect with people who you probably wouldn't have crossed paths with since it's such a big campus. The houses aren't that big but Greek housing is available.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Games are fun to go to with the right group of people, but they are sadly not a huge part of campus life. People mostly only go to the games against our biggest rivals, and no one cares to go to any other games. The athletic facilities are very nice, and our student rec center is a great renovated place to workout and participate in intramurals.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Learn by doing is the best college experience I could get. I am very in interested in my classes. I love how many of the classes are not huge lectures, so you could have a better connections with your professors and classmates. While registration sucks, it is definitely worth it in the long run.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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