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Reviews 2943 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: PCV is farthest from campus and but has the nicest rooms, while the red brick dorms are closer to campus and more social but also not as nice and very cramped.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but I have many friends that are. Participation doesn't affect the college experience very much, but Greek social circles can definitely be cliquey.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Cal Poly soccer and basketball are very popular among students. We have an amazing recreation center that everyone is really proud of, as well as a well organized intramural sport program.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Cal Poly students have great character and are friendly and outgoing. Teachers are always helpful and the small class size creates a small school feel at a big school.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like everything about it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's a great way to get to know others.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've no opinion on the matter.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's always fun to attend a sporting event and meet new people.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here.....everyone is so nice and happy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have connected with like minded individuals. This has helped me pursue my passions even more.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: During WOW and SOAR we talked a lot about these things. I think everyone is very informed.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Super easy application. No essay or letters of rec.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Yosemite is great! There's always something happening and it has a great vibe. There's a study room on the first floor and plenty of study spaces in the community center so don't worry about it being too loud, you have plenty of close options. Also, it's nice being closer to off-campus parties!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm personally not in Greek life but I always go to Frat parties and they're a lot of fun!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our rec center is heavenly. Period.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: At first, Cal Poly was just a school I decided to apply to. After getting accepted to all the schools I wanted to like UCSB, UC Davis, Santa Clara, USD, and more, I didn't really think about Poly's acceptance too much. When I visited it was a cloudy day and honestly, I wasn't very impressed with the school. However, I chose Cal Poly because of the price, all the good things I heard about the school, and because my parents just really loved it.

Fast forward to now.

I'm a freshman and I couldn't be happier! I love cal poly with all my heart, the atmosphere is great! I know I've already made lifelong friends, my classes are intellectual and interesting, my professors are fantastic in all aspects, the campus is absolutely gorgeous (especially after a few rainy days), and SLO is such a welcoming town for college students. I am so proud to be a mustang and I'm so glad that even though I wasn't too thrilled about the school at first, I still have it a chance because everyone told me how good of a school it was. Best decision of my life!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus itself is very safe; most incidents happen off-campus but nearby.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most professors are reasonable and seem to care about how their students perform. Class sizes are generally small (largest are probably 150-200, but those are rare) but very difficult to get into while registering.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People coming out of Poly seem to have very good career prospects.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing experience varies greatly from dorm to dorm, most people in PCV/North mountain seem to have very negative experiences while those in the Redbricks and towers are generally positive.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't expect to go to ANY parties (regardless of your year) unless you rush. Most of the fraternities/sororities seem to have a pretty negative image among the rest of the student population.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Soccer, basketball, and baseball seem to be big, but the rest of the programs (including football) seem pretty small relative to other schools.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Strong in academia, weak in most everything else. CP Corporation's allocation of funds seems to favor earning the school more money as opposed to providing a good experience for students. Many or most of the buildings are very dated, maintenance in on-campus housing is poor (lack of facilities for students, issues like no hot water left unfixed for weeks). It feels like there are not nearly enough class sections to accommodate all students, and getting into any major classes (especially engineering) is a struggle.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not much crime on campus. Lots of safety measures available for students

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes can be overwhelming with the work load and long when you have three hour labs, but professors are also very understanding and caring

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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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