California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA
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California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Review

San Luis Obispo, CA, 1 Grand Ave.
College Review
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Career Preparation A+
Students and Culture A+
Facilities A
Activities and Groups A
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Excellent

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 20,944 students and offering 100 degrees in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Engineering
1,551 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
106
17
Architectural Engineering
30
Architecture
166
12
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
93
13
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning
35
25
Civil Engineering
164
21
Computer Engineering
94
Computer Software Engineering
24
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
146
28
Engineering
38
Engineering/industrial Management
0
Engineering Science
18
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
46
Industrial Engineering
75
4
Industrial Technology/technician
53
Landscape Architecture
55
Manufacturing Engineering
14
Materials Engineering
51
Mechanical Engineering
203
20
Natural Resources/conservation
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Business
897 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
50
Business Administration and Management
729
34
Business Administration, Management and Operations
0
Economics
83
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Agriculture
887 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Business Operations
145
4
Agricultural Business and Management
93
1
Agricultural Communication/journalism
10
Agricultural Engineering
17
Agricultural Mechanization
45
Agriculture
17
Agronomy and Crop Science
55
Animal Sciences
200
Dairy Science
44
Food Science
44
Forestry
39
0
Horticultural Science
7
Natural Resources Management and Policy
53
Ornamental Horticulture
6
Soil Science and Agronomy
7
Viticulture and Enology
100
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Education and Liberal Arts
611 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Agricultural Teacher Education
32
18
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
68
Education
55
English Language and Literature
105
11
Foreign Languages and Literatures
16
Health and Physical Education/fitness
136
2
Liberal Arts
81
Rhetoric and Composition
0
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
87
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Mathematics and Science
525 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
60
Biology
235
7
Chemistry
42
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences
22
Mathematics
74
7
Microbiology
19
Physics
36
0
Polymer Chemistry
4
Statistics
19
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Human and Social Sciences
446 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
8
History
54
2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
18
Philosophy
18
Political Science
69
Psychology
143
11
Public Administration
6
Social Sciences
52
Sociology
65
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Computer Technology
226 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
91
13
Graphic Communications
122
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Art and Design
135 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
24
Fine Arts
96
Music
15
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Hospitality
128 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
128
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Healthcare
115 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Dietetics/dietitian
115
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Communication and Media
82 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
82
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
12
Trades and Careers
66 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Engineering
66
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
13
Legal and Law
22 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Fire Protection
6
Fire Services Administration
16
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship (Department of Food Science and Nutrition)
Didactic Program in Dietetics
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A+ Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Education, Class of 2001

The program required work experience hours directly related to the degree

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

I remember they provided interviews with companies in our fields for us.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology, Class of 2003

Career center, career fairs, senior project

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Business , Class of 1972

a philosophy of learning by doing

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business Admin, Class of 2011

"Learn by doing" philosophy, all hands-on classes, less lectures, senior project where you do a real world event/product/business

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1981

There motto is Learn by Doing so you get hands on experience vs theoretical. Also, they had good programs with companies if you wanted to do 3 month or 6 month work experience programs.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nutrition, Class of 2004

Cal Poly is a "learn by doing" school. We completed many volunteer hours in the community as part of our course credit. We also had many guest speakers who worked in the real world so we could learn first hand what is was like to work in the area of nutrition and dietetics.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science, Class of 1992

Lots of alum support and also internships in the field of study

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Construction Management, Class of 1990

Learn-By-Doing, hands-on education opportunities, as well as current industry professionals as professors.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BSEL, Class of 1984

Practical application. A lot of hands-on. Very few, if any, socialist instructors.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2010

Learn by doing curriculum, extensive alumni involvement

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

Fast paced quarter system, many labs, real projects.

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Education, Class of 2001

Students in my program were full time employees and already working in the field.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Business , Class of 1972

Bright, driven students in a positive environment

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business Admin, Class of 2011

Really fun party atmosphere but everyone was very intelligent and hardworking, beach culture but also citylike almost

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

Relaxed. It has a lot of engineering and agriculture studies.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1981

Casual. Lots of different studies, from tech to Ag.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nutrition, Class of 2004

Mostly white, 50/50 male to female ratio, relaxed environment but very competitive at the same time.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science, Class of 1992

Big agriculture school, mostly white students

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Poly Sci, Class of 1981

hard working, salt of the earth

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business, Class of 2006

Promotes hands on, practical experience.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BSEL, Class of 1984

With the exception of the athletes and the home-ec majors, the students at Cal Poly tend to be studious, and have firm career paths in mind prior to enrolling.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

Naturally a lot of nerds, but most are free of the major stereotypes. More than 1/10 of the student body goes dancing every week. Lots of outdoorsy folks.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

I don't know nowadays. The computer we used took up a whole room!

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology, Class of 2003

When I was there, dorms and food were not great. Things have gotten much bettet

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS - Business , Class of 1972

A mix of old and new.... not as good as some colleges

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business Admin, Class of 2011

They were renovating while I was there so they're probably even better now, but labs/classes were very upgraded, dorms were a little small but not bad

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

Laboratories were advanced. The library was extensive with many places to study alone or in groups. The class sizes were smaller at least for my major, around 40 people. The dining halls were nice, but the campus had a few additional choices beyond the dining halls.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1981

At the time, they were great. I am guessing they have improved.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nutrition, Class of 2004

Multiple new dorms, campus wide dining program spread all over the campus, many computer labs, new equipment in food science labs

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Landscape Architecture, Class of 2008

continuing to be upgraded. lack funding

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BSEL, Class of 1984

At the time, many buildings were older and very functional. Unfortunately, they did add some horrible buildings that are more of a maze than something really efficient..

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2010

State of the art & extensive

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

Well equipped computer labs, albeit typically loaded with too much software so they're a little slow. The dorms are good, the food is overpriced and mediocre. The majority of classrooms are equipped with computer projectors. The grounds are kept clean, both by helpful students and good maintenance staff.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 17 Reviews
Alumni
Education, Class of 2001

The agricultural emphasis of the campus. I especially like the horse barn.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business major w/ a concentration in accounting, Class of 1978

the Rose Bowl Parade float committee

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Microbiology, Class of 2003

Ski club, beach volleyball, bike night

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Business Admin, Class of 2011

Club sports were almost better than varsity (I'm biased) and incredibly fun, greek life seemed huge if you were in it but probably not overwhelming if you weren't

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Environmental Engineering, Class of 2008

Bowling and billiards as classes; horse stables.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Computer Science, Class of 1981

They had something for everyone - hard to remember back then, the specifics.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Nutrition, Class of 2004

Every Thursday is club day where clubs meet campus wide from 11-12. There is a large and brand new gym facility with Olympic sized swimming pool. There is a performing arts center that attracts stars/acts from all over the world and students can get in with a student discount. Sports activities/games.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Food Science, Class of 1992

Greek system is strong and also

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Construction Management, Class of 1990

The Rose Parade float group is unique in that the two Cal Poly campuses (SLO and Pomona) each build half of a float and assemble them in Pasadena. Also, Poly Canyon offers a wonderful opportunity to build real-life projects.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Poly Sci, Class of 1981

Very divese so hard to answer

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BSEL, Class of 1984

Going to the beach, surfing, biking and hiking.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2013

There's a group for everyone at this school, from electronics to rocket building to dancing. Greek life is also popular. There are pickup games of volleyball and ultimate frisbee several days a week.

Rated January 2016
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