California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 36 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: NASAD
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Small
  • Student Population: 20,944 (20,049 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,267 in-state; $19,195 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The faculty, the learning environment, and motivation of all involved in the program have made this journey a very valuable one. I have not only learned through instruction, but learned about myself, my peers, and my community. This program is more than a degree, it is an opportunity to improve the lives of many on an intimate level. It has been an exceptional experience, one filled with academic and personal challenges, but always with the best support system alongside me.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The major pro of the graduate program is the 'hands-on' approach to the education. The intent of this is to provide real-world, practical, tangible knowledge to prepare the student body for the real-world demands of the industry. One possible con to consider about the graduate program is how small it is. While that can provide a more intimate experience (which can be good), there are a limited graduate student body available as peers to complete the program with.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2011

This program was exceptional. Student were held to high standards to demonstrate research ability and practitioner skills as a counselor. Extremely reputable program and supportive faculty.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

I love my graduate program. The faculty are amazing and very accessible. They are on top of the material and are experts in their field. I feel like the work is definitely manageable, but challenging like a grad program should be. The community is beautiful and a nice small town to focus on your studies. I do however feel like the school overall is lacking in diversity, and the places to live can be a bit costly. As a first generation, low income Latina, I think I was able to afford as much as I have because of the financial aid I have received. (Thank goodness for public schools)!
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Cal poly pomona is a great school with beautiful campus. Has a amazing reputation among employers and when you mention you are studying or graduating from cal poly pomona, people really respect the school. Learning by doing is cal poly,s motto and they are truly doing it. Our faculty, specially Dr Abedini is always available to help students in their every aspects of their life, personal to professional. Parking is a little difficult but they have free shuttle program. I am really enjoying meeting diverse people from all over the world and learning from very knowledgable and caring professors.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014

The grad program at Cal Poly is extremely challenging and also very achievable. The quality of instruction forces students to have a deep understanding of their field of study. I love the department and love that the faculty and staff are always available to help out.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

I have been throughly enjoying numerous aspects of the graduate program at Cal Poly. The university provides useful academic resources, including a comfortable and quiet Library, an abundance of research tools and accessible faculty and professors. One unique element of the program is that the graduate program at Cal Poly is fairly small, therefore grad students receive additional benefits such as private study space, exclusive labs and a chance to develop personal relationships with the faculty. The surrounding area also provides students with the chance to engage in a vibrant social scene. There is a charming downtown area with local coffee shops, pubs and restaurants, several hiking spots and opportunities to get involved with native community organizations. Navigating your way through campus and the surround city is fairly simple once you are acquainted with the area by car, bus or bike. I would say the only negative aspect of my experience at Cal Poly so far, is a lack of cultural and ethnic diversity. In my graduate program of about thirty students, we have two non-white students. I think students as well as the university as a whole would greatly benefit from making cultural diversity a top priority in the future. Besides that, I would highly recommend the City and Regional graduate program at Cal Poly to any prospective students.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2012

The pros of this program are the "learn by doing" approach, highly competent professors that know how to present course material in a relatable and efficient manner, and the intensity at which we are expected to work. The cons are the expenses and cost of living of going to school here. More grants and fellowships should be available for this program.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

I wish the faculty would be more accessible. Overall I think the FPE graduate program at Cal Poly is definitely a great program and the only program of its kind in the Western US.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013

I really enjoyed my experience in the multiple subjects credential program at Cal Poly. I feel like I received a quality education and subsequently feel that I will be ready to be an elementary school teacher once I complete my last quarter of student teaching. Thank you Cal Poly!
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