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

3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014

Decent program, doesn't waive tuition for teaching like most others.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is run by very capable people and is the only one its kind in the Western US. It allows the traditional on campus students and the non-traditional online students equal access to a great resource with an easy to access curriculum.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2015

Overall, I've really enjoyed my time at Cal Poly. The one major problem I have with the program is the lack of graduate student community within the department. I have no cohort of other students with whom to network and share common experiences. There is a lot of independence in the program, which for me is ok but might be a challenge for other students. That said, my instructors have been fantastic. I would recommend the program, but with some reservations.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2014

We get a hands-on learning approach to teaching and what it is like in a classroom. The downside is that we are not in a classroom full time, and will likely have to move to a different school before experiencing the classroom atmosphere full-time
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014

The professors, community and network make this school top notch.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013

I just finished my bachelor's degree at Cal Poly, and am going to start my master's degree this fall. Cal Poly is becoming more and more competitive, and the student body shows it. Cal Poly has some of the brightest students in California.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

The faculty are often burdened with excessive teaching loads and do not provide the support graduate students need to conduct research. They are often caught up in their work or research that they either do not have the time nor the interest for students. The program is not very rigorous however the San Luis Obispo area is phenomenal and provides a bounty of active and social opportunities.
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

I really like the program. It works for me.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate program that I am attending for the helping profession really strives to prepare me in the best ways possible both clinically and academically. The program offers perspectives from a multicultural standpoint which I appreciate and think is highly critical in the field of Psychology. The program also offers a great deal of hands-on training through an on-campus clinic where we see members from the community as well as a traineeship out in the community to get more relevant experience. My cohort is also very close and we work together to help each other be the best therapists that we can be by providing honest feedback and constructive criticism. The professors are also accessible to answer any questions or concerns and when working in the clinic, they are available 24/7. There really aren't a lot of cons for my program and I wouldn't change going anywhere else if I had the choice. I would say that some of the classes taken are a little repetitive, but there is no harm in extra training. Also some of the professors aren't as prepared as others for certain classes but again we can't always have the perfect teachers. Overall, I definitely think that I will feel accomplished and prepared to head into the real world once I have graduated and am looking for a job.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo offers a lot in terms of its graduate programs. They are very adamant about their Learn by Doing philosophy and uphold it in many courses. My only issue is the student body is not very diverse.
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