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Mechanical engineering at CPP

Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
edited May 2012 in Cal Poly Pomona
Okay so first ima ask how good are my chances to get into this school. Im only a junior,
3.9 gpa uw
ACT 22 (will take it again next year)
Please let me know what my chances are so far.

Also how rigorious is the school overall? And how hard is it for engineering classes. Is it the stereotypical engineering hell type of classes or not so bad? Finally how is mechanical engineering overall?
Thank you
Post edited by Dimas1227 on

Replies to: Mechanical engineering at CPP

  • CEinCaliCEinCali Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    We need to know other factors:

    Are you in the local-serving area?
    What are your math and reading SATs?

    Your GPA is solid! Where else are you applying? Also, for what I heard from some ME friends, the toughest classes are dynamics and thermodynamics. Some classes are the in the stereotypical insanely-tough-to-pass range. For midterms and finals, the engineering buildings are gushing while all other humans sleep... so yeah... demanding, but fun!!!!
  • Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Im sorry but what does local serving area mean. (Sorry if dumb question)
    Well i go to a disadvantaged school, but im doing everything i can in my school to prepare me. I've taken auto-cad classes if it helps? Im barely taking the SAT this june.
    Ill apply to ucr, ucsd, sdsu, long beach, and a few more (any ideas? )
    Yikes ME is sounding scarier as i get closer to college, but hard equals big reward right?
    Thank you!
  • bl4ke360bl4ke360 Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    The best advice I can give you is to practice sleeping less than 2 hours a night a few nights every week during the summer before your first quarter starts, to prepare yourself. That way by the time the quarter starts you'll be used to it.
  • CEinCaliCEinCali Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    This is what CPP says about its locally-defined area:


    How has Cal Poly Pomona defined its local area?

    Cal Poly Pomona's local service schools for fall 2011 includes 44 public and 9 private/parochial schools from the following school districts:

    " How has Cal Poly Pomona defined its local area?

    Local Area School Districts:

    *Azusa Unified
    *Baldwin Park Unified
    *Bassett Unified
    *Bonita Unified
    *Chaffey Joint Union High
    *Charter Oak Unified
    *Chino Valley Unified
    *Claremont Unified
    *Covina Valley Unified
    *Glendora Unified
    *Hacienda-La Puente Unified
    *LA County of Education*
    *Pomona Unified
    *Rowland Unified
    *Upland Unified
    *Walnut Valley Unified
    *West Covina Unified
    *International Polytechnic High School (located on Cal Poly Pomona campus)

    Local Area Private Schools: Bishop Amat Memorial High-Catholic, Damien High-Catholic, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Catholic, Lutheran, Ontario Christian, Pomona Catholic, St. Lucy’s Priory, Webb School and Western Christian Schools"

    So basically if you did not attend one of these, you are considered "outside the local service area".
  • Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Just 2 hours!? Thats it? For some days only tho right? I figured finals week would obviously be hell, but i didnt know those nights happen periodically.
    Why so? What happens that will make me suffer so much in engineering?
    Thank you though and sorry if i sound stupid.

    Then i guess I'm not in the local service area, i live about 2 hrs east in a small town. Thank you

    Any other important info. Or tips? About engineering or college overall.
    Thanks ppl
  • Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Just 2 hours!? Thats it? For some days only tho right? I figured finals week would obviously be hell, but i didnt know those nights happen periodically.
    Why so? What happens that will make me suffer so much in engineering?
    Thank you though and sorry if i sound stupid.

    Then i guess I'm not in the local service area, i live about 2 hrs east in a small town. Thank you

    Any other important info. Or tips? About engineering or college overall.
    Thanks ppl
  • CEinCaliCEinCali Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    I would recommend a well-disciplined study scheduled than cramming for midterms and finals. It's been discussed that deprivation of sleep causes:

    Impaired memory and thought processes.
    Depression.
    Decreased immune response.

    From time to time you have to do a project and will be force to work overnight. Plan ahead, drink plenty of fluids, and be well-fed. As engineers we have access to our engineering buildings 24/7, so you can take a nap in rooms with couches, lounges, etc.

    Stages of Sleep: REM and Non-REM Sleep Cycles
  • bl4ke360bl4ke360 Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    Just 2 hours!? Thats it? For some days only tho right? I figured finals week would obviously be hell, but i didnt know those nights happen periodically.
    Why so? What happens that will make me suffer so much in engineering?

    It's not that big of a deal after you get used to it so I wouldn't worry about it. If you want to get a lot of sleep then you won't have time to do anything else other than schoolwork, so you'll probably prefer getting less sleep because that way you'll have time to do other things.
  • Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Alright then so be healthy and just study throughly every week. Get some sleep but adapt to less. Finally just get used to the system so i can balance a social life, school and sleep.

    Thanks alot. Any tips or heads about anything else?
  • akadavidsmomakadavidsmom Registered User Posts: 162 Junior Member
    Don't scare the poor kid! My son studies ME at CPP and I know he gets plenty of sleep...lol. He has some difficult classes... but usually if you are planning to go into ME these classes are manageable. You will be fine. Your GPA is good, you prob need to get a better ACT score. Buy an ACT practice test book and just take the tests at home... it will help you get more familiar with the flow of the ACT. My son got an overall score of 28 on his ACT and his GPA was only a 3.55. It is getting more and more competitive though, so make sure you do good in math/science and up that ACT score. Don't freak out about never getting to sleep, etc... you'll be fine. :)
  • Dimas1227Dimas1227 Registered User Posts: 169 Junior Member
    Thank you for the comfort, and yea i believe ill do fine hopefully. I know college will be fun and hard. I just need to relax. Ill have my sleep and social time. Being an engineer is going to be one hell of a trip.

    Thank you all
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