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Cal Poly Pomona Engineering

DERPYMAXDERPYMAX Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Is it possible to graduate Cal Poly Pomona with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 4 years?

Replies to: Cal Poly Pomona Engineering

  • DERPYMAXDERPYMAX Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thanks for sharing! I am aware of the 4 year graduation pledge, but am curious how it is actually working in practice.
  • ontherailsontherails Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    Unless you are entering with lots of AP credit to take care of Calc and GE, are willing to take 17 units per quarter, then no. Mechanical engineering is a brutal major that might as well be a 5-6 year program. Even if you could take all those classes you had better maintain a good GPA as engineering employers prefer not to hire C average students.

    My son is transferring in with 70 units from community college with GE, Calc 1,2,3, statics, chemistry, and one of two physics out of the way, and he is still looking at three years assuming he can get his classes. I don't think the 4 year pledge applies to engineering. If you haven't done so already, review the ME flow chart on the web site and learn about the various courses that are required.
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 23,837 Forum Champion
    @ontherails: The 4 year pledge applies to all majors except Architecture (5 years) but the 2 year pledge for transfer excludes Engineering and Architecture unless something has changed based on the website. ME does have a 4 year pledge advisor listed but like you stated, ME students need to take a full load to have a chance at the 4 year graduation rate.

    https://academic.cpp.edu/grad_pledge/advisor_mp.aspx?id=21
  • ChemEGradFromCPPChemEGradFromCPP Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    edited April 2016
    Did you take Cal AB, Cal BC, Chem and Physics (1,2 or C) classes and pass all of them with a 4 or 5? These classes are very important for you if you want to graduate in 4 years. Did you plan on taking courses over the summer? Do you excel in physics and calculus?

    Speaking as a CPP grad who graduated in 4 years, I aware that most engineering students are unable to graduate on time because they have so many GE classes to take while not having any math and science AP credits and some of them fail classes that offer once or twice per year (thanks for the budjet cut).

    Fortunately, CPP provides a list of IGE courses that allow you to satisfy most of the GE credits by taking only 8 classes. It is a good deal, right? If you didn't get those credits, I highly recommend that you should go to take some courses, like philosophy, over the summer because IGE don't cover the C category, which is about civilization and philosophy.

    Here's my advice:
    1. Check out the official IGE website. Just google it.
    2. Check what courses you can take over the summer to boost your future schedule.
    3. Keep your eyes on the 4 years pledge
    ****4. Be prepared for calculus or science. Spend time self-studying and reading some materials that you will study in the future. If you are not good at these, the four-years pledge is just a scam, to be honest with you. Besides, If you failed a course that offers once per year, you were at risk of graduating in 5 years (This happens very often).

    Not to scare you but BE PREPARED FOR COLLEGE! REMEMBER: DO NOT FAIL!

    Graduating in 4 years is not impossible #GO BRONCO
  • collegebound1119collegebound1119 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    @ChemEGradFromCPP I am going to be an undergraduate freshman and I was wondering if AP credit in Calculus AB, BC, and English enough to help graduate on time. Also, I was wondering if summer school is covered by the Cal Grant?? Thank you!
  • ChemEGradFromCPPChemEGradFromCPP Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Passing the AP cal BC exam allows you to skip 3 calculus classes, which helps you a lot in speeding up your schedule. Besides, check your major curriculum and the AP credit transfer form. They should count AP English as an A category credit. Cal Grant is not out till the late July and it is used to pay your freshmen year fees, so I don't think it will cover your expense in summer school.
  • Sweden12Sweden12 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    From first hand knowledge, I believe it's possible because of the wide spread cheating in engineering classes. The classes are difficult so some students resort to other methods to psss. Some of the seasoned profossers do nothing about the cheating. The college of engineering knows of it but does little to stop it.
  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod Posts: 25,129 Inactive
    edited April 2016
    Actually, @Sweden12 first hand knowledge is either being the cheater or witnessing it yourself. Second hand knowledge is being told directly by someone who cheated. According to your thread, you were told this by your daughter who did not witness it herself, but was told by someone who cheated that they did so, as did others. So you have third hand knowledge.

    Also, this is on topic for this thread only by the thinnest of fringes. This should not turn into a thread about cheating at CPP or anywhere else.
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