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Cal Poly grads have highest salaries of all CSUs, higher than most UCs

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Replies to: Cal Poly grads have highest salaries of all CSUs, higher than most UCs

  • WeirdasiankidWeirdasiankid Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    "When you apply to a master's program in an engineering field, being UCB or the like, they don't base their decision on where you got your bachelor's from - its all about your GPA and GRE (correct me if I'm wrong if there's any more prerequisites)."

    Internships and research experience is pretty much necessary for getting into a grad school like ucb

    Research opportunities are not exactly plentiful in San Luis Obispo.
  • LINGUINI01LINGUINI01 Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    @Weirdasiankid there you go, I knew I was missing something.

    And of course, there is no research opportunities at SLO, its a small town --- thats why you move up to San Francisco or LA over the summer/winter and take advantage of the internships there.
  • thelazydaisythelazydaisy Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    My question is, if these same students went onto graduate school, would there be a big difference? To me this makes sense seeing as UC's prepare students for graduate school, what with all the research they conduct. Cal Poly has that "learn by doing" motto, which is appealing to employers. And, of course, the major is important.

    But wow, UC Davis was a lot lower than I expected, and UCSD a lot higher!
  • momneeds2nomomneeds2no Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    This study proves one thing. Not only do private college students graduate sooner, they make more $$$.
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    @momneeds2no‌, that conclusion is completely unsupported by that data. Students from THOSE private schools made more (and likely graduated in less time than CalPoly, while likely paying quite a bit more for the priveledge), but not all privates. PayScale data is highly flawed and over represents schools with lots of tech majors.
  • momneeds2nomomneeds2no Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    A far more comphrensive report than the "pay scale" data cited in the OP. This report contains a number of advantages: 11.3 million alumni compared to 1.4 million in Payscale; coverage for roughly 5,800 institutions compared to just 1,300.

    http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/10/29-earnings-data-college-scorecard-rothwell
  • StreamlStreaml Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Most of these sites use unverified data and/or massage it in various ways. Payscale is useless because it is based upon anonymous user submissions. Anyone can submit any salary to any school they want, nothing is verified. The real tragedy is a lot of kids rely on these types of ranking sites in their decision making process.

    This is one of the reason the Federal Government launched the CollegeScorecard.ed.gov website. It is based upon official data submitted to the Federal Government by the educational institutions and IRS data. Based on the data, the salaries of Cal Poly graduates does make the top twenty in the state, coming in at number 16. Not bad, but definitely not number one.
  • PoolShark223PoolShark223 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    @Momneeds2no: Interesting link!
    The Brookings data measures “Value-added” to median student earnings 10 years after enrollment of 2001-2002. It ranks them on a 0 to 100 scale. Based on that scale, here are the top 10 four-Year colleges in California:

    100 California Maritime Academy
    99 Alliant Int’l University
    98 University of the Pacific
    96 Cal Tech
    96 Stanford
    95 Harvey Mudd
    95 Cal State University BAKERSFIELD
    94 Cal Poly SLO
    94 Cal State University East Bay
    93 Golden Gate University

    Here are some other “notable” California colleges further down the list:

    90 USC
    89 University of Phoenix (SF)
    85 Pepperdine
    83 Cal Poly Pomona
    83 UC Davis
    77 UC Berkeley
    76 UCLA
    72 UCSD
    66 UCSB
    61 UCI
    37 Scripps College (Claremont)

    I wonder how many UC (& USC) parents know their schools are outranked not only by Cal Poly SLO but by Cal State BAKERSFIELD as well!
  • momneeds2nomomneeds2no Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    edited February 2016
    The bookings info is limited as it reflects data from students who received Federal financial aid only.

    Two key considerations, independent of federal aid: Gender and Grad school.
    Im not sure if the brookings dat controls for gender. Generally, women earn less, especially ten years after enrollment--typically age 28--when many women are taking career break to birth and raise young children. (Scripps)
    Nor, do i believe the data controls for students currently enrolled in grad school.

    Therefore, the data indicates a high correlation between career oriented, trade focused schools.
    Still, an interesting data set...
  • qsearcherqsearcher Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Some body could hate what I like & vice-versa. No offense there. A couple of questions for the folks who have found CP good as well as bad:
    - If I am serious about Algorithms & Computer Programming, will I like Cal Poly. 'Like' does not always mean 'good at' :-)
    - If CP is accepted by the industry, there must be some emphasis on the core courses in CS: Operating Systems, Algorithms, Compilers .. Any comments on this front?
    - Is CP very 'tough' academically?
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    @qsearcher, welcome to CC. Here's a little posting advice. Start a new thread. Your question is nor germane to the topic of the thread so it will be easily overlooked.

    Cal Poly is tough academically. It the CENG it is not known for grade inflation, possibly for grade deflation.

    Here's what you need to answer your question:

    http://flowcharts.calpoly.edu/downloads/mymap/15-17.52CSCBSU.pdf

    http://catalog.calpoly.edu/coursesaz/csc/
  • qsearcherqsearcher Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    Thank you.
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