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Anyone have questions about anything?

NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
edited January 2012 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
I'm currently a third year English major with a history minor at Cal Poly. If any recently admitted students have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them :)
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  • michael2michael2 Registered User Posts: 632 Member
    Are there any single rooms in the dorms, i.e. other than Cerro Vista?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Generally no. Unless you are an RA, the only way you can end up with a single in any of the dorms other than cerro or poly canyon is if your roommate gets kicked out or leaves school. Even then you may end up getting a new roommate.
  • charlenedcharlened Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    what's your opinion on the dorms? i'm leaning towards sierra madre / yosemite because im worried the engineering red brick will be too quiet with not enough of the social aspect of school. i don't really consider myself the typical engineer personality.. not to stereotype anybody but that's what i've heard in the past.
    have you heard anything about the engineering red bricks before?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Well not all the engineers at poly fall into that engineer stereotype. I mean, some do, but there are a lot who don't so don't let that deter you from the redbricks. I lived in cerro my freshman year, so I don't know exactly how things were in the dorms, but I'm pretty sure any dorm (including the engineering redbrick Santa Lucia) is louder than cerro was when I lived there. Yosemite and Sierra Madre are definitely known as being the really social dorms though.
  • michael2michael2 Registered User Posts: 632 Member
    How loud was it in Cerro? Did you ever have to wear ear-plugs when you slept? Is there a lot of partying? Also, I am fairly shy, so how difficult will it be for me to meet people if I go to Cerro?

    Are there few engineering majors in the Cerro Vista apartments? Are there any generalizations you can make about the type of people who live in Cerro?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Cerro was definitely not very loud at all. I never had to wear ear plugs, and I think it's generally pretty quiet at night throughout all of cerro. As for meeting people, it's probably quite different from the dorms. It's possible to go the entire year without even seeing your neighbors. If you make a good effort to reach out to people, you should be able to make some friends. However, if you're fairly shy (like me), I would not recommend living in cerro your freshman year. Living in a dorm and sharing a room with someone may not seem like the ideal living arrangement, but I think there are very few people who regret choosing to live in the dorms. There are definitely times where I wish I had chosen to live in a dorm instead of cerro my first year. I don't know exactly how many engineering majors live in cerro, but you're practically guaranteed to run into at least a few. In fact, now that I think about it, probably half the people I met in cerro were engineers. The stereotype of cerro kids is that they're antisocial. This of course isn't true. Sure, some of them are, but the large majority are not.
  • bystander95014bystander95014 Registered User Posts: 87 Junior Member
    are the decisions rolling or come out one day

    when do they typically start giving out dcisions?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    It's kind of rolling, I think. Everyone finds out around the same time, but usually not the exact same day. I've heard that the decisions are announced by department.
  • jakotatiojakotatio Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Do you know anyone that was deferred during EA and then accepted regular?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    I don't remember talking to many people about whether they were admitted EA or regular, so I don't know anyone who was deferred EA and then accepted regular, but that doesn't mean it has never happened to anyone.
  • david12345david12345 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    I have a friend going there now and she says the liberal arts college is the second easiest college to get into for certain majors because it's so large. Is that true?

    Also, what type of financial assistance programs at Cal Poly SLO are there? I'm commuting a half hour and my friend told me the parking permits cost $150 per quarter.

    Also, what other type of programs are their for financially strained commuter students?
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Majors in the college of liberal arts vary difficulty of getting accepted into them, but I'd say they are easier to get into than like engineering. I'm not sure if it's cause the college of liberal is large though, I've never heard that before. Parking permits cost $165 per quarter if you live on campus. If you're a commuter (you live off campus) it's cheaper ( I think around $115/quarter). I don't know much about what type of financial aid/scholarships are available. There are some scholarships available through individual departments I think, and some stuff through the school as well.
  • prayerssaprayerssa Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Do you know anyone who has appealed for SLO and ended up being accepted? Also, if I applied for early decision and am rolled into the regular decision pool, when would be an appropriate time to appeal?
  • prayerssaprayerssa Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    And Jakotatio, my friend last year was deferred for early decision and accepted for regular.
  • michael2michael2 Registered User Posts: 632 Member
    I go to a school that offers few AP courses and I was thinking about self-studying to take some of the exams. I am a senior. Last year I took physics and calculus. The calculus class was not AP, but it was intended to prepare for the AB AP test, which I passed with a four. I have been accepted early decision into materials engineering at Cal Poly.

    This year I am taking statistics. Some of the AP tests I have considered preparing for are Calculus BC, Statistics, and Physics C. When I consulted my former physics/calculus teacher who also was an engineer he suggested that I take the Calculus BC exam, but not physics C. I mentioned to him that the four year graduation rates were low at Cal Poly, and I thought that more APs would make it more likely that I could graduate in time.

    He told me that the math is the main reason engineering majors don't graduate in time and that if I am taking more advanced maths I will understand the physics better, but not the other way around. He said that physics C is quite challenging and that I would be better off going with the regular physics sequence. As for statistics, he thinks I'll have to retake it anyway, but from what I've read I'm not sure about that.

    Do you agree or disagree with this idea? What is the best course of action for me to take?
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