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Cal Poly SLO Class of 2016!!!

jumperzjumperz Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited March 2013 in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
anyone else committed to SLO?? so excited!
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Replies to: Cal Poly SLO Class of 2016!!!

  • KevinJALaxKevinJALax Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    MEEEEEEEEE, so excited.
  • COparentCOparent Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    My younger daughter officially accepted Cal Poly's offer of admission a few days ago (General Engineering major). My older daughter is a second year ARCE major, so now we have 2 Mustangs in our family! Hope to see everyone at Open House next week!
  • Fanatic16Fanatic16 Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Committed Mechanical Engineer (Also doing AROTC) so these should be fun yet challenging! Gonna be a great college experience!
  • jakotatiojakotatio Registered User Posts: 74 Junior Member
    Hey COparent, I was accepted for Architectural Engineering, and comitted to Cal Poly weeks ago. What has your daughter's experience as an ARCE been like? Has she enjoyed it? Is it a lot of work relative to other majors at Cal Poly?
  • COparentCOparent Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    @jakotatio: I would say that after almost 2 years at Cal Poly, my daughter still enjoys being an ARCE major. She actually first thought she wanted to be an Architect and attended the 4-wk Summer Architecture Workshop at Cal Poly a few years ago. That convinced her that although she enjoyed the design/creativity aspect of architecture, she preferred the practicality of math and physics (she wants to know the 'right' answer), and Architectural Engineering seemed to be the perfect blend of the two. At Cal Poly, ARCE is the only engineering major that is not in the College of Engineering, it's in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She was in for a shock with the 3 quarters of Design & Visual Communication (ARCH 131, 132, 133) that she had to take with the Architecture majors her freshman year - many many hours in studio, including some all-nighters getting her projects done. Cal Poly has you jumping right in to studio work - I know other schools wait until junior year. My daughter finished the math and physics series early, so she started her ARCE major courses at the end of her freshman year. We're hoping she'll graduate in 4 years but it depends on class availability and other factors. The ARCE curriculum is pretty tough (as are all the engineering majors at Cal Poly) and requires 204 units to graduate ( http://www.arce.calpoly.edu/prospective/11-13_ARCE_Flowchart-final-1adobedreamweaver.pdf). The ARCE department at Cal Poly is great, starting with the Department Head Allen Estes. We attended the ARCE BBQ during Parent Weekend and got to meet many of the ARCE faculty members - they are a warm and friendly group. Congratulations and good luck at Cal Poly!
  • calimalicalimali Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    accepted admission a few days ago into psychology apartment, cant wait!!
  • KeypperKeypper Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Gonna major in Architectural Engineering!! Hear a lot of great things about it..

    Hope Calpoly SLO won't let me down! :D
  • nik2593nik2593 Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Can't wait to rage into slo !!!!!!
  • CaliSe4NeCaliSe4Ne Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I'm officially committed!!! So excited! Going into Industrial Engineering.
  • kschallkschall Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    So happy to see your review of cal poly and the ARCE program. My son applied to the program and will be sorely disappointed if he doesn't get in. Would you mind telling me what your daughter's admission stats were? He has been accepted at some out of state schools, but first choice is cal poly. Thanks so much!
  • COparentCOparent Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    kschall: It has been a few years, but if I can remember correctly, my older daughter's high school stats were:

    GPA: 4.56 (weighted), 3.99 (unweighted)
    SAT: 2100 (math+reading+writing)
    ACT: 31

    She took 8 AP courses and entered Cal Poly with 50 credits. She was a member of several clubs and participated in varsity and club sports. She also attended Cal Poly's summer architecture workshop during her junior year (received college credit), and was involved with the ACE (Architecture/Construction/Engineering) Mentor program in Denver for 2 years. She was accepted into the Cal Poly Honors Program her freshman year.

    She is now a 3rd year ARCE, and continues to enjoy the program. It's very hands-on and challenging, and she has developed a real camaraderie with her fellow ARCEs.

    Good luck to your son - I hope he becomes a Cal Poly Mustang!!
  • kschallkschall Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    My son was admitted to the ARCE program for the 2013 school year--he can't wait! So I have a new question, what dorm did your daughter live in her freshman year and why? Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
  • COparentCOparent Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    kschall: Congratulations to your son for being admitted to one of the top Architecture programs in the nation! My daughter was accepted into the Honors Program (Cal Poly University Honors Program - University Honors Programs - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) which is housed in one of the buildings in Cerro Vista (I think it was Cabrillo). These apartments allow more independent living while offering some social and academic support. There are 4 students per apartment, each having their own private bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room. This arrangement appealed to my daughter (she is pretty independent and likes her privacy), but I know other students find Cerro Vista too closed and less accessible. My younger daughter is a freshman BMED student at Cal Poly, and she enjoys Cerro Vista as well. She has become very good friends with her roommates as well as many of her neighbors. Your son will be spending much of his freshman year in studio, so it'll probably be nice for him to have a quiet place to sleep. Many architecture students live in Sequoia, but my older daughter didn't deal with the community bathrooms and noise level very well. It is really a personal preference. Your son should take a housing tour and see which one fits his personality best. Good luck and congratulations!!
  • kschallkschall Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Thank you so much! I think my son is leaning towards living in Sequoia because he thinks he'll get a mix of academics w/ traditional dorm experience he'd like to have. He also may apply to the Honors' Program--just doesn't want to make his schedule too difficult. Would you mind telling me what your daughter thinks of honors'? And one more question (thank you!), has your daughter found that she has been able to get her major and supporting classes okay? So much talk about it taking 5 years to graduate because of getting classes. Luckily, my son has taken a bunch of AP classes, so that will help with GEs, but curious about the major/support classes.
    Thanks again for your help! :)
  • COparentCOparent Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    kschall: Sequoia should work well for your son - since he'll be surrounded by Architecture students, it will be easy to form study groups and get lots of support. My daughters have mixed feelings about the Honors Program. They went into it with high expectations, liked the fact that it was housed in Cerro Vista (their 1st choice), thought the extra Honors courses/requirements were reasonable, and wanted to be around other high-performing students from different backgrounds. However, as engineering majors, it does add more pressure to an already difficult curriculum. After a couple of years, my older daughter chose to drop out of the program, but my younger daughter is trying to stick it out as long as possible. Regarding classes, both of my daughters have been able to get into their major and supporting classes for the most part. The key is to work out several options since you may not always get your first choice, or even your second. Registration is tricky - you have to work around your assigned rotation # (differs each quarter), and availability of classes. For upperclassmen, a limited number of priorities can also be used. My older daughter is now a junior, has had very little trouble getting into the classes she needs, and is on track to graduate in four years. She did take a couple of online GE classes during the summer of her sophomore year. Hope this helps!
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