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Hard to decide :(

SunshinetwentySunshinetwenty Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
Hi, it's very hard to decide where I should attend for college. Should i really pick Cal Poly Slo? How good is the agriculture program, especially for agricultural engineering?
CalPoly Slo
Pros:
My favorite major!(Agricultural Engineering) CalPoly is well known for agriculture i heard?
Good Job opportunities after graduation
Beach
Cheap cost of attendance compared to other schools
Cons:
The cal state name.. Although I don't give a crap about the name, my parents really do and it's very frustrating
The student body( little diversity)
Graduation rate :(

Replies to: Hard to decide :(

  • hopefulRomanianhopefulRomanian Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I kinda need to know what other school you are deciding against. But SLO has among the best undergrad degrees in engineering, so I wouldn't worry about making a bad choice.
  • SunshinetwentySunshinetwenty Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Oh for sure i forgot! UCSB for physics major and UC Davis for physics major
  • blindmonkeyblindmonkey Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    To help you pick the right school, you first need to decide whether you want to do physics or agriculture.

    If your goal is physics, out of the 2 UCs, UCSB is the far superior one in terms of physics.

    If you want to study agriculture, your choice should have been Cal Poly or Davis. But since you chose physics for UCD, you will need to rethink whether you want to change your major if you choose UCD.

    Cal Poly and UCD are 2 of the best agriculture schools in the US. You can't go wrong with either.

    With respect to Cal Poly's reputation, it is on par with the mid-tier UCs (UCD, UCSB, UCI) in terms of admission standards, quality of the education, and post graduation employment.

  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,014 Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    Poly and Davis both have very good Ag schools. To say they are the two best in the nation might be a bit of a stretch. There are some powerful zag schools in the Midwest.

    As for Ag Engineering, Poly would be great.

    Remember, it's your life. As a parent I understand the urge to get the most coveted sticker, but don't do something you'll later regret just to please your parents.

    As for prestige, this board is loaded with students that got into UCB, UCLA, UCSB and UCSD, but were rejected from Poly. It's a hot school and very competitive for many majors right now.
  • whenhenwhenhen Registered User Posts: 5,638 Senior Member
    Prestige in agriculture is remarkably different than general prestige. The best programs can be found in places like Oklahoma State, Iowa State, UC Davis, and possibly Cal Poly SLO (I used to live with the son of a former executive of a major food corporation and current professor at a state land grant institution). In fact the most generally renown schools do not offer agriculture related subjects which means employers must go to schools like SLO and Nebraska - Lincoln to get future soil scientists, hydrologists, etc.
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