since Cal Poly is the school I've been wanting to go to, I've been doing LOTS of research on past experiences of those who had applied and then got rejected.
I know of many people (both from reading their experiences online/people I know personally) who have had VERY high stats, yet got rejected.
Someone I knew last year recently told me that they had a 4.3 GPA, a 33 ACT, a 2140 (around there) SAT, took summer college courses, had a job related to their engineering major, and had over 20 hours a week of ECs with a leadership role, but still got rejected for mechanical engineering.
I understand that mechanical eng. is REALLY competitive, but this person literally had almost perfect stats, yet got rejected?? Doubt they were lying to me because this kid is one of those serious overachievers, so I doubt he exaggerated or anything. At least he got into Berkeley, but it just shocks me how Cal Poly denied him?
Then there was someone else who applied for computer science, had slightly lower stats. APPLIED ED, 4.1 GPA, 30 ACT, 20+ hours of EC with leadership role. They got rejected too for both ED and RD!
Also someone with 4.05 GPA, 31 ACT, not sure about their EC hours, applied for some type of engineering (I forgot which) and got rejected as well....
It honestly scares me since I'm planning on applying for an engineering major and my stats would be considered a joke compared to those I've mentioned above....
What I'm wondering is are there other factors other than the numbers itself? For example: gender, race, school/area they came from, family income, family education level, etc.? Even though I find it unfair how someone with low stats may have a better chance of getting in just because both their parents didn't graduate from high school........
I know technically it would be "illegal", but it really makes no sense how these *almost* perfect people get rejected. So if these people with high stats get rejected, what is Cal Poly even looking for? People with absolutely PERFECT scores and GPAs? It seems to make no sense to me.
I've read that sometimes they reject very overqualified students because they think they'll end up going to an Ivy League or Cal or something, but if that's the case, how does the average admittance stats remain so high? And also, explain the people with high stats who applied ED who got rejected..
**oh yeah, and the GPAs I mentioned were their CSU/Cal Poly calculated GPAs.