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CalPoly or Rutgers Computer Science

idstudentidstudent Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
I am admitted to both CalPoly & Rutgers CS. I have not received any scholarship offers from CP but I am invited into Rutgers Honors College that comes with a $10K per annum renewable scholarship. Total cost of attendance (factoring the scholarship) would be about the same. At the moment I have no preference. Any inputs & suggestions are much appreciated.
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Replies to: CalPoly or Rutgers Computer Science

  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,558 Senior Member
    edited February 2016
    Theses schools are very different. There are 67,000 students at Rutgers, almost 20,000 of them are graduate students. Cal Poly only has 20,000 students. Less than 1000 are graduates and they don't offer doctorates, so very few of them are required to teach. Classes are smaller at Poly, by a lot and all taught by professors, including labs. So, on the surface, it seems like Poly is a no brainer, but that might not be the case for you.

    Rutgers has a sprawling campus, but much of it is classic, old, east coast buildings. They get four seasons. They have big time athletics. Maybe most importantly of all, regional tech jobs are easier to find where ever you go to school. If you want to live on the east coast, you'll have to work harder to find a job if you go to Poly. The reverse is true if you want to live west, but go to Rutgers.

    I want to immediately say choose Cal Poly, but it really depends on your priorities, as it does in all school selections for each individual student.

    A visit would easily help you make your decision if that's possible. Good luck.

    EDIT: I notice you're an international. That can sway things too. Cal Poly is fairly homogeneous, mostly white Californians. They are open and accepting, but you may find more students from your country at Rutgers simply because it's giant. I'd call both schools and ask them about their international students unless you are super easily adaptable and really don't care.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    edited February 2016
    Actually, I'd say call poly is relatively diverse with 12%Asian and 15% Latino.
    To me picking cal poly would be a no-brainer too. But it depends what's important to you, High may not be what's important to me, so tell us what you're looking for in a college :)
  • idstudentidstudent Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Thank you for your replies. I had a chance to visit Rutgers but not CP. Quality of education (and opportunity to get a better job) is most important to me but as an Asian, families and friends are more concerned with reputation.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    Is your family's concern a key criterion ?

    Rutgers has a relatively good reputation on the East Coast except in New Jersey.
    Cal poly is very highly thought of on the west coast, on par with some UC's.
  • BaylorpolyBaylorpoly Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    Job placement very good at Cal Poly. Great track record
  • QuintoSolQuintoSol Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    I would also choose SLO... Great school.
  • BaylorpolyBaylorpoly Registered User Posts: 415 Member
    Cal Poly has an open house on the weekend of April 14-15. If you can make it out it would be well worth the trip to help your decision.
  • idstudentidstudent Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    @MYOS1634 It is somewhat since my parents are paying for it.
    @Baylorpoly Unfortunately, I am half way around the world and still in school. I don't think I will get a chance to visit.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    Do your parents have an opinion?
    For cs, it's hard to think how you could beat a school with ties to Silicon Valley That's as highly considered as call poly. Do they have a problem with it and if so do you know what the hangup is, or was it just a question to make sure you has missed something about Rutgers?
  • GumbymomGumbymom Forum Champion UC Posts: 26,730 Forum Champion
    I would say the only downside to SLO is that it is not near any major airport so flying home will be an issue. You would have to go down to Santa Barbara (small airport but does have flights to the East Coast) or up to San Jose. I would check to see what kind of flights are available for your home and the costs involved along with getting transportation from SLO to these airports.
  • eyemgheyemgh Registered User Posts: 5,558 Senior Member
    How do you decide which is more "prestigious"? Poly is certainly way harder to get into. According to LinkedIn Apple has about 550 employees from Poly and 150 from Rutgers. It is a west coast company, but Rutgers is 3 times bigger. What metric matters to you?
  • idstudentidstudent Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Parents think Honors College is a big deal. From what I read, I am a bit concerned about dorm room and class availability (low 4-year graduation rate) at CalPoly but I know I probably will have more job offers since CP is close to Silicon Valley. At the moment I do not intend to get an MS so CP looks the way to go but it will cost more if I don't graduate in time.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    edited February 2016
    Yes, honors college at Rutgers is a big deal - if you were studying history or philosophy there'd be no doubt Rutgers Honors would be way better.
    did you apply to anything like this at Cal poly? Look into it.
    But all in all, for cs, slo is better.
  • idstudentidstudent Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    No, there were no separate application for honors college at both school. I believe both consider all applicants that apply before a certain deadline for merit scholarship.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    Merit scholarships may not exist at California poly but a special honors college may. Look into it.
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