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Best Dorm at Cal Poly?


Replies to: Best Dorm at Cal Poly?

  • hbparentshbparents Registered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
    My son is a freshman living in Cerro Vista. It was his first choice, and he couldn't be happier. He gets some campus meals from his meal plan, which are expensive and he is getting pretty tired of the food. But more important he is learning how to take care of himself in preparation for living in an apartment. He does have to shop for food, cook meals, and clean dishes. But the empowering feeling that he is getting by being able to take care of himself, and study and get good grades, and also socialize in his free time is something that a parent can only hope for. He really has matured in the short time he has been there. But it is most important that you choose the life style that fits your needs. For some, that is the dorms. And socialization is not limited to your living quarters. My son goes to a lot of the events and productions on campus, as well as going into town.
  • tornadostornados Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
    Does anyone know how they handle the incoming freshmen who have not heard yet if they are accepted vs the ones who have (and are already snapping up all the dorm rooms). I hardly think that is fair. For those of us who had portfolios to submit, our deadline for submission was just last week. The portfolios are just now being reviewed and we are not supposed to hear anything for about three weeks. What will we have left in the way of dorm rooms with every other major getting first choice?
  • gotpetergotpeter Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    tornados, call Housing @ 805-756-1226. They have been quite helpful when I had questions.
  • momofmvmomofmv Registered User Posts: 595 Member
    hbparents Thank you for the great comments about your son and his Cerro Vista experience! You are right to be proud of his new independence and I hope that my son will enjoy learning some of the same life skills when if he lives there. I think my son will be able to find a balance of social life and being able to study while living in Cerro Vista. It sound slike a great place for him and kids like yours. Thanks again!
  • NTKS17NTKS17 Registered User Posts: 549 Member
    Cerro Vista is pretty much what you make of it. If you stay locked up in your room all day, of course you aren't going to meet people. But if you make an effort to go to weekly events in the community center and get to know people from your classes, you can easily make tons of friends. And you get a much nicer living situation. Dishes are not a problem. Just wash them right after your done using them. It'll only take a couple minutes and that way they will never pile up and there will be no confusion over whose dirty dishes are in the sink. Cerro is probably a very different experience from the dorms, but everyone I know that lives here loves it.
  • momofmvmomofmv Registered User Posts: 595 Member
    NTKS17 Another great comment about Cerro Vista! I love the advice about keeping up with the dirty dishes. Weekly events at the community center sounds like fun and I agree that you can make friends in classes and in your dorm. We also like how clean and new they are. When we have walked around the area of Cerro Vista, it seems so nice and there were people relaxing in their rooms and going to classes. Everyone was walking with a friend or saying hi to someone.
  • polygirl16polygirl16 Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    I'm going to CP and I chose Sierra Madre and Yosemite for my first choices as a freshman because there are a lot of people in those dorms and it's more social, which I think all freshman need in order to make new friends. Yes, it will be louder because of the people, but IMO it's just a sacrifice I can deal with.

    My third choice was Tenaya because it is the red brick for Business and would have people around to help me if I was having trouble with a class.

    But that's just me.
  • eduparenteduparent Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Santa Lucia was a good experience as a freshman. It was easy to meet other engineering majors in the building. Freshman engineering students tend to have some of the same courses, so my son was able to take courses with dorm friends or meet new dorm friends. He had a night class the first quarter and found someone to walk back to the dorm. There's usually someone down the hall who wanted a dinner partner, so he didn't have to eat out by himself. When his computer crashed, just go down the hall and someone could help. There were roommate issues but that's a part of growing up. If the roommate was too noisy, just go to someone else's room to study. Want someone to play video games with, not a problem. Want to be by yourself for a while, that's OK too. The students up & down the hallway developed trusting friendships. That's where my son met his future roommates. By the second year, he was ready for a private room. In his particular case, if he had stayed in Cerro as a freshman, he would have been more isolated. Yes, there were pros and cons for living in the red bricks, but overall, a rewarding and growing experience.
  • ralph4ralph4 Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    Both my sons were in Santa Lucia (Engineering dorm) their freshman year. Their experiences were just like eduparent described in the above post. I could have written the exact same thing about my son.
  • NiklasKNiklasK Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    So if I'm an engineering and I choose some of the more social dorms like Sierra Madre or Tenaya am I going to have any trouble finding other engineering majors or do they just congregate in Santa Lucia? Also I noticed on the map that Sierra Madre is on the far side of campus and seems kind of isolated by the rest of the school, is there any merit to that? How fars the nearest dining hall?
  • 2Leashes2Leashes Registered User Posts: 1,632 Senior Member
    Sierra Madre isn't isolated at all. It's not even that far from South Mountain (red bricks). We were just there a week ago and found it very easy to walk across Grand Ave. to the center of campus. Yosemite is right next to Sierra Madre and a bit further away, but not much. Now Poly Canyon is definitely up there! You would need a bicycle to get down the hill. But those aren't until sophomore year. By then you'll have your walking legs. Cerro Vista is a wee bit further away than the dorms, but not that bad. Compared to some campuses I've seen, I would say the residence halls are in close proximity to classes, etc.

    I think I saw a dining hall right next to Sierra Madre.

    NiklasK wrote:

    So if I'm an engineering and I choose some of the more social dorms like Sierra Madre or Tenaya am I going to have any trouble finding other engineering majors or do they just congregate in Santa Lucia? Also I noticed on the map that Sierra Madre is on the far side of campus and seems kind of isolated by the rest of the school, is there any merit to that? How fars the nearest dining hall?
  • CalMom05CalMom05 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    Does anyone know if my son can change his housing choice picks once he has submitted his application?
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    CalMom, the way I read the form, it looks like they can log in and change it. I'm hoping they're in line based on when they first submitted the form, and later changes don't reset that :). D wants to take a good look at all the choices during Open House. We didn't go into any of the dorms during our visit in the fall.
  • momofmvmomofmv Registered User Posts: 595 Member
    Yes he can! I saw something about that in the housing application. You can change dorm choices and add roommate preferences up until June 1st I believe and still keep your priority spot. Where did your son choose and what does he want to change to?
  • CalMom05CalMom05 Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    He wants a social, typical, college dorm experience. We filled it out in a hurry and picked Sierra Madre as #1, Yosemite as # 2, and Cerro as #3. We probably want to change his third choice, but we want to check out the housing options in person first when we go visit in a couple of weeks.
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