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Best Chance?

LacrosseGoalieLacrosseGoalie Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
I'm a junior in high school, and I'm wondering what major I should choose for the best chance to get into CP. After researching, I've narrowed my list to these majors:

1. Industrial Engineering
2. Aerospace Engineering
3. Biomedical Engineering

Graphic Communication (last choice)

Weighted GPA: 4.41
GPA: 3.93
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Replies to: Best Chance?

  • momofmvmomofmv Registered User Posts: 595 Member
    All three of these majors are hard to get into, but your GPA is strong. Test scores will matter as well. Take the ACT. Cal Poly likes this test the most.

    I would guess that Industrial is the easiest of these 3 and Aerospace the toughest. Biomedical is getting very popular right now. It also depends on how many spaces they have in these majors and you never hear about that.

    Be sure to go on a campus tour and an engineering tour too. We really enjoyed that.
    My son is accepted for Materials engineering, which is one of the smallest majors in engineering. He could have gotten into most of the majors, but this one looked like the right fit for him. be sure to pick the one that looks the most interesting for you. It is tough to change once accepted.

    read the past threads here for a lot of good info. keep up the good work!
  • mattrice92mattrice92 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Any kind of engineering is hard to get into, but by your grades, you have a decent shot. As for GrC, I don't know what type of students they typically take, but I got in with a 3.5 and 1220 SAT (I'm going for sure, so ask me about it later, I suppose?), so I assume you'd be a strong candidate.
  • DrWurmDrWurm Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Biomedical Engineering is a relatively young major for Cal Poly, and I think they're accepting more of those. Cal Poly's Aero major isn't as highly rated as its other engineerings, so it's a bit easier to get into.
  • bigxcmanbigxcman Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    I would say industrial is the easiest of the group; biomed is pretty new so its not too impacted. Aerospace is tough from what i hear though.
  • gotpetergotpeter Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    Given the limiting of enrollment coupled with ever increasing demand/applications for all of Cal Poly majors, not just engineering, I'd say all bets are off as to which will be the easiest/toughest to get into in the next few years. It's a buyers market and you're the seller. I agree with Mattrice92 and suggest that you go for the major that best fits your aspirations. Don't try to 'work the system' just to get in, take AP classes and do whatever it takes to get the best scores possible on the ACT and the AP tests. Do the best you can and you'll have an excellent shot.
  • SRLAXMOMSRLAXMOM Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    If Cal Poly is your first choice than apply early decision, General Engineering. My son did that and he got in.
  • gotpetergotpeter Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    FWIW, I have heard that GE is the toughest to get into. However, I agree with SRLAXMOM on applying ED. My son did so for Aerospace Engineering last year with average stats and was accepted.
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