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Does cal poly reject 'overqualified' students?


Replies to: Does cal poly reject 'overqualified' students?

  • blablaboi1blablaboi1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    I got rejected for mechanical engineering

    GPA: 4.25
    SAT: 1330 (CR + M)
    Number of AP/Honors classes: 9th- 2, 10th- 3, 11th: 4, 12th: 6
    EC: 1-5 hr/wk
    Work: 1-5 hr/wk

    Absolutely rediculous; I got accepted into UCI with honors program for same major and how in the world did I get rejected? I thought I could at least be waitlisted.
  • lodywanglodywang Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    thats ridiculous. what are you EC's hours + volunteer?

    however, usually with a 4.25 , you should get in period. especially over people who have gotten in with 3.9's and below.

    assuming thats your UC gpa (10-12) right ?
  • lodywanglodywang Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    oops, sorry, i didnt see the bottom of you post, with the EC's and work. :)
  • blablaboi1blablaboi1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    @ lodywang
    No, 9-11th GPA
    My UC GPA is 4.27 (10th-11th).
  • lodywanglodywang Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    wow. pretty ridiculous. but i'm sure with that high of a gpa, you'll get in UCLA or berkeley, if you want to go there.

    Also, i just thought i'd ask, do UC's see first semester senior year grades? people say they take that into account, but it seems impossible, since you send in your transcript AFTER you get in.
  • blablaboi1blablaboi1 Registered User Posts: 285 Junior Member
    UCs do not look at senior grades unless you're on the border between acceptance and rejection. (They will request mid year reports)

    If not, you just need to maintain a 3.0 UW GPA. :)
  • iamawesome27iamawesome27 Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    @blablaboi1 If you're really curious to as why you got rejected then you should probably try calling the office of admissions or go talk to your college counselor?

    If you actually cared about going to this college at all then you should probably consider appealing. Application Changes -Admissions- Cal Poly
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    I agree with iamawesome,
    If Cal Poly is your first choice, and you suspect that they rejected you because they assume your first choice is actually something else(more selective), write a letter to the director of admissions saying so. What do you have to lose? If it's not your first choice, then let it go, and hang in there for the next round of admissions decisions on your other applications.
  • crunchcrunch Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    Although this is an interesting topic I think the logic is a bit flawed. If the idea/belief that Cal Poly SLO systematically excludes over qualified applicants this premise would only hold true if all highly (over) qualified students were rejected and that is just not the case. If you look at the acceptance thread, the rejection thread and the waitlist thread you will see that some very qulaified students were accepted while some very qualified students were also rejected and waitlisted. In briefly looking at the numbers reported in these threads it was rare (but it did occur) to find a student with both a high GPA and high standard test scores to be rejected but it was not uncommon to find applicants with EITHER high test scores or high GPA to be rejected or waitlisted. What I found interesting was that two applicants reported their admission with what would be considered extremely low (by Cal Poly standards)--1010/1600 and 1550/2400 respectively. I would assume that the students with the low SAT scores had something Cal Poly was looking for (URM, athlete, partner school or???).

    I really don't see Cal Poly's admittance of students with less than stellar Stats much different than the UCs ELC program--

    PLEASE remember rejection from a specific school is not an condemnation of one's success/value (as acceptance is not a validation of one's success/value) it is just a bunch of factors thrown together leading to a specific decision. A decision which we can continue to ponder but we will probably never fully understand. Come to terms with the decision, evaluate your options, make your decision, work hard and success will be yours!

    Just my humble opinion
  • 3down3down Registered User Posts: 151 Junior Member
    Check out the thread on this forum-Doesn't add up

    Apparently many qualified students are being rejected this year. The usual crap shoot and it's not fun.
  • mattrice92mattrice92 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    This is sort of a ridiculous thought, but considering that Cal Poly's all about "learning by doing," is it conceivable that they're only wanting people with absolutely full ECs? Maybe they really do just want some more kids who - on paper - look more down-to-earth. I don't mean to say you guys aren't "normal," but hey, they could be looking at the most trivial of information to base their decisions on, and I'm just throwing that out there.

    I got into Graphic Communications (not exactly the same prestige as engineering at SLO, I'll admit it) with a 3.5 and a 1220 SAT, but I had full EC hours along with marching band listed all four years, and newspaper for two. I have a friend who got into Business with a comparatively terrible SAT, but maxed ECs from Mock Trial. Then I'm seeing people rejected from Comm Studies and PoliSci with 3.9s and above...So could it be that they wanted people that did something extra and stuck with it for a long time? I don't know, but considering how bizarre this round of admissions has been, it really could've been anything.

    I feel for you guys, believe me. You really do deserve to be in a great school for the work you put in. I would appeal if Cal Poly was really your dream school. If not, then...why worry? There is certainly an upper-tier UC that will take you in. Whatever the case, I wish you guys all the best.
  • twodownonetogotwodownonetogo Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    lodywang, the theory that CPSLO rejects overqualified applicants is an interesting one, and while not out of the realm of possibility, probably not the case. It would mean that the university was using an undisclosed admission standard to weed out applicants - essentially defrauding high stat students into submitting applications (along with a $55 application fee) with no intention of offering them admission. Not a good policy, to say the least.

    On the other hand, I suspect at some point in the process the Admissions Committee (or the computer) makes an educated guess as to how likely it is that the applicant WILL ACTUALLY ACCEPT an offer of admission. It doesn't make sense for a school like Cal Poly to offer admission only to applicants with Stanford-quality stats, because obviously, most of those applicants won't be accepting the offer.

    That said, it remains a mystery why you and other well-qualified applicants did not at least get wait-listed, as your stats appear to be above the median of students who currently attend, and who are likely to attend, CPSLO.

    As I have posted elsewhere, the entire process could benefit from greater transparency. It is not something that students and parents should simply have to guess/hope/wish/wonder about.
  • naixn92naixn92 Registered User Posts: 522 Member
    If you applied ED with such high scores, you would've get in... duh.
  • nutellaellanutellaella Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    mattrice, cal poly does not do appeals..
  • 2Leashes2Leashes Registered User Posts: 1,632 Senior Member
    I know three valedictorians in our district who chose Cal Poly over schools like UCLA and Berkeley, to which they were admitted, as well. They just felt Poly was a better fit for them. Smaller student population and they preferred the small town location. So, I suppose some might say they were "over qualified", although that can be subjective. They certainly didn't think so.
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