My peers and I here at Cal Poly Pomona at the Chemical Engineering department were discussing the other day the tremendous success Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has had over the last three decades at establishing itself as a tremendously prestigious, albeit elitist, university within the CSU system. I'm puzzled when I read the words of several young men and women on this forum, and some of their overprotective parents, who are completely devastated over the news that their children will not be able to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. One of them going as far as saying "oh well... private university here we come!". I mean, really? It's either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or $30,000 in annual tuition? Do they have a particle accelerator or a PULSTAR nuclear reactor that I'm not aware of? Will they be lectured by a Nobel laureate or a Fields medalist? Will they conduct ground breaking research or be given a federal grant to do so? The amount of federal and state research funding is pretty similar to other CSU campuses (except SDSU which is classified as a full-fledged research university). Their endowment is the highest among CSUs, but it's mainly the result of the recent centennial capital campaign and, at about $125 million, it's not nearly as high as one would imagine (e.g. UC Davis $815 million, Fresno State $90 million, etc). Don't get me wrong, I have a few very good pals at Cal Poly SLO and I like the small town atmosphere and the smell of manure (I'm not kidding I from the Central Valley!). I just would like honest replies... how can other CSUs make themselves more marketable and hence more appealing to people like you, who only seem to have eyes for one of the 23 Cal States?