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Cal Poly SLO Vs University of Miami

Nelden2012Nelden2012 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited November 2012 in College Confidential Cafe
Hi everyone, i am a student of architecture with a good GPA standing (3.7) who want to attend a top university after graduating from community college.However, based on the statistic, that there aren't too many jobs for architect. So, i started doing some research on university that offer a dual degree in architecture and business. Unfortunately, there aren't too many of them that offer a dual bachelor degree in architecture and business. i narrowed it down to two university that offer the kind of degree that i want: Cal Poly SLO and University of Miami, both of which offer a B.arch/MBA concurrently.
Please, does anyone know:

-Which one have the highest ranking nationally for best university?

-Which one have the best architecture and business program?

-Which one have the highest job placement upon graduation?

- which one will help me land a good job with a good salary( architecture or business) as an entry level?
Post edited by Nelden2012 on

Replies to: Cal Poly SLO Vs University of Miami

  • OsakaDadOsakaDad Registered User Posts: 1,200 Senior Member
    Not sure about Miami, but Cal Poly SLO is a real winner. Here is a list of short articles and links that will answer all your questions: Cal Poly: National Honors, Ranking and Recognition - A Constantly Growing List

    The school has a unique "learn by doing" teaching methodology. Ranks at or near the top in most relevant categories. The school, even in this recession, has a 90% job placement or grad school enrollment track record after graduation. Entry level salaries for Cal Poly grads are the highest in CA even exceeding UC Berkeley.

    However, no school can guarantee you a job. It can get you access, but you need to close the deal.
  • Cens10Cens10 Registered User Posts: 732 Member
    Well, UM is ranked #44 nationally, while Cal Poly SLO is ranked #6 in the western region. To me, that means UM is better overall, but that's just me. Some will argue against me about that, idc.

    I am bias towards UM because I did almost apply, but I think they are amazing. It is right by downtown, which gives you a ton of opportunities to get internships and jobs. But then again, not everyone likes a big city. (Ik I didn't, that's the reason I didn't apply) Idk about Cal Poly SLO's city, but I know UM is very lively. Maybe that would matter to you?
  • Yomama12Yomama12 Registered User Posts: 257 Junior Member
    My husband and I live near the beach, but both work in San Luis Obispo. He teaches at Cal Poly. SLO is a great small town, very friendly to the university students. The local area is great for outdoor lovers with nice beaches for surfing and lots of hiking and biking oppotunities. San Francisco and Los Angeles are easily accessible on weekends by train or driving. If you don't bring a car with you don't worry - the local area has a decent bus system, downtown can be easily walked to and Cal Poly has a zip car program.

    The school has a lot of spirit, unlike most state schools the location means there are hardly any full-time working commuter students and most students live on campus. Poly Village was recently built and has great housing options.

    SLO county is mostly rural, the main industry is agriculture. The area can tend toward conservative in politics, except in the city of San Luis Obispo itself which is pretty balanced.

    As far as getting a job after graduation, the Architecture program is well known to employers. My husband teaches engineering, and most students get job offers (almost all). He says that those who get the best offers are the ones who join the academic honor fraternities and/or the competition groups such as NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or IEEE. The foundations that fund these groups do a lot to help the students involved in them.
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