Cal Poly SLO Engineering GPA?

<p>Hi! I'm thinking about applying to Cal Poly SLO as either an aerospace or mechanical engineer major</p>

<p>As of now, I have a 4.59 GPA at school and 3.97 unweighted. I'm taking 6 AP Classes this senior year and if i get straight A's that should put me at around a 4.6-7ish range.
I've taken four AP Classes to date
AP US History 5
AP Euro History 4
AP Calc BC 5
AP Physics B 4</p>

<p>I also have a 34 ACT (retaking it one more time for a 35-36), 750 SATII in US History and 790 in Math II</p>

<p>I'm a year ahead in math and am planning to take Multi-Variable Calculus in community college this year.</p>

<p>My point is, im not too worried about getting into Cal Poly, but I'm afraid of failing there. I heard the average GPA for Engineering students is like 2.6ish and that concerns me greatly. That being said, my stats are quite above the average student that goes there. I'm a really hard worker and was wondering, do you think my GPA would be as low too as I expect to be in the upper ranges of class rank?</p>

<p>You seem very well prepared to study at Cal Poly, particularly in math and physics. Don’t worry too much ahead of time about your GPA there. If you’re studying something that you’re truly interested in, you’ll be fine.</p>

<p>Thank you so much I really appreciate it!</p>

<p>BUMP? :smiley: please help</p>

<p>The 2.6ish to 2.8ish average GPA occurs at almost all engineering colleges, from Caltech to Cal State LA. They are all ABET-accredited engineering programs, and there will always be a weed-out class/instructor. Minor in something easy to boost your GPA and As the heck out of the GEs. Must importantly, enjoy it!</p>

<p>Maybe you should be looking at Harvey Mudd.</p>

<p>Why Harvey Mudd?</p>

<p>Well, my friend is at MIT right now and that was just on his list of places he applied to. He had similar stats. He was very involved in robotics (lots of success in competitions) and he took all the math and chemistry he could at my community college (got all A’s). Great athlete. Very social guy (interviews went well). He got a 2160 SAT score, 5 on BC Calc, blah blah. Got into SLO, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvey Mudd, MIT, Stanford…he was only rejected at CalTech.</p>

<p>Oh Geez lol the only place I’m applying in those tiers is Stanford (Early Action!), UCLA, Berkeley
I chickened out of CalTech
Since I live in Cali, I really want to stay here…</p>

<p>I have good EC’s but nothing excessively sciency except a NASA INSPIRE program for two years…most of my EC’s concentrate on volunteering(A LOT), leadership, and holding club positions</p>

<p>Harvey Mudd is in California. ;)</p>

<p>Good luck. I would say while it’s perfectly alright to stay in Cali, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone.</p>

<p>lol Thanks but I get anxious really easily I guess you can say…

<p>I was searching to try and find the average GPA for eng. students at Cal Poly and stumbled upon this and felt the need to reply. I am a recent graduate from the M.E. program at Cal Poly SLO. My GPA was 2.82, which I am slightly embarrassed about, especially after some of my D grades were replaced by A’s after retaking a class. I have to email my transcript to a company that I just interviewed with and I am worried about how it is perceived.</p>

<p>As for you, you seem like a very well-prepared student and I am sure you will do excellent when you get to college. Of course it will be difficult, (probably not until you get into 2nd or 3rd year classes where you have statics, dynamics, thermo, etc…), but you should want it to be difficult. You don’t want to graduate by getting good grades with only minimal or mediocre effort. Looking back and knowing how hard I worked and how much time I spent in college, makes high school look at a joke. It also makes me appreciate things much more, knowing how tough things can be.</p>

<p>This response was not to scare you but to encourage you. Cal Poly is an excellent school and you will fall in love with it just like almost everybody else that goes there. heck, I’m probably gonna go up and visit some friends this weekend who are in the 4+1 grad program. Just enjoy it and dont worry so much!</p>

<p>I have plenty of friends who go to Poly because I live around there and it’s not THAT bad. It’s just that it’s… ENGINEERING hahahaha. So sure, you may not be able to go out every night because your’re studying but honestly, there’s not that much to do here anyway! SLO is great and has better connections for post-grad jobs than any UC because it’s so hands on, not just theoretical. So don’t worry, just prepare yourself for the grade deflation, realize that it’s not high school, don’t take too many credits (my entire life living on the central coast I’ve been told it’s difficult to graduate in 4 years here so don’t try to rush it, take less to get A’s!), study study studyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, and you’ll be fine :)</p>