Pomona, CA
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona


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Steven
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Consider the next few years of your life seriously and think about what you want most in your life, what you want the opportu...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Consider the next few years of your life seriously and think about what you want most in your life, what you want the opportunity to do. Think about the one, or many, things you want to do before you die and ask yourself if the colleges you're applying to will help you get there, if they don't then don't even bother, it's a waste of your time. I'm sure you will hear this 100 times but college is what you make of it, if you aren't involved on campus then you aren't experiencing anything but more school. You have been experiencing 12+ years of school now so try a little harder and expand your horizons and step up your game, be a somebody, smile at everybody, take life by the horns, and never stop heading for the next best thing.

Krystle
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its engineering program and its agricultural program.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for its engineering program and its agricultural program.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would strongly suggest looking at colleges early in your high school career. Schedule visits to all of the colleges you are considering to attend because you cannot form a judgement until you are actually on campus. It is very important to find out whether the school is on semesters or quarters, the cost of attendance, whether its a commuter school, class sizes, location and of course whether or not your major is offered there. Financial aid is extremely important, especially if you are going to rely on it to pay for the majority of your expenses. The key is to prepare for college in advance. I reagret waiting till the last minute to make all of my decisions. I was set on going out of state for college, but never considered how I would pay for my education.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Getting the necessary courses in order to complete your studies is the hardest thing at my school. They even predict graduation in five years instead of four.

Sherilyn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important things to consider when choosing a college is... Major Location Price Extra Curricular Activities

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important things to consider when choosing a college is... Major Location Price Extra Curricular Activities

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about Cal Poly is the availability of some general ed courses and the selection of electives.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The size of the campus community and the campus' location.

Janine
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is known for its hands-on type of teaching. For me, whose majoring in Civil Engineering, I felt this was very vit...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is known for its hands-on type of teaching. For me, whose majoring in Civil Engineering, I felt this was very vital for me to take advantage of. And unlike California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, it was a little bit cheaper and closer to my family. The weather was also taken into account, and the fact that it is a "GO GREEN" campus was an extra perk as well.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To all the parents out there, you have to trust in your child to know what school they think is right for them. Even though, you have your own thoughts of where is right for your child, voice your opinion, but let them make the ultimate choice. For all the aspiring college students, you've made it this far, and congratulations. My advice to you would simply be, college is the most intense step of your life at this moment, and it's a step you must take on your own. Do not make your choice based on those around you; make it for you, because for the next four years, that's who you will always have to deal with. There will always be more friends and relationships, and you family will be behind you forever; but just know that the decisions you make are yours alone. Pick a place that you feel you would fit best, whether it be for the atmosphere, location, or (hopefully) your choice in major. Money always plays a roll too, but that's what loans and scholarships are for. Always keep in mind, this time is yours, so WHO IS in charge?

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

When I explain why Cal Poly Pomona is the best, I simply tell them first about the clubs that I am on e-board for and all the events that happen; but the main reason is always because I am part of the Chi Omega Fraternity. Not every girl can say that she is part of a sorority who not only helps Make-A-Wish, has the best community and volunteer services, and gets along with all other Greeks, but has been a better person because of her involvement with all these great women, that she can call her sisters.

Patric
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its one of two Polytechnic Universities in California and one of eight in the US. Learn by doing philosophy and being hands o...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its one of two Polytechnic Universities in California and one of eight in the US. Learn by doing philosophy and being hands on really sets Cal Poly Pomona apart from many universities. As well as the professors being well tied to the industry and sharing know how to the students which gears us for sucess.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you visit the campus and the surrounding areas of the school. Make sure you like both the school and the communitiy that it belongs to. Also make sure that your major is one that the university specializes in so that you can maximize your learning potential from the institution. Take everything into account when choosing the right college , make a pros and cons list and see which can fit into what you are looking for in a school as well as the cost.

What's unique about your campus?

The rolling hills provide a beautiful scenery which i wake up to everyday. It provides a cozy feel and its not to big. The weather is always nice and fair with lots of sunshine.

Minh
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a great place where you can study, hang out, and meet new people - all while workomg towards getting that degree.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a great place where you can study, hang out, and meet new people - all while workomg towards getting that degree.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't choose a college base on its title. Do your research, find out what the college has to offer. Choose a campus that will offer courses and resources that will help you achieve the career you want. Pick what you're interested in and take advantage of what the college has to offer to help you get where you want to be. The last thing you want is to spend year after year working towards something you don't even like to begin with. It's important to determine what you want out of the college and let the people there help you take full advantage of the available resources. Don't be afraid to explore new things/places, you never know who you'll meet in the process.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

There are many different majors and academic courses to choose from which makes it easier to explore the different career fields. I love having the ability to choose my concentration rather than being stuck with a default selection due to limited major options.

Cory
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The diversity of grant work that different departments aquire.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The diversity of grant work that different departments aquire.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In order to maximize the said 'college experience,' students and parents must talk with recent alumni, departmental deans and professionals in the possible fields of study. Day to day I find that some of my classmates are dabbling in a BS program that they are not too interested in; perhaps if they where advised and facilitated to dig a little deeper before entering college they would have chose a different major. Shadowing a professional for a couple weeks and picking the brain of college faculty would be easy, inexpensive, and very informative activities. Information is definitely available although not easily attainable from your home computer; genuine hands on knowledge will mostly be aquired by questioning professors and professionals. A message to parents and students, "Explore all options, go out and get information, meet people and be sure to meet admission deadlines!"

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew that my program was a squential 4 year program; community college only prolonged my BS in Landscape Architecture. There should exist some kind of counter-advertisment to community colleges, ideally originating form admissions and outreach. The money saved is not worth it.

Vincent
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Sciences and engineering and hospitality management

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Sciences and engineering and hospitality management

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If possibly, live on campus for at least one year. Once your major is decided get involved as much as possible whether its TAing or participating in large group events. Joining a club for your major is also a great way to meet more people as well.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That the campus is great but parking can be really bad.

Pakiza
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When the decision time comes for students to choose their college, parents play a vital role in helping them determine that. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When the decision time comes for students to choose their college, parents play a vital role in helping them determine that. Parents can help their student by taking them to see professions and career paths that the students are interested in. Seeing teachers, business officials, or even engineers will strongly help students see the possibilities. Once students determine their majors, it is important to choose a college that is well-known for that major so your degree is valued more than others. Once you choose the university/college, parents should take a step to examine the various programs the college has to offer and the ways to fully know that their child?s education will be covered whether financial aid or loans. When students are able to choose their living situation, I highly encourage them to live on campus housing so that they get more networking, meeting new friends, and just having a positive surrounding of other students onto a great future, just like them. This will help when students have to interact with professors, group projects, or simply attaining extra help from other people among your major. College is an important step, take full advantage of it.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about this school I believe is the availability of classes taught each quarter. Sometimes it becomes harder for students that are in need of a class to graduate, but the class is not being offered and you are forced to wait another year to take the course. So in order to do this correctly you must consider seeing your advisor and make a plan out your courses so that you do not miss any classes. Because of the limited amount of classes each quarter, things get worst by year.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that should not attend my school is those that are easily annoyed of non-social activities. Because many students commute to my school, there are not many social activities. The housing available does not suit many people in the first place, which leaves them no other choice but to commute to college. It is highly true that those people that commute only come for their classes and leave which gives them no time to socialize with people or consider various clubs, and organizations on campus that can be in their benefit to join and network.

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