California Polytechnic State University Student Panel

Recorded Tuesday, September 22 at 01:00 AM

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School information

California Polytechnic State University | Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, CA

Ask current Cal Poly students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Nolan and Chloe

Nolan is a senior from Orinda, California studying Industrial Engineering. He's planning on staying another year at Cal Poly to get a Masters in Engineering Management as Cal Poly has a great program and he doesn't want to leave. Nolan's an active member and holds positions in his fraternity, Delta Chi, and the Cal Poly Consulting Club. Outside of school, he enjoys surfing, skiing, traveling, and just being outside in general. He's working full-time at Deloitte Consulting upon graduation.

Chloe is a senior from San Diego, California. She is pursuing a bachelor of science in Graphic Communication with a concentration in User Interface/ User Experience as well as a minor in Entrepreneurship. During her time at Cal Poly, Chloe has been a member of the Honors College, served as a WOW leader, worked as a student assistant for a leadership course, and most recently has joined a venture capitalist club as the graphic designer. She also is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In her free time, Chloe loves to surf, play spikeball and cornhole, and get breakfast with her friends.

School information

California Polytechnic State University | Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Undergrad College: University of Montana '10

Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Graduate College: Boston University, PhD

Work Experience: I got my PhD in history from Boston University in 2020. I have worked as a researcher and writer for a Boston-based policy center and am a freelance editor.

My Admissions Story: I remember the admissions process as a time to imagine possible futures (where to live? what to study? who to meet?), though am happy to report (as you can see from my bio) that few of those decisions were set in stone. So have fun and enjoy the ride!

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Kristen and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
13:54@anonymous:how are the class sizes?
16:39@anonymous:What is the community/social scene like?
20:00@anonymous:What was your academic or extracurricular profile in high school?
21:56@anonymous:what if a HS student is undecided and doesn't really know what their area of study is, can they explore at Cal Poly or because you have to choose a major upon applying, do students feel trapped or limited? How challenging is it to switch majors or colleges once in?
23:19@anonymous:What is life like in the residence halls? How long are students required to live on campus? What off campus houses are available?
25:50@anonymous:Did you have any problems with transportation?
27:52@anonymous:are there a lot of out of state students at Cal Poly?
29:52@Jacob_bruesch:Nolan, how is your workload as an engineer? do you or Chloe know people with heavy workloads that are in other engineering fields?
33:18@anonymous:what is the food scene like at school/around campus?
35:48@anonymous:Are the professors and TA’s easily accessible for extra help?
38:23@anonymous:Does Cal Poly Slo have a lot of clubs available?- What are some of the most popular ones?
41:45@anonymous:Coming from out of state, do you feel safe walking around campus especially in the evenings walking back to your dorm or apartment?
43:04@JayT:What are the sports like (intramural, club, etc.) And which ones are available?
45:56@anonymous:how much additional costs are there in cal poly? specifically for textbooks?


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