What Makes Us Different?

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Our hands-on, learn by doing model

Cal Poly's College of Engineering is world-renown and a major provider of engineers and leaders for our national economy. Our "learn by doing," polytechnic program emphasizes a hands-on education, which has proven extremely successful in producing engineers for industry and graduate degree programs.

Cal Poly College of Engineering is different

  • Students are immersed in engineering when they arrive on campus.
  • There are more that 80 labs supporting undergraduate engineering education.
  • Many students participate in cooperative work and summer intern experiences
  • Industry representatives - often alumni - engage students in "real world" projects.
  • Students are required to complete a capstone senior project.

The result of the Cal Poly "difference"?

Employers and industry agree: College of Engineering graduates are better prepared for the workforce and for leadership in technology and business because of their hands-on experience and their ability to work collaboratively in teams and across disciplines.