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Named by U.S.News as a top undergraduate engineering school, Cal Poly's College of Engineering is known as leader in engineering education because of its learn-by-doing, hands-on approach. As you consider whether Cal Poly Engineering is right for you, keep the following in mind:

  • With 5,000 engineering and computer science students, 13 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs, Cal Poly is one of the West's largest engineering colleges - and it is set in one of the nation's most beautiful locations. Nestled in the foothills of California's Central Coast, Cal Poly is several miles from the Pacific Ocean, with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Sierras in easy striking distance.
  • Immersed in engineering from the first day of class freshman year, students learn through a project- and design-centered curriculum that stresses teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Because of strong partnerships with industry, students have opportunities to participate in "real world" applied research projects.
  • College of Engineering graduates are highly respected and recruited by industry, including some of the best known companies in the U.S. such as Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, St. Jude Medical, and others.

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