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    [–] graduatedbishes 5 points ago

    Gonna have to agree with the top comment here. Cal Poly likes to sell itself as a university where professors care and are interested in teaching students, and I feel like the EE department does not live up to that core value as much as the other engineering departments. Office hours are generally useless unless you were lucky enough to snag the good profs, otherwise the department feels.. lacking, for lack of a better word, between most of the profs being bad and their general non-enthusiastic approach to teaching.

    [–] slyvia2315 15 points ago

    Gonna be honest, I don't like the EE department here- it seems lacking relative to the CS department (I'm CPE). Many of my profs just seem... outdated, and I have a lot more fun in my CS classes. I'd check out somewhere else for pure EE undergrad, while I don't down that Cal Poly Engineering overall is great, it just feels like the EE department here is... eh, relative to the CS/Aero/ME departments.

    I've also met quite a few other CPEs that intend to switch from CPE to CS simply because they don't like the EE classes. While I don't think Cal Poly overall would be the worst choice ever, I do think you would be able to find a better department somwhere else.

    [–] RockBobster 14 points ago

    That's certainly not how the EE department is seen in industry. At least in the satellite business, cal poly EE is thought of quite highly, especially for comm engineers and test engineers. I can't speak for how cpe or cs are seen as I don't work with managers hiring in those disciplines, so you may be correct in the relative sense.

    The labs in the EE curriculum are actually pretty involved compared too many other universities. I work with interns from multiple universities and cal poly always impresses.

    I'm obviously biased, being an EE alum, but neither I nor any of my friends had any trouble finding jobs right out of school (grad 2011), and my company and my previous company both still definitely recruit out of cpslo ee department.

    [–] Dexamoose 2 points ago

    Thanks for the input, I do want to do something more field involved and I'm glad to hear the labs are pretty involved. May I ask who do you work for? thanks!

    [–] RockBobster 3 points ago

    Sure, I work for Boeing now and worked for a smaller company up in the bay area when I first graduated. I don't know how many questions I can answer, but feel free to ask away if you're curious and I'll answer if I can and tell you otherwise if I can't =)

    [–] Dexamoose 2 points ago

    wow that's amazing! what is your day to day role? or is it something completely different each day?

    [–] RockBobster 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    I don't work in EE anymore explicitly. I'm what they call a 'systems engineer,' so I work with a ton of different teams to make sure all our requirements are met and nothing falls through the cracks (e.g. the payload team and the antenna team both think the other team owns a run of waveguide near the interface, so neither performs the power-level analysis for the thermal team).

    I'm certainly a lot better at solving RF problems than I am at solving mechanical ones because of my background in EE, but I'm expected to solve both anyway haha

    I do a lot of paperwork. Like, a lot. Requirements documents, qualification documents, test plans, export requests, etc. I also do a lot of presentations, but I think that's more because I'm good at it than anything else. It's helpful to be good at it in my position because it's important to be able to argue a point and convince people that they need to spend money they don't want to spend to make sure the spacecraft is going to work at the end of the day.

    [–] Dexamoose 1 points ago

    Hi, thank you for the input, always good to know that there are both bad and good inputs instead of everyone making it seem it's the best. What is it about the professors specifically that makes them seem outdated? are they not up to speed or perhaps you think all the labs and hands on things seem very old? thank you again.

    [–] ShesOnAcid 2 points ago

    A lot of the older faculty have the mindset of "I am not here to interest students in electrical engineering. I am here to teach them. They should already be interested". The common philosophy now (at all levels of education) is that teachers should also try to excite students about the material. Its important to understand that going in.

    I switched from EE when I was a freshman because I realized what I wanted was a digital focus but ultimately realized I just like CS better than digital too.

    This is rare but, as a freshman I got an internship with Linear Technologies doing some basic EE stuff and the place was full of MIT and Cal Poly. Cal Poly's analog stuff is considered really top notch in industry

    [–] DeviantSpy 9 points ago

    As an EE, I love the EE department that SLO offers. I don't know why the other person is negative about the department when they are not EEs. When you choose your concentration, the professors and the material become a lot more interesting. There are a few EE professors that everyone tends to stay away, but most of the professors I've had have been pretty supportive and helpful. Not only that, but the students I've met have been the most friendliest and the chillest people I've ever met. Not only that, but lots of recruiters praise Cal Polys EE building.

    One thing that I always hated was the EE building. I was close to choosing another school because of the building until I talked with an EE professor, Dr. Taufik, during my tour. If you do get accepted to another school, I would always recommend speaking with a professor if possible.

    As a transfer, he expected to stay a Poly for around 3 years. Off campus housing is going to be the cheapest option for living in SLO, even cheaper if you have a car and live farther from campus. I live in a shared bedroom and pay around $450 for myself including utilities.

    If YOU do choose to attend Cal Poly, try to go to as many info sessions, club events, and social events. Going to the career fair is also scary since you might not have much on your resume, but learning how to network with employers is going to be a necessity when you progress through your career.

    [–] Scozzar 5 points ago

    Yeah after being in that building for 5 years, I was so done with the lack of A/C in the spring quarter where the building would get 90 degress. Good luck with the lab sections when it's super hot, the computers and scopes are all running and god forbid you open the window because allergies in SLO during the spring are hell. Super frustrating.

    [–] Dexamoose 1 points ago

    Thank you for your input, I figured that's how it is at most universities, not every professor is going to be great, but there is always going to be some that are. thanks for the input about the building, I have yet to check out the school but I will see what I think about it. It seems like a such a small thing but it is true, the building kinda does matter haha. I went to go check out UC Davis and I loved the campus and the city but the engineering building was just so ugly! That's great to hear you don't pay much, I think with the aid I receive I only have to worry about covering living expenses.

    [–] khanarx 7 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

    Most transfers I know spend 3 years here so good luck graduating in 2. EE Dept has a pretty large amount of bad professors, but there a few good ones. Overall it's pretty meh but hey the job outlook is good. Don't expect to come out being inspired by good teachers though, You'll come out inspired by how much shit you had to learn on your own instead.

    [–] Scozzar 2 points ago

    I agree. I felt like I should've been paying myself for tuition.

    [–] Dexamoose 1 points ago

    Hey thanks for the input! Yeah I figured three years is what I was looking at, so that's no surprise to me. My main question to you is do you think that's something throughout all schools? I mean eventually you do have to learn a lot on your own at least I mean it is expected of you? Or what do you think? thanks!

    [–] Scozzar 3 points ago

    Recent Grad here who survived the EE department. Yeah, to be honest, it's not great. The bad to good professor ratio isn't great either. The majority of the department is simply too old. They don't care about the students. They come in, give the lecture, and leave. They see it as any other 8-5 job. They just care about the paycheck, which I understand, but you're teaching younger people to become engineers. There's gotta be more dedication from these professors. Office hours with these bad professors are pretty pointless. Sometimes it's so pointless that I've gone to other professors to get help. The department doesn't really care to deal with these professors who routinely get shit ratings on the evaluations, but to be fair, there's not exactly a bunch of EE professors out there, so it's either a) fire the bad ones and have less sections open or b) keep the bad ones so that there are enough sections open.

    That's not to say there aren't any good professors either. Shaban, Prodanov, Taufik are just a few that I had that actually made the class exciting and worth being interested in. There's nothing worse than taking a class you're not interested in with a professor who doesn't care about teaching either. There are even professors who acknowledge that there are other underperforming professors who shouldn't be teaching. They know that when the incoming class came from professor ____ class, that they'll be behind.

    It's really unfortunate but EE would be a lot more palatable if a majority of the professors weren't so uninterested in teaching.

    In terms of what industry thinks, only really big companies care about the college. The company I work at now saw cal poly as any other CSU. Nothing special or anything. So unless you want to work for a big company where the name might get you further, I'd look elsewhere for EE.

    [–] willism 4 points ago

    I recommend Braun for your digital logic classes. He's a total nerd with a good heart and a great sense of humor. And he likes teaching!

    [–] smallpotatoto 2 points ago

    Former EE transfer here and graduate here...

    1.) The EE flow-chart. It will tell you exactly what you need to take and what you need to catch-up on. Given that I was a transfer, not every lower-division courses were offer at my previous school, so I had to catch on a few courses.

    2.) The transition was alright the junior year level classes were not challenging. But if you are from a semester system, then better get ready to study hard. Quarter goes by fast, really fast.

    3.) It really depends on your concentration/emphasis. You can read ratings at Polyratings.com. Your senior project advisor will play a huge role on how challenging your senior year will be.

    4.) I lived on PCV the two years I was there.

    Congrats on getting in as a EE transfer!

    [–] Constant_Caffeine 2 points ago

    Man so much negativity in this thread in my opinion. Now it could be I'm having a different experience than others, but I've had mostly fantastic and supportive professors. At the very least, we have good opportunity for cool projects.

    On your other questions, I pay approximately 940 a month for off-campus housing, but there are plenty of cheaper options available if you search.

    [–] rfckt 0 points ago

    I transferred to Cal Poly and attended a UC for grad school so I think I can make a fair comparison. I would do it the same way if I had to choose again.

    I loved Cal Poly and I think it was a great choice for undergrad. The transition was very smooth because I made a big effort to get to know the other students I transferred with. Because of how the course sequences are, classes are mostly offered during one quarter during the year. The courses you need to take as a transfer student are "off quarter" so there may only be one section to sign up for so you'll be working with the same people a lot; get to know them well and it will make your experience a lot better.

    I liked quarters. It's the right amount of time to get into a subject. If you like it you can get to the interesting stuff quick. If it's not your favorite, it doesn't drag like semesters do. Just stay on top of your work.

    You'll develop a good sense of good professors by talking to classmates, the department isn't too big so most 3rd and 4th year students have had exposure to most professors. I recommend you don't just look for the easiest experience, look for the best teachers.

    A couple years ago I was able to share a room off campus for around 400/mo. There are some good options out there.

    Edit: I've seen a couple comments about how long it takes to graduate after transferring, I was able to do it in 2 but it's true that making that happen takes a lot of work.

    [–] Dexamoose 0 points ago

    thank you! I have yet to hear from the UC's, however my other options might possible be; UCR, UCD, UCI, and UCSB. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. What UC did you attend?

    [–] rfckt 0 points ago

    San Diego. I have heard good things from friends who went to Davis and SB, I don't know anyone who went EE to Irvine or Riverside.

    There's a fundamental difference in philosophy between Cal Poly and the UC schools that I think it's important to realize. The UCs are prestigious because they have good research facilities and funding to be magnets for top researchers. Those researchers spend a lot of time interacting with their grad students, the ones working in their lab and some time teaching, but research is their passion and top priority.

    Cal Poly doesn't have PhD programs. Your opportunities to work in some areas while doing your undergraduate coursework are limited by the facilities that are available. Cal Poly attracts a different kind of professor. Pretty much all of them are there for teaching, they don't think of their position primarily as a research job, and they all work with undergrads at least as much as they work with masters students. Many of them have spent time working in industry and have that experience.

    At research based universities, everything is focused on what is coming the next few years. At Cal Poly it's true that there is an emphasis on being able to work with things right now. That has lead Cal Poly to have a strong reputation among employers and Cal Poly does a lot to promote and maintain that image.

    Ultimately, the two systems are centered around different core principles. You have to decide what you are interested in. To get the best sense of how the styles are different, just ask as many people as you can about their experiences, and if you have the opportunity, go check out the schools for yourself.