Andy Wei

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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Gregori Class of 2017

Biomedical Engineering & Civil Engineering

Weighted GPA at Gregori: 4.0 or above

SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): 1500

SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): 1440

ACT Composite Score: 31


When choosing between colleges, how did you decide amongst the colleges that you were accepted into?

After receiving all my college acceptance letters, choosing the college was actually quite difficult. I realized that I shouldn’t choose a college simply because of its higher ranking on usnews.com or of what people say on collegeconfidential.com. I decided that I should learn about the details of a school’s program before choosing it, and the best way for me to do that was to actually visit the school. By visiting the school, I don’t mean just walking around and sight seeing the campus. I talked to teachers, students, and academic counselors to learn more about the school and the programs it provided for my major. There is also a LOT of information available online if physically going to a school is impossible. You shouldn’t choose a school just because it was a more prestigious name. Consider what a college can contribute to your future because college is merely a stepping stone to your career, especially if you plan to go to graduate school.

What would you personally say are your school's strengths?

Cal Poly SLO is famous for their engineering program, and this appealed to me as a fellow engineer major. However, what really intrigued me was the engaging hands-on mentality of Cal Poly’s engineering program. I liked the fact that my school had me take major-related courses immediately in the first quarter of my freshman year. A lot of schools such as some of the UC’s and CSU’s do not have their students take major courses until their junior year in which they declare their major, and that was unsuitable for me as the hands-on experience as an engineer is far more valuable than the degree. Also, Cal Poly is mostly known for its undergraduate programs and discourages classes taught by TA’s or GSI’s(graduate student instructors) as opposed to the large UC’s or prestigious private universities that place an emphasis on its graduate and doctorate students.