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CBF Student Engagement Plan

College Based Academic Fee Initiative

Over the next few weeks the new Cal Poly College Based Academic Fee Initiative will be presented to all students through a number of ways. The base information about the fee can be found on the Cal Poly web site by clicking on the Cal Poly College Based Academic Fee Initiative link to the right under Resources.

Additional information provided at the College level can be seen by clicking on the CAED New Fee Information link to the right under Resources.

Finally, information provided by the Architecture Department can be found below.

New Fee Student Engagement Plan

The following meetings have been scheduled for students to discuss Cal Poly CBF Student Engagement Plan. A detailed schedule can be found using the CAED New Fee Student Consultation Schedule link to the right under Resources.

  • Wednesday, February 18, 1-6pm: Presentations in the design studios by Department Head and CBF officers.
  • Thursday, February 19, 11:00am : Town Hall Meeting with Dean Jones.
  • Friday, February 20, 1-6pm : Presentations in the design studios by Department Head and CBF officers.
  • Monday, February 23, 1-6pm: Presentations in the design studios by Department Head and CBF officers.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 1-6pm: Presentations in the design studios by Department Head and CBF officers.

Students' comments and feedback from the meetings will be posted at Student Comments and Feedback web page and updated daily.

Architecture Department New Fee Information

To view a comparative list of BArch Programs ranked by tuition, go to our CBF Student Engagement Plan web page.

To view the 2009 Design Intelligence rankings of twenty three architectural institutions as well as additional information, go to our Architecture Program Ranking web page.

BArch Programs: Ranked by Tuition

DesignIntelligence

The listed institutions represent the top twenty three undergraduate architecture programs in the nation as defined by DesignIntelligence. In 2009, the architecture program at Cal Poly ranked the third best undergraduate program in the nation. To see the full rankings, go to our Architecture Program Ranking web page.

Cal Poly’s program is $34,931 below the most expensive ($39,974 Carnegie Mellon University) and $944 above the least expensive ($4,099 Virginia Polytechnic Institute) as reflected in the chart below based on Winter 2009 data.

Rank University Tuition & Fees
1 Carnegie Mellon University $39,974
2 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $37,990
3 University of Southern California $37,694
4 University of Notre Dame $36,850
5 Cornell University $36,504
6 Rhode Island School of Design $34,665
7 Syracuse University $33,480
8 Cooper Union $33,000
9 Pratt Institute $32,990
10 Rice University $30,830
11 Illinois Institute of Technology $26,709
12 Pennsylvania State University $18,674
13 Southern California Institute of Architecture $11,345
14 University of Texas at Austin $9,354
15 University of Arkansas $7,104
16 Boston Architectural College $7,100
17 Auburn University $6,762
18 Iowa State University $6,651
19 University of Oregon $6,531
20 University of Arizona $5,774
21 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo $5,043
22 Oklahoma State University $4,221
23 Virginia Polytechnic Institute $4,099

California Programs

The listed institutions represent the Bachelor of Architecture programs in California.

Cal Poly’s program is $27,283 below the most expensive ($32,326 California College of the Arts, CCA) as reflected in the chart below based on Winter 2009 data.

Rank University Tuition & Fees
1 California College of the Arts, CCA (San Francisco) $32,326
2 Woodberry University (Los Angeles) $26,501
3 Academy of Art University (San Francisco) $19,905
4 New School of Architecture and Design (San Diego) $19,500
5 Berkeley $19,050
6 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo $5,043
7 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona $3,300

Key Facts for Architecture Students

  • The Department remains heavily impacted. In fall 2007 we received 1,712 freshman applications, out of which 404 were selected (23.6% selection rate), and 151 were enrolled as freshman. In addition, we received 397 transfer applications from community colleges, out of which 79 were selected (19.9% selection rate) and 64 were enrolled in either second or third year. The process is very competitive and we attract a student body of a very high caliber.
  • Our freshman students have some of the highest academic qualifications on campus in 2007:
    - The Average High School GPA was 4.02.
    - The Average SAT Reading score was 599.
    - The Average SAT Math score was 649.
    - The Average ACT Composite score was 27.6.
  • This extraordinary talent creates an intellectual and energetic learning atmosphere where student can learn from each other.
  • An extremely high number of faculty have graduate degrees and increasing number hold Ph.D's. Almost 98% of the departments faculty are registered architects. The creative energy, talent, and dedication of the faculty are both the engine and soul of the Department.
  • The Department continues to be ranked annually by Design Intelligence as one of the top six undergraduate institutions nationwide and best in the West. Go to our Architecture Program Ranking web page.
  • The yearly CAED Job Fair attracts a large number of high quality firms hoping to hire our graduates, a testament to the quality of the education.
  • Our graduates get good jobs in prestigeous architectural firms, mostly on the West Coast but increasingly nationwide and in particular in the New York metropolitan area.
  • The CAED is the only college nationwide that offers five unique disciplines that architecture students will continue to interact with during the rest of their careers.