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FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Orfalea College of Business from prospective students. Click each link to view details.

What classes will I be taking my first year?

Cal Poly students begin taking major classes their first year. We try to get Orfalea College of Business students into major courses their first quarter. Freshmen should also be taking their support courses their first year, which is (depending on the major) made up of Economics, Statistics, Math and Science courses. General Education courses usually include English, Communications, Political Science, Psychology, and others.

How many major/support classes should I take each quarter?

A balanced schedule usually entails two major or support classes, and then two general education classes. At a minimum, it is important to take at least one major or support course each quarter to stay on track to graduate in four years.

How big will my classes be?

Class sizes vary anywhere from 20-60, and there are a few lower division classes that have larger lectures of 200 people. Most business classes have approximately 40-60 students, making it very manageable for individuals to be able to talk to professors in office hours.

How do I get help planning my schedule once I am at Cal Poly?

Here at the Orfalea College of Business, our Advising Center is based on a Peer Advising model. Current students are hired and highly trained to help students pick classes and design schedules to work towards graduation in four years or less. Appointments are scheduled with students throughout the year. We welcome walk-in questions along with phone calls or emails whenever a student has a question regarding classes or any other university policy.

How many students get placed into jobs right out of college?

Job placement varies from concentration to concentration. After graduation, students complete a survey reporting their currently employer information. This information is collected and compiled on our website so that current and prospective students can have a better idea of what their career options are post-graduation. The website with graduated students employment information can be found at: http://www.careerservices.calpoly.edu/content/student/gsr_report

What are their starting salaries?

Information is collected and compiled on our website so that current and prospective students can have a better idea of what their career options are post-graduation. The website with graduated students employment information can be found at: http://www.careerservices.calpoly.edu/content/student/gsr_report

What kind of companies recruit from the Orfalea College of Business?

Some common companies to recruit from the Orfalea College of Business students are the big four accounting firms: KPMG, Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young, and a variety of other companies such as Apple, Chevron, and Lockheed Martin.

What kind of GPA/test scores do I need to get into the Orfalea College of Business?

The average GPA of an admitted freshman to the Orfalea College of Business is around a 3.90, with an average ACT score of 29, and SAT scores of approximately 1288. The average GPA of an admitted transfer student is a 3.3.

Do I need to take 16 units every quarter to graduate in four years?

The amount of units a student needs to take each quarter depends on how many units of Advanced Placement credit and/or transfer units a student came into Cal Poly with.

Is it possible to graduate in four years?

It is possible to graduate in four years from the Orfalea College of Business. Classes are readily available for students to take and as long as they follow their curriculum sequentially.

Should I get a MAC or a PC?

This choice is completely up to the student’s preference. If a student did in fact need a certain type of computer for a class there are both MACs and PCs in the Kennedy Library on campus for the student’s use.

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