CPP is a very kicked-back campus as far as students' ways of life go. We are in Southern California, and a lot of the students live up to the reputation of being mellow and relaxed (sometimes a little too much when it comes to going to class), but they still manage to crack down on the books when they need to. You'd be surprised to hear how many fraternity guys who live in the fraternity houses are able to carry 20 units a quarter and pull off straight As.
Many students come to Cal Poly not expecting to have a very good experience because it doesn't have a reputation like UCLA or USC. They admit to feeling this way, but then their experience turns out to be everything they had hoped for in a college experience. You, too, may have that same mindset, but it will probably change after a quarter or two at CPP. Overall, students end up being quite happy with CPP. Take advantage of what the school has to offer: diversity, hands-on learning, social interaction, and classes small enough to get quality attention from your instructors. And, most of all, get involved in something that sparks your interest, whether it is intramural sports, Greek life, or any other club on campus. For all that you get at CPP, the price is affordable, but the experience priceless.