San Luis Obispo,
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
English / Writing
Cal Poly’s English department houses one of the best undergraduate creative writing programs in the West. The university’s excellent academic reputation and the exquisite natural environment of the central coast attract creative students from all over California and the nation.
Surprisingly, it is often more difficult to enter Cal Poly as a humanities major than as a science major: In the past, only a small percentage of freshman applicants have been accepted to the College of Liberal Arts, which maintains rigorous academic standards. Many of Cal Poly's creative writing students continue on to prestigious graduate writing programs, accept internships as editors and writers for national publications, and eventually teach writing at universities.