Department - Author 1

Computer Science Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Software Engineering



Primary Advisor

Phillip Nico


Polyratings is a well known website amongst Cal Poly students. Over the past 14 years it has been in existence the site has been viewed 2.5 million times. This is a drastic number because the average student population on campus every year nears 20,000. This being said, when class registration came around every quarter there was always talk about the Polyratings scores for professors. However, with this talk also came much negativity towards the site.

The problem that we found was that everyone needed Polyratings for help with class searching, but were also very dissatisfied with the website. The main problems with the website were that the User Interface (UI) was outdated and cumbersome, as well as there being some troubles with the data in the website.

Our team knew that there were problems with the website, but the first problem that needed to be solved was that we needed to get into contact with the person maintaining the site. We had to find the man behind Polyratings. Our senior capstone professor, Dr. Janzen, was able to direct us to the email of one, J. Paul Reed (Paul). From this point forward the project took its roots.