Situated between rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean with perfect weather year-round, our campus is known for its beauty as well as our academics.
The best way to experience Cal Poly is to see it for yourself. We offer student-led, 90-minute walking tours of the campus every weekday (except on holidays) as well as information sessions about our admissions process, tours of campus housing, and tours of the various colleges.
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Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days, is Cal Poly’s 2-day, overnight, summer orientation. Come meet other new students, connect with your academic major, and begin to prepare for life at Cal Poly.
Week of Welcome (WOW) will familiarize you with the campus and city, introduce you to hundreds of students, and guide you through your first week of classes.
Sign-up for both mandatory programs continues through June 15, 2017 and can be found on MyCalPoly on the ‘Orientations’ tab.
San Luis Obispo (or SLO as we like to call it) is home to a charming downtown, award-winning restaurants, great nightlife and a vibrant cultural scene.
The city is surrounded by thousands of acres of open space including state parks and national forests, making the area perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, cyclists and equestrians. Just beyond SLO lies the Pacific Ocean with its miles of beautiful beaches and opportunities for surfing, kayaking, whale watching and more.
San Luis Obispo is home to a vibrant arts community. Several major concert venues attract big-name performers, and a variety of music festivals and free community concerts are held throughout the year. The Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly offers everything from ballet and symphony concerts to live theatre and musical performances.
One of the most outdoor-friendly spots in the nation, San Luis Obispo has infinite opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, climbing, surfing and kayaking. Hit the beaches at Pismo, Avila and Morro Bay; explore the many popular trails located within a few miles of campus; or spend a weekend adventuring at Big Sur or the Los Padres National Forest.
San Luis Obispo boasts many historic landmarks and funky traditions. The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is a downtown centerpiece and the site of many events throughout the year. Hearst Castle, the famous estate of William Randolph Hearst, is located in the northern part of the county and attracts visitors from around the world. Farmers’ Market is a 30-year tradition that offers a variety of food, shopping and fun. And of course, don’t miss the strange yet popular Bubblegum Alley.
Surrounded by world-renowned vineyards, the Pacific Ocean, and a community that values locally grown produce and meats, San Luis Obispo has a flourishing food and drink culture. A wide variety of locally owned restaurants and breweries offer distinctive dining options throughout the downtown area and across the county. The Edna Valley and Paso Robles wine regions are recognized throughout the world and provide Learn by Doing experience for manyCal Poly wine and viticulture students.
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California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407