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The Cal Poly


More Than a Face in the Crowd

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked public university that prides ourselves on the individual success of our students.

Our signature Learn by Doing approach to higher education gives you a powerful combination of academic expertise and hands-on experience. At Cal Poly, most classes are taught by professors in small classrooms — not large lecture halls. The resulting close community of motivated students and professors provide the inspiration and support to challenge yourself both academically and personally.

Located in San Luis Obispo on California’s sunny Central Coast, Cal Poly maintains a strong connection to industry in both the Bay Area and Southern California, allowing for greater opportunities for students. It is no coincidence that within one year of graduation, 89 percent of our graduates are employed full time or are in graduate school. No matter what path you choose, we will help make sure that you are ready when you get there.

Students and faculty work together at Cal Poly


Cal Poly believes that students learn best through hands-on experiences. This Learn by Doing philosophy guides the curriculum for all of our majors and programs and sets us apart from other universities.

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Student Life

College is about more than academics, it’s also about the experience. San Luis Obispo is an ideal place to live, explore and grow while getting your education.

Learn more about life at Cal Poly

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After Graduation

Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy and strong partnerships with industry give you the confidence and experience for your next steps after graduation.

Learn more about Cal Poly graduates

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Cal Poly is a great place for both athletes and sports fans. We are home to NCAA Division I teams, a variety of club sports and state-of-the-art recreation facilities.

Learn more about Athletics

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The best way to experience Cal Poly is to see it for yourself! Our student-led 90 minute tour will give you a personalized look into what life is really like on campus.

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Does Cal Poly feel like the right place for you? Join other outstanding students in making the decision to attend Cal Poly today!

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Costs and Financial Aid

Cal Poly makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum and is nationally recognized as a best value institution.

Learn more about Costs and Aid


Important Dates

Fall 2017 Undergraduates


Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days
This mandatory two-day orientation begins in July and runs through August. Invitations were sent out in spring.


8-10 Campus housing move-in
10-17 Week of Welcome
Cal Poly’s orientation for freshmen and transfer students.
14 Fall Quarter classes begin.

Fall 2018 Undergraduates


1 Application for admission opens
Undergraduate application for fall 2018.


30 Deadline to submit undergraduate admission application
for fall 2018.


12-18 Open House
Annual showcase of the Cal Poly campus for you, your family and the community.

Download a complete 2017-2018 Admissions Timeline.
Applicants and admitted students can find more information at