Student on graduation day

Set Yourself


Ready on Day One

Our alumni and their employers agree: Cal Poly graduates enter the workforce prepared to lead from the first day on the job. The Learn by Doing experience puts our students in high demand with many of the nation’s top companies.

Each year, hundreds of employers attend our career fairs, industry events, and networking sessions to recruit smart, hardworking, well-prepared Cal Poly students. Our graduates have gone on to be successful at some of the world’s top companies, including Apple, Tesla, Lockheed Martin and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Many also go on to thrive in graduate programs at universities such as Harvard, Columbia and UCLA.

The Learn By Doing Difference

The Mustang Network

With more than 180,000 alumni across the globe, the Mustang network is strong — and growing.

Cal Poly alumni understand the value of a Learn by Doing education better than anyone else. That’s why they serve as mentors and connectors helping to link Cal Poly students with career opportunities, and why lifelong friendships born at Cal Poly often grow into successful startups, innovative businesses and professional partnerships.

Through the Cal Poly Alumni Association’s regional and affinity chapters, our alumni continue to network, volunteer and stay connected to their Mustang family well after graduation.

Measuring Our Results

The average 20-year ROI for our graduates is nearly $700,000 according to

We’re one of “America’s Best Value Colleges” according to Forbes ranked us No. 3 among universities on the West Coast for post-graduation salary

Consumers Digest ranked us No. 5 among public universities on its “Top 100 College Values” list

What Cal Poly Did For Me

“No other higher learning institution I know of has the opportunity to do what Cal Poly can do because of Learn by Doing.”

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Journalism ’80, President of Dwell Media

“At Cal Poly, I was able get a breadth of knowledge and experiences from both operations and strategy. I enjoyed the perspective of being able to do both. That breadth of knowledge gives you the confidence to lead more types of people.”

Brett Wingo, Industrial Technology, ’89, Vice President of Software, Systems and Operations, Cisco

“At Cal Poly I learned how to learn, and hence how to move between different domains in short periods of time and be successful. It’s all about doing, not talking, and you have to be curious.”

Mike Abbott, Biochemistry, ‘94, General Partner, Kliener Perkins Caulfield Byers

View the latest data on recent college graduates on the Cal Poly Graduate Status Report.