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Your First Steps

Cal Poly will select some of the best and brightest students in California and around the world to join our class of 2022. Our undergraduate application for Fall 2018 is open from October 1st – November 30th through Cal State Apply. Take your first step in becoming a Mustang and apply today!

What Does Cal Poly Look For?

Admission to Cal Poly is competitive within all majors. Our selection process considers factors for admission in an objective format in which applicants compete against other applicants within the same major.

You can find additional details on freshmen and transfer selection criteria on the Cal Poly Admissions website pages below.

Freshmen Criteria Transfer Criteria

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How Do I Apply?

The undergraduate application for Fall 2018 is open from October 1 – November 30 through Cal State Apply, the California State University common application that allows students to apply to multiple CSU campuses. When applying, we recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Explore our majors and choose a program of study.
  2. Review our selection criteria for Freshman or Transfer students.
  3. Submit your application online with your $55 application fee.
  4. Add to your contact list. Email is our primary form of communication and how we will keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process.


International students should review the International Applicant Process on the admissions website.

OCOB student Matthew Lem

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Matthew Lem

Second year, Business Administration

“Picking Cal Poly was the best decision I ever made! There is nothing like waking up everyday to the Central Coast sun, being surrounded with welcoming and friendly people, and having a world of opportunities to push my career forward.”

CLA student Nesrine Majzoub

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Nesrine Majzoub

Second year, Sociology

“I chose Cal Poly so I could be on the beautiful Central Coast, and it enabled me to have a major and a minor that complement each other perfectly. I’ve been able to work on projects that I’m really passionate about.”

CAFES student Armando Nevarez

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Armando Nevarez

First year, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering

“The best aspect of Cal Poly is the people you meet. From Day One, you will be able to meet others that share your interests and create an amazing network filled with fellow students, professors and industry professionals.”

CAED student Lisa-Marie Mueller

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Lisa-Marie Mueller

Fifth year, Architecture

“I chose Cal Poly because of the opportunities and experiences the university provides for its students including multi-disciplinary projects, study abroad programs, and networking connections.”

COSAM student Karoline Eckhart

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Karoline Eckhart

Second year, Chemistry

“Learn by Doing was one of Cal Poly’s biggest selling points…(it) has given me the opportunity to apply and practice what I’ve learned in class. The university is very student-focused, and the faculty not only remember your name, but they also truly care about your success.”

OCOB student Christine Nunez

Why I Chose Cal Poly

Christine Nunez

Second year, Business Administration

“Cal Poly Scholars has made me realize that anything is possible because I have that support that I need, I do have that community that I am welcomed in all the time, and that I do have opportunities that I greatly respect and appreciate”