Your years at Cal Poly are not just about academics, they are also about the experience. College is a time to explore and embrace new ideas, make new friends, and discover new interests. With over 300 clubs, an active athletic program, a state-of-the-art Recreation Center, and a wide variety of on-campus events, there is always something new to discover and make your own.
San Luis Obispo is an ideal home away from home. Known as the “Happiest City in America,” SLO is a classic college town with amazing natural surroundings, plenty of sunshine, and a wide variety of restaurants, shopping, culture and outdoor activities.
Whether you choose to hike Poly Canyon, discover secret surf spots, join a club, take in a show, volunteer at a local nonprofit or paint your face for football tailgates, the path you take is up to you!
Living on campus gives you more connection to the campus community and easy access to academic and health resources, recreational activities, dining, student clubs and organizations, friends and entertainment. Because this all leads to your greater success, Cal Poly requires all freshmen to live on campus.
We offer many types of housing, including residence halls and apartments in various residential Learning Communities across campus. When our students apply for housing, they indicate their top five Learning Community preferences, and the majority are placed in their first preference.
Cal Poly is great place for both athletes and sports fans alike with its share of traditions, intense rivalries and championship-winning teams.
With 27 sports offered, Club Sports are a thriving part of Cal Poly’s competitive athletic environment.
The Cal Poly Recreation Center is your destination to work out, take a class, join a team, shoot some hoops, swim, or soak up the sun.
Cal Poly Rodeo is a long and beloved campus tradition, with one of the most winning legacies in collegiate rodeo history.
Cal Poly has more than 300 student organizations to serve a wide range of interests, including academic, professional, service, cultural, religious, artistic, athletic, Greek Life and more. Getting involved in a student club or organization can enhance your overall experience and help you increase your campus support network, hone your leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop new interests and opportunities.
Cal Poly Mustangs are a tight-knit community who work hard and play hard. Our students are always looking for their next adventure as they explore the world around them. Below are a few images from current students and recent graduates.