Prospective Students

Discover why students love Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world.

Begin today and learn more about Cal Poly through our online tools designed to give you the best insight into Cal Poly. Since applicants must declare a major on their applications, applicants can best prepare for the application process by researching their intended major, understanding all that it entails and hopefully visualizing the direction in which their own path can take.

First, sign-up for a VIP page to receive information about Cal Poly programs and departments.

Second, check out our Majors and watch videos from faculty and students speak about their perspective on their program and the Cal Poly Experience.

Then check out the Videos for Prospective Applicants - designed for those with commonly-asked questions.

Tour our campus in person or take a self-guided tour.

Read information about newly admitted students in our Student Profile or check out the history of Cal Poly.

Discovering why students are proud to attend Cal Poly is a testament to the dedicated faculty, staff, and students who fill our rosters, graduate from our programs and commit their careers to student success. Begin your journey, today!

Please note: Cal Poly accepts undergraduate applications once a year for the following Fall Quarter and the online application is open from Oct 1st - November 30th at

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Applicants (who have received the access email) and Admitted students can access Cal Poly's Uportal: MyCalPoly.

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