Open House

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Thank you for your interest in Cal Poly Open House! If you missed this year's Open House, be sure to check back for information about next year's weekend taking place April 13–15, 2023!

You're invited to Cal Poly's 29th Annual Open House: April 7-9, 2022!

This annual event showcases the Cal Poly campus to new students, their families and supporters, and the community while offering a glimpse to life as a Mustang.


Weekend Overview

Open House weekend begins with "Campus Preview Night at Farmers' Market" on Thursday, April 7 from 6–9 p.m. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world famous Farmers' Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer!

The weekend continues on Friday, April 8th with "Admitted Students' Discovery Day." The day kicks off with our University Welcome, where you will hear from campus leaders and students about their Mustang Legacies. Throughout the day, you'll experience Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy through sessions hosted by your academic college, interactive classrooms,  and other campus experiences. In the evening, we invite you to engage with other prospective and current Cal Poly students at Friday Nite Invite. Additionally, parents and supporters are invited to join New Student & Transition Programs for Coffee House to learn what’s next for new students on their Cal Poly journey.

Finally, you're invited to join us Saturday, April 9th, as the Cal Poly community celebrates the Mustang Legacy during “Poly Royal Celebration.” Festivities start with the Poly Royal Parade and continue all day with our Campus Showcase, featuring over 200 clubs and organizations, Dexter Stage, and additional special events. 

Whether you’re a new or current student, supporter, or alumni - we are excited to see you at Open House! 

Registration & RSVP for Open House

If you are an admitted student - - Friday, April 8th is Admitted Students Day and only open to students who have been admitted to the university. Please use this link to RSVP!  RSVP is not required for events held on Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 9.

If you are a prospective student or alumni please feel free to join us on Thursday, April 7 for our Downtown Farmers Market and Saturday, April 9 for our community events on campus! 

Registration & RSVP for Virtual Open House 

If you are unable to attend our in-person Open House events, please join us virtually during April 11-15th! Virtual Open House is open to all prospective students and admitted students. Head on over to our Schedule of Virtual Events for more information!

Download our New Mustang Guide for more details of Open House Weekend!

The New Mustang Guide is live with details about Open House weekend, with events, locations, and resources along the way! After downloading Guidebook from the app store, search "New Mustang Guide" to download the guide.

Schedule of  Open House Events 



6 PM – 9 PM | Campus Preview Night at Farmers’ Market | Downtown SLO  



8 AM – 12 PM | Open House Check-in | Performing Arts Center Plaza   

8 AM – 10 AM | Alumni Coffee Hour | SOLD OUT!

8 AM – 1 PM | Campus Resource Fair | University Union Plaza  

8 AM – 1 PM | Open House Sponsor Fair | Mustang Way   

8 AM – 1 PM | Cal Poly’s New Mustang Booth | University Union Plaza  

8 AM – 4 PM | Open House Info Booth | Mustang Way 

10 AM – 3 PM | Campus Tour | University Union  


9 AM – 9:45 AM | University Welcome I | Rec Center Main Gym 

10 AM | Academic College Meetings | Various (see below)  

10 AM – 10:45 AM | Orfalea College of Business (OCOB) | Rec Center – MAC 

10 AM – 11:30 AM | College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Students | Farm Shop 

10 AM – 11:30 AM | College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Parents | PAC – Miossi Hall 

10 AM – 11:30 AM | College of Architecture & Enviornmental Design (CAED) | Spanos Theatre


10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | University Welcome II | Rec Center Main Gym 

11:30 AM | Academic College Meetings | Various (see below)  

11:30am – 12:15pm | College of Engineering (CENG) | Rec Center Main Gym 

11:30am – 1pm | College of Science and Math (CSM | MAC 

11:30am – 12:30pm | College of Liberal Arts (CLA) | PAC – Miossi Hall 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Transfer Panel | 52-E27


After your large college breakout session there will also be departmental events coordinated by your college! After that use the break time to get to know the San Luis Obispo Community, visit a local eatery, or relax! 


7:00 PM – 10 PM | Friday Nite Invite | University Union Plaza  
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Parent & Supporter Coffee House | Multi-Activities Center (MAC)   



8:30 AM – 10 AM | Morning Cup with President Armstrong | Bldg. 108, Sequoia Front Lawn  

9 AM – 11 AM | Honored Guests Reception | Location TBA 

10 AM – 11 AM | Poly Royal Parade | North Perimeter Road  

10 AM – 3 PM | Open House Information Booth | Dexter Lawn 

10 AM – 3 PM | Cal Poly’s New Mustang Booth | Dexter Lawn 

11 AM – 3 PM | Cal Poly Campus Showcase | Dexter Lawn 

11 AM – 3 PM | Kids’ Zone | H-10 Parking Lot 

11 AM – 11:45 AM | Poly Royal Opening Ceremonies |  Dexter Lawn 

11 AM – 3 PM | Cal Poly Campus Tour | Dexter Lawn 

11 AM – 3 PM | Perspective Project | Location TBA

11:45 AM – 2:30 PM | Dexter Stage | Dexter Lawn 

12 PM – 2 PM | Alumni Social | Advance Technology Lab (Building 007)  

1 PM – 3 PM | Truck & Tractor Pull | Field Across From Crops Unit  

2 PM – 4 PM | Alumni Wine & Beer Garden | Engineering Quad  | SOLD OUT!

2:30 PM – 3 PM | Dexter Stage Award Ceremony | Dexter Lawn 

5:30 PM – 10 PM | Poly Rodeo | Rodeo Center 




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