Open House

You're invited to Cal Poly's 30th Annual Open House: April 13–15, 2023!

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 13 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 14 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 15, 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 14th is Admitted Students Day and only open to students who have been admitted to the university. Please check back for the link to RSVP. An RSVP is not required for events held on Thursday, April 13th and Saturday, April 15th.

If you are a prospective student, alumni or community member, please join us on Thursday, April 13th for our Downtown Farmers Market and Saturday, April 15th for our community events on campus! 

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 | TBD

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

9 AM – 9:45 AM | University Welcome I: Orfalea College of Business (OCOB), College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED)

10 AM |Academic College Meetings (CAFES, CAED, OCOB) | Various Locations

10 AM – 2 PM | Campus Tour | University Union (leaving hourly)

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | University Welcome II: College of Engineering (CENG), College of Science and Math (CSM), College of Liberal Arts (CLA) | Rec Center Main Gym 

11:30 AM | Academic College Meetings (CENG, CSM, CLA) | Various

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 – 9:30 PM | Friday Nite Invite | University Union Plaza

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Parent & Supporter Coffee House | Chumash Auditorium


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

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

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

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

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

11 AM – 2 PM | Cal Poly Campus Tour | Dexter Lawn (Leaving hourly)

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

TBD| Truck & Tractor Pull

TBD | Alumni Wine & Beer Garden

TBD | Poly Rodeo

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.

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