Open House FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
We're excited to see you at Open House 2019! To learn more about what's going on at Open House, how to get here and what to expect, take a look at some of the frequently asked Open House questions below!
April 11-13, 2019.
Download the Cal Poly Now app and download the Cal Poly Open House 2019 Guidebook. You will find general info, schedules, transportation info, maps, resources, and much more! You are even able to personalize your own schedule for that weekend.
If you head to our webpage orientation.calpoly.edu, and go to the tab labeled 'Open House.' Choose the schedule option in the drop-down menu and you will be taken to a page with options for each day's schedule. On that page you will also find links to other events happening during Open House weekend.
Yes! Cal Poly is always open for people to visit. For more information, contact Admissions at (805) 756-2311 or visit their site.
In addition, PolyCultural Weekend will be taking place April 5-7, 2019.
Guests are responsible for getting to San Luis Obispo. They can fly, take the train, drive, or walk. There are shuttles and taxis from the airport and the train station. For more information, please see our Plan Your Visit page here.
Poly Royal Rodeo tickets can be purchased at the rodeo gate or at tickets.calpoly.edu. Poly Royal Truck & Tractor Pull tickets can be purchased at the gate, while supplies last.
Cal Poly does not provide housing. The San Luis Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (805) 781-2777 for housing options, or you can view lodging options in and around SLO here. You can also view the hotels that sponsor Open House here. For more information, please see our Plan Your Visit page here.
You can obtain information for a specific major from that particular department. Phone numbers and Websites for each college are listed below:
College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Orfalea College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science & Mathematics
Yes! At our Campus Showcase, we have the Kid’s Fair. There is also the Poly Royal Rodeo, Poly Royal Stage, and more! Find more information on our website at orientation.calpoly.edu/open-house/featured-events.
Poly Rep Tours are offered every hour on Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday of Open House from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tours meet in the University Union Plaza on Friday and on Dexter Lawn on Saturday. The last tour leaves at 2:00 p.m. each day.
University Housing offers guided walking tours of the residence halls, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Meet on the lawn outside of Sequoia Hall.
I am not an admitted student to Cal Poly, and I just want to see the campus and campus life. Is Open House a good opportunity for me?
Open House is a great opportunity to see the campus as well as campus life. Classes are in session on Friday, and Saturday's activities showcase the different departments on campus as well as over 200 clubs and organizations. Friday is directed towards admitted students and their supporters. However, you are still more than welcome to come and visit other events.
Friday is our Admitted Students Preview Day, a day dedicated to introduce students on the academic offerings of Cal Poly. Saturday is focused on our Club Showcase where over 200 student clubs and organizations show off their achievements as well as sell some tasty food. Each day offers something different for you to explore.
Look for "Cal Poly Open House" on Eventbrite, Spring 2019
Newly admitted Cal Poly students: Look for your 'Save the Date' postcard and email
- Admitted Students and guests RSVP for Open House weekend using this link to our Open House Eventbrite
- High Schools juniors and underclassmen, please RSVP using link above
- Cal Poly Alumni & Community members
- Eventbrite "tickets" free to all Open House guests. Additional tickets for Open House special events may require purchase (such as Poly Royal Rodeo)
If you have any questions, contact us at (805) 756-2400 or at email@example.com.
When registering on Eventbrite, you will only receive one ticket with the student's name. If the student would like to bring parent and/or supporters, the maximum number of parents that Eventbrite will let you register is 5. If you have more than 5 parents and supporters, they are still able to come.
Guests with disabilities may request accommodations in advance by contacting the Disability Resource Center at (805) 756-1395.
There is no cost required to attend Open House. Some special events during the weekend have their own ticket fees, but there are many cost-free events to attend.
There will be 4 zones designated for guest parking this weekend.
Pre-purchase your parking permit and know where to go. Parking permits and maps available on line https://afd.calpoly.edu/parking/announcements/index.php
There will NOT be shuttles from the parking lots. The only shuttles provided from the parking lots will be for ADA accommodation.
Yes! There will be shuttles that will transport people to and from three locations around the city. Those locations will be on Grand Ave. area, Madonna area, and Los Osos Valley Road Area. They will be driving students and supporters to the Performance Arts Center (PAC) circle. These shuttles will only be provided on Friday. (link to shuttle map/locations/schedule?)
Staying in the City of SLO? Take SLO Transit to and from campus, FREE with your Open House registration. Just show the SLO Transit driver your Open House ticket on your mobile device, or a printed copy and you ride free, both Friday and Saturday.
Visiting from elsewhere in the County of San Luis Obispo? Ride the regional transit (RTA) free on Friday simply by telling them you are headed to Cal Poly.
For more detailed information you can visit our website orientation.calpoly.edu , and under the 'Open House' tab click on the 'Guest Parking & Transportation' option. (there isn’t a Guest Parking & Transportation option under the Open House tab from the link provided)
Find and click on your major on this list and your major's college will be there!