Open House FAQ's

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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!

When is Open House 2019?

How can I get the schedule for Open House?

If I can't come to Open House, is there another way I can see the campus?

How can I get to San Luis Obispo?

How can I get tickets for the Rodeo and Tractor Pull?

Where should I stay during Open House weekend?

Can you please send me information about my major?

Are there any family oriented activities at Open House?

Do you give tours during Open House?

Is there an opportunity to visit the residence halls during Open House?

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?

We can only come for one day, which would you recommend?

How do I RSVP for Open House?

I registered for myself and my family, but only have one ticket from Eventbrite. Is that okay?

How many parents & supporters can attend with their student?

How can I request accommodations for a disability?

Is there a cost to attend Open House?

Once I am on campus where do I park?

Are there any other modes of transportation to get to campus?

What college is my major under?

When is Cal Poly's Open House?

April 11-13, 2019. 

How can I get the schedule for Open House?

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.

If I can't come to Open House, is there another way I can see the campus?

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. 

How can I get to San Luis Obispo?

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.

How can I get tickets for the Poly Royal Rodeo and Poly Royal Truck & Tractor Pull?

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.

Where should I stay during Open House weekend?

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.

How can I learn more about my major?

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
(805) 756-2161

College of Architecture & Environmental Design
(805) 756-7432

Orfalea College of Business
(805) 756-2704

College of Engineering
(805) 756-2131

College of Liberal Arts
(805) 756-2359

College of Science & Mathematics
(805) 756-2226

Are there any family-oriented activities during Open House?

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.

Do you give tours during Open House?

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.

Is there an opportunity to visit the residence halls during Open House?

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.

We can only come for one day, which one would you recommend?

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.

How can I RSVP for Open House?

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 openhouse@calpoly.edu.

I registered for myself and my family, but only have one ticket from Eventbrite. Is that okay?

Yes! When you or your student registered on Eventbrite, we asked specifically for the number of students in attendance – thus the ticket amount being one (1). Later in the Eventbrite Registration, we ask for number of additional party members joining you, this is to ensure the event has the accurate numbers for activities or meals when applicable. Do not be concerned if you only have one ticket for a party size that is larger. We know how many are in your party per the remaining questions on the registration form and we will be prepared for you upon arrival. We are excited to see you at Open House weekend!

How many parents & supporters can attend with their student?

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.

How can I request accommodations for a disability?

Guests with disabilities may request accommodations in advance by contacting the Disability Resource Center at (805) 756-1395.

Is there a cost to attend Open House?

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.

Once I am on campus, where do I park?

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.

Are there any other modes of transportation to get to campus?

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)

What college is my major under?

 Find and click on your major on this list and your major's college will be there!

 

 

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