Open House FAQ's

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When is Open House 2018?

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?

How can I request accommodations for a disability?

Is there a cost to attend Open House?

When is Cal Poly's Open House?

April 12-14, 2018. 

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 11-13, 2018. 

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 both Friday and Saturday of Open House from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Friday’s tours meet in the University Union Plaza and meet 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 at the front desk of the hall you wish to visit to join a walking tour.

University Housing Shuttle tours of Cal Poly's South Mountain Halls, North Mountain Halls, and campus apartments are also provided both days from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. with the last shuttle boarding at 3:00 p.m.  The Housing Shuttle boards at Sequoia Hall and makes brief stops at Cerro Vista Apartments. Shuttle tours are 30 minutes in duration.

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 Event Brite, Spring 2018

  • Newly admitted Cal Poly students: Look for your 'Save the Date' postcard and email 
  • Admitted Students and guests RSVP for Open House weekend using above link or link to Open House Event Brite 
  • High Schools juniors and underclassmen, please RSVP using link above
  • Cal Poly Alumni & Community members
  • Event Brite "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 open-house@calpoly.edu.

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.

 

 

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