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Join us for Cal Poly Open House: April 13–15, 2023!

We are so excited to welcome admitted students, prospective students, alumni, and parents and supporters of Cal Poly to Open House Weekend! Join us for a weekend of fun events, make new connections, and learn more about what Cal Poly has to offer. 

Click here to view the complete schedule on the New Mustang Guide.

Thursday — Campus Preview Night at Farmers’ Market

Farmer's Market in Downtown SLO during Open House


Campus Preview Night at Farmers’ Market

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown San Luis Obispo

Campus Preview Night at Farmers Market is a small look into everything offered on campus. There will be multiple club booths and even some performances. Students and supporters get a preview of all we offer at Cal Poly, while enjoying one of the most popular things to do in San Luis Obispo — the downtown Farmers Market!

Friday — Admitted Students’ Discovery Day

Nametags and boxes at Open House Check-In


Check-In: Friday, April 14th   

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Open House Check-in | Performing Arts Center circle and Ag. Circle


Alumni House Open Hours

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location is Bldg. 28, corner of Campus Way and Crandall Way

Alumni can swing by the Alumni House to take advantage of free wi-fi, enjoy our patio, and more!

Open House attendees at University Welcome


University Welcomes

Friday, April 14th 

At University Welcomes, you will be introduced to Cal Poly's President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Vice President Keith Humphrey as well as the Co-Chairs of Open House 2023, Ariana Tirado and Mary Grace Mylod-Vargas! They will be giving you the warmest welcome to Cal Poly, provide a glimpse of our orientation series, and outline all Open House events and opportunities. There will also be performances from Cal Poly's Mustang Band, Dance Team, and a-cappella group That's the Key! You'll attend only one out of the two University Welcomes sessions, depending on which Academic College you applied for when you submitted your Cal Poly application, as depicted below.

University Welcome I, 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Rec Center Main Gym 

Please attend University Welcomes I (Seating begins at 8:30 am) if you applied to any of the following:

  • The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES)
  • The Orfalea College of Business (OCOB)
  • The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)

University Welcome II, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Rec Center Main Gym

Please attend University Welcomes II (Seating begins at 10:00 am) if you applied to any of the following:

  • The College of Engineering (CENG)
  • The College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
  • The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)
Open House attendees and booths at the Resource Fair


Resource Fair

Friday, April 14th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

University Union Plaza (UU Plaza) 

Resource Fair is an opportunity for students and supporters to engage with campus resources. Throughout mustang way and the UU plaza, the resources will set up booths and have representatives present to provide information, answer questions, and just be a friendly face. It’s a great time to find out all the possible resources this school has to offer!

The Open House 2018 Transfer Mixer


Transfer Sessions

Friday, April 14

Session 1: 1 – 2:30 p.m. and Session 2: 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Welcome Center classroom (yakʔitʸutʸu Building 172H, Room 111)

Each session will include a 60-minute presentation & Q&A including New Student and Transition Programs, Admissions, the Transfer Center, and Financial Aid and a 30-minute transfer student panel.

These sessions require advanced registration. Incoming transfer students were sent a link to register via email.

Transfer Housing Presentation

Friday, April 14 from 4:15-5:00 pm

Baker Center for Science and Math, building 180, room 101

Open House attendees at Friday Night Invite in the University Union Plaza


Friday Nite Invite

Friday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

University Union Plaza (UU Plaza)

An event on Friday Night of Open House that invites prospective students to meet each other, unwind, and make connections in an environment that simulates college life on a Friday night. There will be food such as pizza, salad, and candy. Activity options include dancing, games, bowling, and crafts. There will also be some other surprises throughout the night!


A supporter talking to a presenter at Coffee House


Coffee House

Friday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Chumash Auditorium

While students are enjoying Friday Nite Invite, parents and supporters are invited to Coffee House, where they can talk to current students from all six of Cal Poly's colleges while enjoying coffee and connection! 


Saturday — Poly Royal Celebration

Morning Cup with President Armstrong

Saturday, April 15, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Bldg. 108, Sequoia Front Lawn 

Join Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong for coffee and a light breakfast to learn about Cal Poly and get your questions answered. After the event, enjoy front row seats to the Poly Royal Parade!

Poly Royal Parade

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

North Perimeter Road

The parade is an event that showcases our campus and community through various floats and performances. It is lots of fun and usually includes different clubs, teams, and community organizations!

Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Dexter Lawn

Opening Ceremonies introduces prospective students and supporters to all that Cal Poly and SLO has to offer. This event will feature speakers including President Armstrong, our ASI president, and others!


One of the booths at the Campus Showcase during Open House


Campus Showcase

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dexter Lawn

Campus Showcase is a time for various clubs & organizations to showcase themselves to prospective students & their supporters! This is a great opportunity for guests to interact with on/off campus entities and see how they can get involved!

Two musicians performing on the Poly Royal Stage during Open House


Dexter Stage

Saturday, April 15, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Dexter Lawn

Dexter Stage is an opportunity to showcase Cal Poly and the SLO community's talent to prospective students and their supporters. It will consist of performances by different on-campus clubs and off-campus entities.



Transfer Student Social

Saturday, April 15,12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Advanced Technologies Lab, building 7

Alumni Wine & Beer Garden

Saturday, April 15, Time 2 – 4 p.m. 

Engineering Plaza, between buildings 192 and 197

Register now for the Cal Poly Alumni Wine & Beer Garden at Open House. Join us at the Engineering Plaza (located between buildings 192 and 197 on the Cal Poly campus) to reconnect with classmates and faculty after a day of exploring student projects and displays celebrating Learn by Doing! Tickets include wine and beer tastings, food from alumni-owned Rib Line Catering and a souvenir Cal Poly wine glass. This event sold out last year and is sure to do so again. Don't wait, space is limited! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Link for tickets: https://ticketscalpoly.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3AMULTI%3AX23%3AX019%3A&linkID=calpoly-multi&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=%20&cgc=&dataAccId=839&locale=en_US&siteId=ev_calpoly-multi

Poly Royal Rodeo & Concert

Saturday, April 15, 5:30 – 10:00 PM

Rodeo Center 

This year's annual Poly Royal Rodeo at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium will be held Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House.

Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull

Sunday, April 15th, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Field on the corner of Highland Dr. and Mt. Bishop Rd.

The Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo almost every April since 1972. It is one of the largest events at Open House, drawing nearly 4,000 spectators and over 50 competitors from the Western United States. The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event bolster a scholarship endowment that goes to hard-working students of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. In 2016, the scholarship fund gave out over $30,000 to students.

Cal Poly encourages inclusivity in all its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access or Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, please contact New Student & Transition Programs (orientation@calpoly.edu) in advance of your participation or visit.

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