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Join us for Cal Poly Open House: April 11–13, 2024!

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.

Thursday — Campus Preview Night at Farmers’ Market

Farmer's Market in Downtown SLO during Open House


Campus Preview Night at Farmers’ Market

Thursday, April 11

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 12th   

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 12th 

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 2024! 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.

Open House attendees and booths at the Resource Fair


Resource Fair

Friday, April 12th

8:00 am - 11:00 am

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 12

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.

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


Friday Nite Invite

Friday, April 12

6:30 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 12

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 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 13

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 13

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 13

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 13

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 13

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 13

Alumni Wine & Beer Garden

Saturday, April 13

Join us to reconnect with classmates and faculty after a day of exploring student projects and displays celebrating Learn by Doing!

Poly Royal Rodeo & Concert

Date and time TBD

Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull

Sunday, April 13th

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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