Open House

Farmers' Market in Downtown SLO during Open House

You're invited to Cal Poly's Open House: April 11 - 13, 2019

This annual event showcases the Cal Poly campus to new students, their families, and the community while offering a glimpse to life as a Mustang.


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Considering Cal Poly? Make a visit to campus during Open House the first step on your journey! Learn more about campus, our programs and the community!

Already attending Cal Poly? Open House is a great way to explore more options our campus offers, find something new to do, or even volunteer!

Open House isn't just for current students and their supporters — it's also a great opportunity for alums to revisit and community members to explore!

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What's Happening

Open House weekend begins with "Campus Preview at Farmers' Market" on Thursday, April 11 from 6PM–9PM. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer.

The weekend continues on April 12 for "Admitted Students Discovery Day". Friday kicks off with a University Welcome where you will hear from campus leaders and students about their Mustang Legacies. Throughout the day, experience Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy through sessions from your academic college and interactive classrooms and experiences. In the evening, we invite you to engage with other prospective and current Cal Poly students at Friday Nite Invite. Additionally, parents and supporters are invited to join New Student & Transition Programs for Coffee House to learn about what’s next for new students on their Cal Poly journey.

Finally, join us Saturday, April 13, as the entire Mustang community comes to campus to Celebrate the Mustang Legacy during “Poly Royal Celebration”. Festivities start with the Poly Royal Parade and continue all day with the Campus Showcase, featuring over 200 clubs and organizations, Dexter Stage, and additional premier special events including:
-Truck & Tractor Pull
-Poly Royal Rodeo
-Alumni Wine and Beer Garden (open to all 21 and over) 


Whether you’re a new or current student, family member, community member, or a returning alum, we’re excited to see you at this year’s Open House!


Are you a parent or supporter?

A great resource for learning more about the options available at Open House for parents, supporters, and families of current and prospective students is Cal Poly's Parent and Family Programs. You can learn more about their Open House offerings here.


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Stay up to date with the most recent schedule using Cal Poly Now, the official application of Cal Poly Student Affairs. Download now from the App Store and Google Play.

View the Schedule Online

If you're interested in what's happening, feel free to check out the online Open House schedule here. Please note the schedule is subject to frequent updates and changes. Please check back or download on mobile for most up-to-date info and schedule.

How to RSVP

This year, we'll be using Eventbrite to manage our Open House RSVPs — once it gets a little closer, revisit this page for more information about how to get your free Open House tickets through Eventbrite and have them ready-to-go for when you arrive on campus!

Get Started in Three Steps:

  1. Newly admitted Cal Poly students: Look for your 'Save the Date' postcard and email
  2. Guests will RSVP for Open House weekend using the link we'll post above once Open House gets a little closer
  3. Eventbrite "tickets" are 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 and Inclusivity

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 ( in advance of your participation or visit.


Thank you for attending: April 6 - 8, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Cal Poly's 24th Annual Open House in 2017!


Looking to the future?

Open House will be April 16-18, 2020 - we'll see you there!



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