Open House

Farmers' Market during Open House

You're invited to Cal Poly's Open House: April 16 - 18, 2020

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.

Admitted and prospective students: RSVPs available mid-February 2020

Learn more about what Open House can offer for you and how to get started.

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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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Open House weekend begins with "Campus Preview Night at Farmers' Market" on Thursday, April 16 from 6PM–9PM. Explore downtown and experience San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmers' Market. Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations will be present to showcase what they have to offer.

The weekend continues on Friday, April 17 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 18, 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 250 clubs and organizations, Dexter Stage, and additional premier special events including:
- Poly Royal Truck & Tractor Pull
- Poly Royal Rodeo
- Alumni Beer and Wine 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.

Don’t forget to book your stay in San Luis Obispo. The city of San Luis Obispo offers a wide range of lodging accommodations within a minute’s drive from campus. Follow this link to explore a list of more the 38 San Luis Obispo’s hotels and homestays and find your perfect place to stay. Don’t forget to visit, the city’s official visitor website for off-campus things to do during your visit.


Download our App "Cal Poly Now"!

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.

Download the Open House Guide on your smartphone!

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 — check back soon to RSVP. Admitted students will receive an email and postcard with RSVP link.

Get Started in Three Steps:

  1. Newly admitted Cal Poly students: Look for your 'Save the Date' postcard and email
  2. Guests: RSVP for Open House weekend using the link to Eventbrite here
  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 inclusively 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 to those who attended Open House 2019! 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Cal Poly's 26th Annual Open House in 2019—and congratulations to all of our booth, parade, and food winners!

Parade Winners

Best Overall Mustang Band
Most Spirited Preschool Learning Lab
Most Creative Chinese Student Association
Best Float Rose Float

Booth Winners

Best of Show Mustang Band
School Spirit Cal Poly Cheer
Kids Favorite CSM Ambassadors
Committee Favorite Construction Management Club

Food Winners

Best Tri-Tip Alpha Gamma Rho
Ethnic Food Chinese Christian Fellowship
Overall Dessert Los Lecheros Dairy Club
Best Overall Food Chinese Cultural Club


Looking to the future?

Open House will be April 8-10, 2021 - we'll see you there!

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