Since our founding in 1901, Cal Poly has developed many traditions and rituals. Learn more about the experiences that help our students create fond memories and become Mustangs for life.
A 60+ year tradition, our nationally-acclaimed Week of Welcome (WOW) is a fun and memorable way to get acquainted with the campus.
Originally constructed in 1919, The P is a recognized symbol of campus. A popular hike, the P is also often decorated to spell out messages.
A newer fixture on campus, Einstein sits outside the Baker Center and is a great spot for pictures and to gain a little luck by rubbing his head before an exam.
Carrying on the tradition started with Poly Royal in 1933, our annual Open House showcases Cal Poly to new students, their families and the community.
In partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, we have been designing and building innovative floats for Pasadena’s annual Rose Parade since 1949.
Poly Canyon has been the home to many generations of student projects and large-scale experimental structures. Every spring, it is also home to the annual Design Village competition.
San Luis Obispo's internationally renowned Farmer’s Market stretches 5 blocks and is a mixture of local produce, live music and quirkiness.
Bonfires on the Beach
A warm fire, cool ocean air and a group of good friends. With the ocean 10 miles away from campus, it's a regular occurrence.
Whether you are looking for a place to play a quick game or take a quick nap, Dexter Lawn is the definite go-to.
Take the Tip-Tip Challenge and hike three of San Luis Obispo’s most popular trails (Bishop Peak, Madonna Mountain and the Cal Poly P). Celebrate your endeavor with a tri-tip sandwich.
Senior Projects are a rite of passage that allows our students to integrate the skills and knowledge they have learned into one final project.
Midnight Donut Run
What’s better during a long night of studying than a 3 a.m. donut run?! Good thing they are open 24 hours.