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experience is the curriculum

Our Learn by Doing philosophy sets us apart from other colleges and universities. From your first moments on campus, you will combine classroom theory with hands-on, real-world experiences. This powerful combination gives you the skills and confidence to become successful from day one in your career and throughout the rest of your life.

Undergraduate education

Learn by Doing allows our undergraduates to experience education differently. You are encouraged to participate in applied research, work directly with industry partners across California and begin the process of discovering your passions and changing the world. 

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Graduate education

As a graduate student, you will participate in hands-on learning experiences, research, industry projects and more while earning your degree. This practice-orientated approach to graduate education gives you the advanced knowledge and leadership skills necessary to hit the ground running and  make a difference in your career from day one. 

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Learning in Action

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On the Job Learning

Nothing prepares you for your future career like getting in there and actually doing the work. Many of our majors require you to complete an internship or cooperative learning experience as a core part of your program.

Internships & Co-ops

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Senior Projects

As an undergraduate, you will need to complete a senior project before graduation. This could mean engaging in scholarly research, working with industry partners or even starting your own business. 

Learn More About Senior Projects

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Explore the World

You are preparing for a career in a world more connected than ever before. Cal Poly offers more than 500 ways to experience the world in 75 different countries to help you gain a new perspective.

Study Abroad

Student Research,
Lifelong Learning

At Cal Poly research is a not only a way to test new ideas and create new knowledge, it’s also a powerful learning tool. 

Research at Cal Poly

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Our Academic Colleges

Our six academic colleges consist of over 180 undergraduate degree programs, minors, graduate programs and certificates.