What is a First-Year Student?
You are considered a first-year student if you are currently in high school (with or without any completed college classes) or you are a high school graduate who has not attended any college after high school, prior to entering Cal Poly.
Cal Poly accepts applications for first-year students from October 1 - November 30. Learn more about our application process, including choosing a major and how to submit your application materials.
Dates to Remember
Learn about application due dates, financial aid filing periods, when you will be notified about our decision and more.
Review our admissions requirements and selection criteria, including GPA, test scores and other variables.
Explore Our Majors
Cal Poly's six academic colleges offer more than 60 majors for you to consider.
We require students to declare a major as part of the application process in order to maximize their experience in their chosen field from Day One. While changing your major may be possible, we recommend you explore majors thoroughly before making your choice.
Once You're Accepted
Did you get an offer of admission and are wondering what you need to do next? Learn more about the steps you need to take and the things to remember after you have been selected for conditional admission to Cal Poly.