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Application for International First-Year Students

Cal Poly’s application for first-year students is open from October 1 – November 30 through Cal State Apply, the application for all CSU campuses. We do not have a separate international application. International first-year students are only eligible to apply for the fall quarter.

Get Started

  1. Choose a Major
    Cal Poly requires you to choose a major on your application. Explore our majors and choose a program of study with our Major Finder.
  2. Review Selection Criteria
    Review our selection criteria to ensure you are maximizing your opportunity for selection as well as placing the correct information on your application.
  3. Gather Application Materials
    In order to complete your application, make sure you have a copy of your transcripts, current class schedules, test scores, and household annual income.
  4. Apply
    Cal Poly accepts undergraduate applications online through Cal State Apply from October 1 – November 30. Late applications are not accepted, and we can’t make changes to your application once it is submitted. You may also want to look through our application resources for first-year students for tips on how to complete the application.
  5. Pay Your Fee
    There is a $70 application fee per campus at the time you submit your application.
  6. Complete Your File
    Make sure Cal Poly receives your transcripts, English proficiency exam results and test scores by March 1.
  7. Keep in Touch
    Make sure you add, as well as to your Contact List. Email is our primary form of communication and how we will keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process. If you have any questions as a prospective international student, please send to

Art and Design and Music Department Applicants
Qualified applicants will be notified in mid-January to submit a portfolio. More information is available through the Art and Design and Music Departments