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Application Resources

As part of the CSU System, Cal Poly utilizes the Cal State Apply application. We have compiled a variety of workshops, tips and guides to help guide you through the application.

Application Guides

Find detailed information on completing each section of the Cal State Apply application. Video tutorials are also available to walk you through the application.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Questions

What does residency mean?
Read more on our residency page.

What if I want to apply to more than one campus?
You'll use CalState Apply to apply to all California State University (CSU) campuses of your choosing. Select all campuses and program to which you wish to apply. 

What identifying numbers do I use?
Use your social security number, if you have one, omitting dashes.
You can also enter your SSID and/or campus ID if you have one, though this is optional. 

Questions for the Admissions Office?
Contact us!

Issues with Cal State Apply?

Have your CAS ID# when contacting Cal State Apply. It can be found in the upper-right corner of your application. 

  • Email:
  • Phone: 857-304-2087
    Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT
  • Response times can be up to three business days.

Making Changes to Your Application

  • The last day for application changes is January 15 for most majors. Music,  Art & Design and Architecture have until January 1 for changes.
  • Changes are limited to:
    • Primary majors
    • Biographical information
  • In January, the application will re-open through Cal State Apply to allow for current academic year updates only. This includes fall grades yet to be entered and any changes to winter or spring coursework. 

Decision Timeline and Application Status

  • Applicants will be notified of admission status by April 1 on the MyCalPoly portal and via email. Your MyCalPoly portal is the first place to see your decision.
  • Having trouble with your portal access? Activate your portal or troubleshoot issues.
  • International and internationally educated students must have all required documents submitted by March 1.
  • We may request additional information in order to make a decision. Please check your email regularly to make sure you don't miss a request.

Application Workshops

Our virtual workshops are a great guide through the application process. Workshops will be held most Thursdays and Fridays throughout October and November. We also encourage you to check out our video tutorials before registering. 


Have a question not addressed here or in the application itself? Please give us a call! We’re happy to help you throughout this process.  

Once the application has been submitted, very few changes are permitted. We are available Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., (PT) at (805) 756-2311.

Application Tip: Remember to take your time 
We do not give preference to applications submitted early. Don’t rush through this process. Have someone else double check your application prior to submission, if possible.