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How to Apply

Cal Poly will be selecting some of the best and brightest students in California and around the world to join us next year. Our undergraduate application is open from Oct. 1 – Nov. 30 through Cal State Apply, the common application for all CSU campuses.

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, household annual income, and social security number (if available).
  4. Apply
    Cal Poly accepts applications online through Cal State Apply from Oct. 1 – Nov. 30. Late applications are not accepted, and we can’t make changes to your application once it is submitted. There are a few changes you can make to your application. You may also want to look through our application resources 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, unless you qualify for an application fee waiver. The application will notify you automatically whether or not you qualify for a fee waiver at the time of submittal.
  6. Keep in Touch
    Make sure you add [email protected] to your contact List. Email is our primary form of communication and how we will keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process. You will be contacted if we need any additional supporting documents such as transcripts or portfolios. We will also email you instructions to access your My Cal Poly Portal.


Architecture, 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 ArchitectureArt and Design and Music Departments