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Congratulations on beginning your journey towards higher education! Our virtual Preview Day will help you to get to know campus, answer your questions and, hopefully, make your college search a little easier. 

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Welcome to Cal Poly 

We're kicking off our Preview Day with a student-led panel giving you an overview of Learn by Doing, our signature educational style, as well as a look at what life is like for our students. From housing to athletics to clubs and organizations, you will hear about the many resources and opportunities we offer. 

Register for Life at Cal Poly

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Learn about our Colleges

While Learn by Doing is part of all six of our academic colleges, each has their own set of programs, degrees and opportunities. Learn more about our different colleges, the resources they offer and where your degree can lead you. 

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agriculture, food and Environmental Sciences

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) offers fifteen majors that focus on sustainable agriculture, food systems, and the environmental and life sciences.

Register to learn more about CAFES

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architecture and environmental design

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) encompasses all the professions that come together in designing and implementing the built environment – architecture, engineering, planning, construction, and landscape architecture.

Register to learn more about CAED

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The College of Engineering (CENG) offers thirteen majors that aim to prepare California's next generation of leaders in engineering and technology. We focus on project-based learning to link theory with hands-on practice in order to give you the tools to solve the future’s most pressing technical challenges.

Register to learn more about CENG

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College of

Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) houses fifteen departments offering programs in the humanities, social sciences, communications and performing arts that share focus on the evolving nature of human experience and expression in the modern world.

Register to learn more about CLA

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College of

Science and Mathematics

The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) is home to eleven majors in the physical and life sciences as well as mathematics, that will train you to become a scientific leader through education, research and practical experience.

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Kathryn Vasilaky, Assistant Professor of Economics, works with as student in her ECON 395 class.


College of Business

At the Orfalea College of Business (OCOB), you gain expertise in the fields of management, finance, economics and entrepreneurship by working with real companies in your community and developing your own business ideas.

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Workshops and information sessions


Application Workshops

Applications can be confusing. We have compiled resources to help for first-year, transfer and graduate students. We also offer workshops to help guide you through the process. 

Register for a workshop

Virtual Information Sessions

We know you won't be able to have all of your questions answered in just one day. That is why we have scheduled a series of information sessions for you to learn more and have your questions answered. 

Register for an Information Session

Academic Resources and Support

Learn more about the support services we offer to strengthen your academic experience. This includes academic advising, transfer resources, financial aid, career services and more. 

Register to learn more about Resources and Support

Other Ways to Explore Cal Poly

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Visit our Campus

A great way to get to know us is by taking a tour of our campus. We offer student-led walking tours, as well as housing and college tours. Advance registration is required. 

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Virtual Tours

Learn more about Learn by Doing, student life, our individual academic colleges, housing, campus facilities and more through our series of virtual tours.