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Virtual Preview Day

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From Your Own Home

Congratulations on beginning your journey towards higher education! We understand that current circumstances have made it more difficult to find the place where you want to spend the next few years. While we are disappointed we can't invite you to campus to experience Cal Poly in person, we are excited to be able to bring Cal Poly to you virtually. Our virtual Preview Day will help you to get to know campus, answer your questions and, hopefully, make your college search a little easier. 

Welcome to Cal Poly 

We kicked 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 our students. 

Watch the opening Session

Students welcome students arriving to campus with signs and cheers.

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. 

Forestry and Natural Resources students measures forest.

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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.

Watch the Cafes session

Two students talk with the professor against a display of building materials and behind an architectural model of a building.

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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.

Watch the CAED Session

Group of students building a robotic drone.

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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.

Watch the CENG Session

Photography students takes pictures for a class project.

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.

Watch the CLA Session

Three students putting on diving gear on a dock in Morro Bay.

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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.

watch the COSAM Session

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.

watch the OCOB Session

Other Ways to explore


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. 

Fall Webinar Series

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 focused webinars for you to discover. 

Explore our Fall Webinar Series

Virtual Tours

Take a student-led tour of our campus, check out our residence halls and explore other areas of interest with our on-demand virtual content.

See our virtual tours