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Learn by Doing Goes on Display at 29th Annual Open House

Students and faculty in the Chemistry Department performed experiments during the Chemistry Magic Show
Written By Robyn Kontra Tanner // Photos by Joe Johnston

For the first time since 2019, prospective students, parents, alumni and community members flooded campus for Open House. The annual event gives everyone – especially admitted students considering Cal Poly – a glimpse into life as a Mustang. The fanfare kicked off at Farmers’ Market in Downtown San Luis Obispo April 7 and continued with information fairs, club showcases, lab demonstrations, live music, and the Poly Royal Rodeo throughout the weekend.

The university offered both in-person and virtual events to share the Cal Poly experience with more students near and far — a first for the event in its 29-year history. Student leaders estimate that roughly 4,500 parents and prospective students visited campus in Open House this year, with more attending virtual sessions this week.

The student-run event was planned by a committee of Mustangs, many of whom hadn’t seen an in-person Open House before.

“This actually became a strength for us because we were able to find new perspectives and ideas for how to execute the weekend,” said event co-chair Emily Taketa. “It was a privilege to see such excitement from the newly admitted students — hopefully we'll get to see them for SLO Days and Week of Welcome!”

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