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Orfalea College of Business

A transformational leader in experiential business education

The Orfalea College of Business prepares students to be career-ready leaders who have a significant, positive impact on California and beyond. Leveraging current technology and Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing approach, our faculty share their expertise and relevant research with students, offering an innovative business education. The college also promotes a sense of belonging to all, empowering students, faculty and staff to be their authentic selves.

San Luis Obispo, California


Graduate Programs

With a reputation for top academics, unmatched hands-on experiences and a superior return on investment, Cal Poly’s graduate business programs provide a clear pathway to career success in today’s fast-paced world of business.

Learn more about our graduate programs

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Explore Our Majors

Cal Poly's six academic colleges offer more than 60 majors for you to consider.

We require students to declare a major as part of the application process in order to maximize their experience in their chosen field from Day One. While changing your major may be possible, we recommend you explore majors thoroughly before making your choice.

Learn by Doing

Our curriculum is built with industry in mind and puts learning into action, giving you a thorough knowledge of your field. Concepts in class are immediately put to use tackling genuine business problems. You are able to partner with real clients, enter projects in national and industrial competitions, and start your own profitable companies. By learning how to build, collaborate, create, develop and strategize, you acquire the in-demand skills necessary for success in the ever-changing business landscape.

Students together for low-income tax program

Assist a Taxpayer

Help members of the community with tax matters through two IRS-approved low-income tax assistance programs.

A student presents her research findings to a group of people

Analyze a Market

Work closely with faculty to conduct industry-relevant research in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

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Develop a Product

Design, create, and market a product in a capstone course or work with entrepreneurship mentors to brainstorm a business.

Career Opportunities

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Careers don't start at graduation. They start with a student's first step on campus. 

Whether tackling business problems in the classroom, networking on industry tours, or diving into summer internships, everything our students do is career-oriented. Our graduates go on to careers in accounting, law, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, government agencies, teaching, financial services, corporate finance, real estate, manufacturing, technology, human resources, consulting and more, They are consistently hired by a wide range of industry leaders including Apple, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Oracle and PwC.

Our Faculty

Cyrus A. Ramezani, Professor of Finance, with class

Orfalea faculty teach concepts for practical application, not just rote memorization.

Our faculty’s instruction is informed by years of industry experience and a thorough, real-world knowledge of the material. With research and expertise covering groundbreaking trends in technology like analytics and A.I. incorporated into their classroom activities, they create lessons that reflect relevant business issues and challenges.

Faculty and Staff Directory