Explore Our Campus On Your Own Time
Explore our campus on your own time with our self-guided tour. This guide will direct you to various points of interest and help you learn more about our campus.
While walk-ins for our self-guided tours are permitted, we are asking all visitors to register before exploring our campus.
Campus Safety Measures
All visitors are asked to comply with our health and safety precautions and limit your campus activities only to the necessary areas. Face coverings are required indoors and also outside when appropriate physical distancing is not possible. We also ask that you avoid close contact with others, wash your hands often and do not visit campus if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
At the University Welcome Center, you can find general campus information and navigational tools to help make the most of your visit to our campus. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to say hi, pick up materials, ask questions and more.
There are several residential communities at Cal Poly. Our newest, yakʔitʸutʸu, houses 1,475 first-year students in seven residence halls. It was named in honor of and in partnership with the Northern Chumash, the Indigenous peoples of San Luis Obispo County.
Locations of Other Residential Communities
The new Vista Grande dining complex is a three-story venue with eight different restaurant options. The second floor Dining Pavilion contains everything from comfort food to sweets to an allergen-free station. There are also indoor and outdoor seating areas as well as beautiful views from the top off this LEED certified building.
Locations of Other Dining Facilities
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
The Performing Arts Center is a world-class venue showcasing a variety of performances. It's comprised of several venues, including the 1,286-seat Harold Miossi Hall, the 498-seat Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, a classroom and a multi-purpose Pavilion.
The University Union is a hub of campus life at Cal Poly. Home to ASI (Associated Students, Inc.) programs, study spaces, conference rooms, university organizations and dining establishments, it’s the perfect place to study, lounge, work or socialize.
Cal Poly University Store
From hoodies to hats, the University Store is the best place to purchase Cal Poly gear. In addition to being a retail center and bookstore, the University Store also has a technology center where you can trade-in your old phones, computers and tablets for new devices.
The Mott Athletics Center is home to Cal Poly men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams. Mott Athletics Center has also been the site of numerous NCAA playoffs, concerts, exhibitions and sporting events. Eddie Money, The Pretenders, The Doors, Ike and Tina Turner and the Los Angeles Lakers are among those who have appeared at the Center.
Our Recreation Center includes a 20-lane Olympic-sized lap pool, a leisure pool, rock climbing park, personal training facilities, racquetball courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, locker rooms, an indoor track, fitness studios and more. A variety of classes are also available, including swim lessons, yoga, spin, strength training, HIIT and Pilates.
Campus Health and Wellbeing
Staffed by board-certified physicians and licensed professionals, Campus Health and Wellbeing provides care for most illnesses and injuries, mental health services, trainings, workshops as wells other self-care resources tailored to the needs of our campus.
This building is home to the Graphic Communication and Journalism Departments, two programs within the College of Liberal Arts. Here, you will find the Mustang News student newspaper office, a television broadcast studio, a radio station and the student-run commercial printing and digital imaging business. The faculty and staff offices for most departments in the College of Liberal Arts are located across campus in Building 47.
Alex G. Spanos Stadium is home to Cal Poly Football as well as Men's and Women's soccer. With an approximate seating capacity of 11,000, its quaint layout and architecture provides fans excellent site lines to the on-field action.
Dexter Lawn and building
A social center of campus, Dexter Lawn is a place to gather information, meet friends, or just relax and decompress between classes. Beyond the lawn, the Dexter Building holds an art gallery and studios for art and landscape architecture.
Robert E. Kennedy Library
The Kennedy Library is a favorite study spot with plenty of coffee, group and quiet study spaces and 24/7 access. You can also access print materials, eBooks, free e-Textbooks and borrow laptops, digital cameras and more. The library will soon undergo a total renovation to increased study space and enhance access to valuable collections.
A national leader in engineering education, the College of Engineering promotes project-based learning in order to solve the future’s most pressing technical challenges. Through research labs, industry-sponsored design projects and facilities devoted to hands-on learning, you are able to link theory with practice beginning day one.
Centrally located, Campus Market is Cal Poly’s neighborhood market. It features general and specialty groceries including Cal Poly products and produce as well as a grill with weekly specials, a Starbucks and a sushi bar with fresh hand rolls.
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious undergraduate agriculture programs, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences allows access to state-of-the-art labs in a variety of majors. Nearly 6,000 acres of agricultural production, processing and research land are adjacent to campus and available for hands-on learning.
William and Linda Frost
Center for Research and Innovation
The new William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation, will bring three colleges together under one roof: the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Agriculture Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts. The Center's four levels will contain state-of-the-art laboratories, research centers, technology studios, classrooms, faculty offices and conference rooms.
Science and Mathematics
The College of Science and Mathematics offers a lab-intensive curriculum and extensive real-world research opportunities for undergraduates. Students can work with their professors on everything from laser mapping of ocean floors to atomic particle colliders to statistical analysis for real-world research projects.