See For Yourself
The best way to explore our campus is to see it for yourself. Whether in-person or virtually, our tours are a perfect way to get to know Cal Poly from the inside out.
Student-led walking tour
We offer student-led walking tours of our campus, as well as of our housing options and our academic colleges (on select days). Space is limited and advance registration is required.
other ways to tour our campus
Our self-guided tour is a great way for prospective students and supporters, walk-ins and the general public to get to know our campus in-person and at your own pace.
Get to know our campus and learn more about Learn by Doing, student life, our individual academic colleges, housing, campus facilities and more through our series of virtual tours.
Our Welcome Center is located in the yakʔitʸutʸu residential community and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our staff is available to answer your questions as well as distribute printed versions of our self-guided tour. In-person campus tours also begin at the center.
Group visits for high school or transfer students require advanced reservations and can be scheduled Monday through Friday except during major holidays, final exam weeks and university closures. These visits begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a presentation and 90 minute walking tour of our campus. Groups are limited to 130 participants on one reservation. If you need to accommodate more than 130 people, request multiple dates. Groups that are looking for a self-guided visit may register in advance and pick-up information at our Welcome Center.
Visits for elementary and middle school groups are not available at this time but K-8 groups can register for a self-guided tour and pick up a materials, including a chaperone-led scavenger hunt, at our Welcome Center.
Preparing for your tour
We are excited to welcome you to our campus! Here are some recommendations and resources to make your trip the most enjoyable.
What to Wear/Bring
While San Luis Obispo weather is generally perfect, temperatures can fluctuate. We recommend bringing water, a light jacket, a hat and sunscreen with you on your tour. Our campus is also hilly, so comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Where You Will Go
Tours will generally lead you around our campus core. If there are areas our guided tours do not cover, feel free to explore them and the rest of our campus.