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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. 

Virtual Tours

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.  

Browse our Virtual Offerings 

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In-Person Touring Options

Family chats with President Armstrong while walking around campus.

Self-Guided Tour

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.

Take a self-guided tour

Admitted students on a campus tour

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. 

Welcome Center

Our Welcome Center is located in the yakʔitʸutʸu residential community and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 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. 

Interior shot of the 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. 

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Where to Begin

Take a look at a campus map before you get here. Make sure you arrive early enough to allow 30 minutes to purchase a parking permit, park and walk to your tour check-in location at the Welcome Center. 

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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. 

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Where You Will Go

Tours will generally lead you around our campus core. In order to maintain the safety of our campus, many buildings are not open to the public and we will not be going inside. Please stick to the exterior of buildings if you are taking a self-guided tour. 

Safety Precautions

We ask that you follow all health and safety precautions while you are on our campus, including those regarding face coverings. Please do not visit campus if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms

students walk around the campus with masks