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Virtual Open House

Experience Open House

From your own home

Congratulations on being accepted to, or waitlisted for, Cal Poly for the fall 2021 quarter! While we are disappointed we can't invite you to campus to experience Cal Poly in person, we are excited to bring Cal Poly to you virtually. The events of our weeklong virtual Open House will help you to get to know campus, answer your questions and, hopefully, make your college decision a little easier. 

university welcome

Our virtual Open House kicks off with a special university welcome for accepted students from our campus leadership, including President Armstrong. You will also hear from current students and alumni about their time at Cal Poly and how important Learn by Doing has been for them in their education and careers.

View the University Welcome Recording

President Armstrong speaking at Open House

College Welcomes

While Learn by Doing is part of all six of our academic colleges, each on has their own set of programs, degrees and opportunities. During these session, you will be welcomed by our Provost, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and will be able to learn more about your specific college and all of the resources it offers.

If you need a little guidance as to what college houses your major, we can help. Individual department sessions for each college are listed in the full schedule. 

Forestry and Natural Resources students measures forest.

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agriculture, food and Environmental Sciences


View the CAFES Recording

Two students talk with the professor against a display of building materials and behind an architectural model of a building.

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architecture and environmental design


View the CAED Recording

Group of students building a robotic drone.

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View the CENG Recording

Photography students takes pictures for a class project.

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Liberal Arts


View the CLA Recording

Three students putting on diving gear on a dock in Morro Bay.

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Science and Mathematics


View the CSM Recording

Kathryn Vasilaky, Assistant Professor of Economics, works with as student in her ECON 395 class.

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View the OCOB Recording

Welcome to Life on Campus

Join Keith Humphrey, our Vice-President for Student Affairs, and other special guests to learn about student life on campus and the many resources we offer including housing, dining and more.

View the Welcome to Life on Campus Recording

Students relaxing and playing games in front of the Yakitutu dorms

Additional Recordings

Any additional available recordings of virtual Open House events can be found below. (Not all sessions were recorded.) Check back often for the most updated information. 

Get the App

Virtual Open House has also gone mobile! Receive updates, virtually explore campus and learn more about resources, clubs and organizations using Cal Poly Now, the official application of Cal Poly Student Affairs. Download now from the App Store and Google Play. Search for the "Open House 2021" guide to explore Cal Poly and start building your Open House schedule. 

Download the app and get started

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