Open House


Welcome to Cal Poly's Open House: April 12 - 14, 2018

On behalf of the 2018 Open House Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly for the 25th annual Open House. Our student volunteer committee, New Student & Transition Programs staff, and the campus community have worked diligently for the past year in preparation of your arrival to make the beginning of your journey as a Mustang special.

Four years ago, we were newly admitted students and found our home at Cal Poly through Open House. We encourage you to take the time to explore our campus and community to find your home at Cal Poly too. Throughout Open House, you'll see Cal Poly's "Learn by Doing" on full display. Open House weekend is a magical and rare opportunity for you to immerse yourself in our learning philosophy through the eyes of current students who are receiving hands-on experiences that prepare them for life after graduation. Whether your major is Art & Design or Biological Sciences, Cal Poly has something for everyone.

This year, we're particularly excited to celebrate 25 years of Open House. Legacy and tradition are deeply rooted in orientation at Cal Poly, and we're especially #CalPolyProud to celebrate this milestone event that has been one of our defining experiences as Mustangs. New Student & Transition Programs has been instrumental in our growth as leaders and future professionals, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to past committee members, staff, and alumni who have worked hard to build this incredible Learn by Doing legacy that paved the way for student leaders like us.

We invite you to join us in celebrating not just another great Cal Poly tradition, but all Mustangs – past, present, and future – for being part of an incredible community. Along with our entire committee, we thank you for attending Open House and look forward to you joining our Cal Poly Community.


Gabby Pajo, Open House Co-Chair

Fourth Year Art & Design, Class of 2018

Rebecca Phan, Open House Co-Chair

Fourth Year Biological Sciences, Class of 2018

Open House weekend begins with "Campus Preview at Farmers' Market" on Thursday, April 12 from 6PM – 9PM.
Explore downtown San Luis Obispo and gain a glimpse into life at Cal Poly and on the Central Coast.

Thursday, April 12: Campus Preview at Farmers' Market

Friday, April 13: Admitted Students Discovery Day

Saturday, April 14: Poly Royal Celebration

The weekend continues on April 13th for "Admitted Students' Preview Day". Friday kicks off with a University Welcome where you will hear from campus leaders and students about their Mustang Legacies. Throughout the day, experience Cal Poly's “Learn by Doing" philosophy through sessions from your academic college and interactive classrooms and experiences. In the evening, we invite you to engage with other prospective and current Cal Poly students at Friday Nite Invite. Additionally, parents and supporters are invited to join New Student & Transition Programs for Coffee House to learn about what's next for new students on their Cal Poly journey.

Finally, join us Saturday, April 14th, as the entire Mustang community comes to campus to Celebrate the Mustang Legacy during “Poly Royal Celebration." Festivities start with the Poly Royal Parade and continue all day with the Campus Showcase, featuring over 200 clubs and organizations, Dexter Stage, and additional premier special events including:

-Truck & Tractor Pull

-Poly Royal Rodeo

-Alumni Wine and Beer Garden (open to all 21 and over)

-Celebration Square, a brand new Alumni event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Open House

Whether you're a new or current student, family member, community member, or a returning alum, we're excited to see you at this year's Open House!