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Cal Poly Open House

Open House is an annual three-day event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community. Stemming from Poly Royal, Open House began in 1994 and has since included programs such as the university welcome, college welcomes, Friday Nite Invite, and many more fun activities. This event takes place in April each year.

Open House Phone: 805.756.7576

Cal Poly’s Admitted Students’ Preview Day (During Open House weekend)

Admitted students and their supporters have an opportunity to preview the campus and connect with its leaders. There are presentations, tours and event opportunities to meet the college deans, faculty, and current students and hear from President Jeffrey D. Armstrong about the many resources and programs available to Cal Poly students.

Poly Live

Hosted and produced by students, Poly Live is a live web-based broadcast featuring guests from all parts of campus to help students and their supporters get ready for Cal Poly. Viewers can ask questions during the show through the live feeds, making it a dynamic, educational experience. Shows are available online at

Soar:  Summer Orientation

Soar is a summer orientation program for all incoming students, parents, and supporters. Individuals who attend Soar: Summer Orientation are introduced to the University through campus tours, information sessions from our many campus offices, student and parent panels, and presentations from Cal Poly’s administrators. “The Mustang Way” and “Learn by Doing” mottos are integrated throughout the student and supporter sessions to provide a true Cal Poly experience. Soar: Summer Orientation collaborates with off-campus and downtown businesses to offer a San Luis Obispo welcome to attendees through its “Explore SLO” downtown tours.

Week of Welcome (WOW)

Recognized as one of the nation’s largest university orientation programs, WOW integrates thousands of new students to campus and community life during their first week before classes begin in the Fall. Over 700 student WOW Leaders volunteer their time to educate new students about campus and community life, educational resources, and valuable services and programs that will help them have successful and fulfilling experiences at Cal Poly.