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Learn by doing. ready day one.

We know people learn best when they do the work themselves. For more than a century, we’ve taught our students to work together using their heads and their hands to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. It’s why our alumni are prepared to hit the ground running and empowered to make a better future for California, our nation and our world.
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      • Review Selection Criteria
        Review our selection criteria to ensure you are maximizing your opportunity for selection as well as placing the correct information on your application.
      • Gather Application Materials
        In order to complete your application, make sure you have a copy of your transcripts, current and planned class schedules, test scores*, household annual income, and social security number (if available).
      • Apply
        Cal Poly accepts applications online through Cal State Apply from October 1 – December 4. Review your application carefully before you submit it, as there are very few changes that can be made once you do. Late applications are not accepted.
You may also want to look through our application resources for tips on how to complete the application.
      • Pay Your Fee
        There is a $70 application fee per campus at the time you apply, unless you qualify for an application fee waiver. The application will notify you automatically whether or not you qualify for a fee waiver at the time of submittal.
      • Keep in Touch
        Make sure you add to your contact list. Email is our primary form of communication and how we will keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process. You will be contacted if we need any additional supporting documents such as transcripts or portfolios.
* Test scores will not be considered for Fall 2021 admission decisions. 
Once You Are Accepted