Welcome to Cal Poly

Picture of Jeffery D. Armstrong

At Cal Poly, the most important person on campus is the student.

We start with the premise that all of our students, because they have met Cal Poly's high standards for admission, are equipped to succeed. And then our dedicated faculty and staff bring to bear their enormous talent and unwavering commitment to students' success. Central to this process is Cal Poly's distinctive Learn by Doing approach, in which we provide students with daily opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world problems in the context of a comprehensive polytechnic education, grounded in the arts and sciences.

Learn by Doing enables students to develop deep confidence in their knowledge and technical skills, preparing them to become resourceful and innovative professionals who can help solve the problems of an increasingly complex and technological world. Highly motivated students, talented faculty, dedicated staff, and the dynamic nature of Learn by Doing - these are important facets of Cal Poly, but not the whole sum.

An exceptional university succeeds only if it has the full engagement of the entire university community - students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni and friends - one that joins together in a partnership of discovery.

Fortunately, Cal Poly has an abundance of people deeply committed to a vibrant partnership, and deeply committed to transforming lives, one student at a time. It is my great privilege to be associated with the people of Cal Poly, and I invite you to join our partnership.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong
President
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California

Our Vision

Cal Poly will be the nation's premier comprehensive polytechnic university, an innovative institution that develops and inspires whole-system thinkers to serve California and to help solve global challenges.

Our Mission

Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a Learn by Doing environment in which students, staff, and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

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