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Apr 5, 2020

Cal Poly's Annual Open House, April 17-19, 2020

To ensure you are able to learn more and ask questions about Cal Poly from the comfort of home, we've made Open House virtual — and you're invited!

We're kicking it all off Friday evening, April 17, with a welcome reception featuring President Armstrong and special guest speakers, followed by a line-up of sessions you can pick and choose from to customize your virtual Open House experience.

Please keep in mind that you'll need your Cal Poly username to access and register for each event you choose to attend — and be sure to explore Cal Poly virtually to view tours, attend information sessions and find other ways to connect with current Cal Poly students.

Our Big Events include:

  • University Welcome, Friday, April 17th at 4pm, where the week 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.
  • College Welcomes, Saturday, April 18th, where you can learn more about your specific college and the resources they offer. While Learn by Doing is part of all six of our academic colleges, each on has their own set of programs, degrees and opportunities.
  • Welcome to Life on Campus, Sunday, April 19th, 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.

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

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2020 Tomato Spectacular!

Apr 5, 2020

The 2020 Tomato Spectacular sale will be happening online this year! Online ordering begins April 17, 2020 at the Poly Plant Shop website. Please direct any questions about the sale and logistics to that site.

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Cal Poly's Organic Farm is Ranked 6th in the Nation!

Aug 5, 2019

A ranking by Online College Plan placed Cal Poly's Organic Farm as 6th of 60 college farms surveyed. To read how the rankings were determined, and to view the rankings, please visit Online College Plan.


Cal Poly Floral Design Team Ranks Third in the Nation!

Aug 4, 2019

The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked third in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD) 2018 Student Floral Design Competition held in Washington, D.C. Alyssa Snow, a junior majoring in agricultural science, placed first in the wedding bouquet category and fourth place in the fashion flower category. She placed third overall in the competition. Allana Childs, who graduated in June with a degree in agricultural and environmental sciences, took third in the interpretive design category and eighth place for her wedding bouquet. Snow was also awarded a scholarship during the awards ceremony for her school fees for the 2018-19 school year from the AIFD Foundation Scholarship Committee. Cal Poly competed against teams from nine other colleges, including the University of Missouri Columbia, Texas A & M, Mississippi State and Ohio State. The team was led by Lecturer Melinda Lynch.


Want a Job? Major in Agriculture!

Aug 2, 2019

A new 2015 report published by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, highlights the need for graduates in agriculture and the shortage of students majoring in fields related to plant science. To quote from the report, "Plant science graduates at all degree levels will find excellent career opportunities. They will find many opportunities for plant geneticists, plant pathologists, and insect biologists to develop higher-yielding crops adapted to less-than-optimal growing conditions. Demand also will be strong for expertise in production of sustainable products made from wood and other biomaterials." Opportunities will also increase for students majoring in water management, human and animal nutrition, agricultural technology and sustainable agriculture. Read the report "Want a Job? Major in Agriculture." Also, explore career opportunities at Seed Our Future, a joint effort of universities and the agricultural industry to support interest in and an appreciation for horticulture.

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