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California Polytechnic University

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Address: 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-9000
Phone Number: 805-756-1111
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College Tour

Enjoyed our college tour of this wonderful university. It's a beautiful campus where the kids seem to be challenged yet very happy. I like their motto of learning by doing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Cynthia Y
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed our college tour of this wonderful university. It's a beautiful campus where the kids seem to be challenged yet very happy. I like their motto of learning by doing. Like the UC's, the tour doesn't take you inside buildings since there is so much to cover in almost 2 hours. We drove from Goleta and it was a really... More 

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Home Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not too much unique to see in a tour, but still enjoyable to drive around the campus and see the facilities and views during the quiet summer period. Dormitory "communities" on the hillsides have great valley views.

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Temple City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my Godchild to see campus and went on a tour. Tour was disappointing as it was packed with people and given by students who are in the program you are touring. If your son or daughter likes a smaller university in a nice hiking area, then this is it. Bring plenty of money (coins) as the parking is expensive,... More 

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Palm Desert,CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great school in a wonderful setting with some fantastic majors. I suggest you check out the majors...you may be surprised that's it's not just an Ag University anymore. Cafeteria is all organic and delicious.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cal Poly SLO has some good hiking trails, interesting buildings, and is worth checking out when in SLO Town. Parking is expensive and they issue plenty of parking tickets. Check out the arboretum while there & the horticulture sales shop.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are in the process of exploring college options for our oldest son. That journey took us to Cal Poly SLO recently and both father and son were duly impressed with the students, campus, facilities, and surrounding town. Our recent visit was part of a four part trip and by far Cal Poly SLO had the most engaged and helpful... More 

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Thank BigUglyFish
San Luis Obispo
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Been to Performing Arts Center twice, before summer break. Best sound, anywhere in the room! Don't miss the experience. Student Center was a great place to grab something to eat and handy.

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Long Beach, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus is a must to visit! Plenty of free parking in the new parking structure. Visit the huge student store for gifts and souvenirs. Our alumni son enjoys stocking up on quality tee-shirts and cute outfits for our four year old granddaughter. It was an educational opportunity to share with our 11 and 5 year... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Cal Poly is quite the mix, and interested students should definitely check it out to see if they see themselves going here. The whole family can enjoy the luscious vegetation and the peaceful ponds at this campus. There is also quite the mix of architecture, from the semi-tacky seventies-styled science buildings to other buildings with excellent views of the entire... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

It's somewhat puzzling that Cal Poly would be considered a tourism destination, unless you're one of the parents who is contemplating depositing your little unit for four years at one of the most expensive country clubs in lily-white San Luis Obispo. Other than that motivation, there is little to see here. It's a big state university. However there are plenty... More 

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