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Cal Poly to Implement Out-Of-State Fee to Improve Access for Low-Income and First-Generation California Students

Sep 13, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that it will implement a new fee aimed at increasing access to academically qualified low-income and first-generation undergraduate students in California. The funds will improve the quality of the university’s Learn by Doing education by creating greater access to Cal Poly for a broader range of qualified prospective students, resulting in a more diverse and intercultural on-campus experience for all students. 

The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will be assessed on all newly enrolled out-of-state undergraduate students starting in fall 2019 and will be phased in over four years. All current students will be exempt from the fee. 

The new fee will result in the expansion of the Cal Poly Scholars program and provide financial assistance for high-achieving California students who meet Cal Poly’s rigorous academic admission requirements but can’t afford to attend the university. 

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Sep 10, 2018

Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.

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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 23, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings, released this week.
Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Cal Poly’s Latest CubeSat Reveals First High-Resolution Image of the Earth

Nov 20, 2018

DAVE, launched Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, takes photo of Norwegian archipelago using a cell phone camera from a polar orbit 450 km above the planet

SAN LUIS OBISPO — While Cal Poly’s ninth CubeSat tests a way to reduce vibrations aboard orbiting satellites, the softball-sized satellite also has been busy snapping photos of the Earth.

DAVE, or Damping and Vibrations Experiment, launched Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base with three other small satellites, or CubeSats, as secondary payload on NASA’s ICESat-2 (Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2) mission.

Cal Poly Floral Design Team Continues Winning Tradition

Nov 19, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four members of the Cal Poly Floral Team placed in the Top 10 at a recent annual state design competition, with one student taking second place.

Agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard, from Orange, California, won second place overall and the People’s Choice category at the California State Floral Association’s (CSFA) annual event held Nov. 3-4 in Carlsbad, California.

Cal Poly Undergraduates Are Increasingly Studying Abroad to Enhance Their Educations

Nov 16, 2018

University is third in nation for total number of students and is the best U.S. master’s-level school among students who spend a full academic year studying abroad

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students are increasingly opting to study abroad, according to an annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses announced this week.  

“Cal Poly is ranked third in the nation — our best showing ever — for master’s institutions for the total number of students we sent abroad in 2016-17,” said Cari Vanderkar, senior international officer and director of the university’s International Center. “About one in four of our undergraduates participate in Study Abroad programs during their time at Cal Poly.”

Cal Poly to Co-Host Health Soils Project Demonstration Field Day Nov. 29 in Paso Robles

Nov 13, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will co-host a demonstration field day on compost application in vineyards, to be held 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at J. Lohr Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyards as part of a three-year project funded by a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program. The project will demonstrate the potential for vineyard soils to capture and store carbon through the use of appropriate land management practices.

Cal Poly Soil Science Team Wins Regional Competition

Nov 9, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Soil Judging Team won first place in the Regional 6 Collegiate Soil Judging Competition held Nov. 3 at Bartleson Ranch in Arroyo Grande.

The competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, challenges students to describe, classify and interpret soils in the field in a competitive setting using standards established by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 7

Nov 9, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. 

Known to the world as America’s original art form, jazz has several subgenres, which will be showcased at this concert. “Concert-goers can expect a range from the tasteful and sonically intimate small combo sound, to the powerful and robust sound of traditional big bands with vocalists,” said Dave Becker, acting director of the jazz program.

The concert will feature two big bands and two combos — nearly 40 student musicians from a variety of majors on campus.

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Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘The Symphony Dances’ Dec. 2

Nov 7, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will explore the rhythm and vibrancy of dance across the historical spectrum in its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The first half of the program features Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” a 20th-century reworking of 16th-century lute music; Claude Debussy’s sensuous “Sarabande,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel; and John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.” 


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