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Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) is made up of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with more than 4,100 undergraduate students.

Students come to CAFES from both urban and rural settings, with a traditional agricultural background or with simply an interest in learning more about the environment and where food comes from – and how to make it better. This diversity of background and experience is what makes CAFES a vibrant learning community providing students from across California and the world a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's world.

CAFES offers 15 individual majors and 22 minors. Click here to explore which program will prepare you for your dream career.

You can also explore the campus virtually, learn more about the admissions process, watch a video tour of the college, or hear why our students chose Cal Poly.

Discover why students are proud to choose Cal Poly and carry that Mustang Spirit with them for a lifetime. Begin your journey today!

More information and resources can be found at the below links.


CAFES Fall Preview

The annual CAFES Fall Preview event is an opportunity for students to visit our campus and learn more about the hands-on programs and career opportunities available in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Cal Poly Admissions

Learn more about the admission process and deadlines, as well as how to visit the campus.

Computer Requirements

All students entering the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences are expected to have a laptop computer to ensure access to computing capability at all times and in all locations, helping to support student success. See a list of requirements here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Learn more about Cal Poly’s financial aid process and scholarships available to CAFES students.

College Advising

CAFES students have professional advisors dedicated to helping them succeed.

Transfer Students

We love transfer students! Click here to learn more about transferring to Cal Poly.

Graduate Programs

CAFES offers a number of graduate degree programs.

Campus Housing

As part of Cal Poly’s commitment to building a well-rounded, nurturing support system that positively impacts academics but also student life, students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences are required to live on campus their first two years. Students are notified of the two-year housing program requirement when they are admitted to Cal Poly.

Living on campus is a great opportunity to enhance connections with the entire Cal Poly community while having resources that support academics, inclusion and wellbeing easily accessible. Automatic housing grants are provided to cover a portion of campus housing fees for students with the greatest financial need. To learn more, visit the University Housing website.

Parent and Family Programs

Learn about the support, resources and exciting programming for the proud parents, family members and supporters of Cal Poly students.

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