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Student Life

Student Life

Being a Cal Poly student is a special privilege. Our academic programs are challenging and inspiring. And in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences there are endless opportunities to enrich your time here through dozens of college clubs and organizations. An opportunity to meet others who are passionate about your interests, the chance to gain valuable leadership experience, meet industry members, or just have a great time and expand your horizons -- it's all possible by joining one of our outstanding, and often award-winning, clubs.

College Advising

Planning for success will help you get the most from your Cal Poly education. Each major in our college is supported by a specialized team of faculty advisors, professional academic advisors and peer advisors. Visit our Advising website to get started.


Check out the list of scholarships offered in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. For additional information and how to apply, students are also encouraged to visit the Financial Aid website.


Peer Academic Mentoring

Every student in our college has access to peer tutoring and mentoring, as well as academic support and guidance from faculty and staff at the Multicultural Agriculture Program (MAP) Student Center.

Please visit the MAP center: in building 10 room 202. Phone: 805-756-2627.


College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Ambassadors

The CAFES Ambassadors is a college-wide student organization whose purpose is to act as a public relations team for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The 2020-21 academic year will be the 32nd year the organization has worked to promote the college to prospective students, alumni, industry and government partners, donors and other stakeholders.



College Clubs and Organizations

The college offers more than 40 competitive student clubs and organizations. Discover your passion and Learn by Doing alongside fellow students and active faculty. There is truly something for everyone!


Graduate Programs

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences offers programs reflecting the growing diversity of choices available and skills required in modern agriculture, life sciences, and related professions. With three M.S. degrees, 10 specializations and a Master of Agricultural Education, our graduate program encompasses the wide range of disciplines.


Enterprise Projects

As a student at Cal Poly, students have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in business enterprises or through work experience on campus. These experiences serve to strengthen students’ academic studies, while at the same time providing the knowledge and skills that lead to a better understanding of and appreciation for important production, managerial and marketing challenges employees face in the workplace. Students participating in enterprise projects earn units that are reflected on their Cal Poly transcript.

Enterprise projects are available in various departments in the college. In some projects, profits from enterprises will be shared among participating students, with a percentage also going to the department coordinating the activity. If an enterprise loses money, the department conducting the project absorbs the loss. This financial, risk-free opportunity provides students with great learning opportunities.


Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Each year, the college sponsors a 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) to provide students the opportunity to experience undergraduate research projects on topics related to their programs or in which they have interest. Students work closely with faculty research leads, and receive a stipend. The program is open to all students in the college. In 2018, CAFES sponsored 80 students. Each student presented their project at the start of the program (oral presentation) and at the end of the 10 weeks (poster presentation). Students interested in participating should email CAFES@calpoly.edu.

Student Success

Our enterprising students – majoring in everything from agricultural business to food science, from recreation, parks and tourism administration to animal science, from forestry and natural resources to agricultural communication – earn national awards and recognition year after year. Check out some of their recent accomplishments. 


College Based Academic Fees

The College Based Academic Fee (CBF) is a mandatory fee, approved by a vote of the students, that is one portion of the overall registration costs each student pays to enroll at Cal Poly.


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