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We are committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all military-connected students. We understand the unique needs and challenges that you may face, and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Before enrolling in our institution, it is imperative that all prospective military-connected students connect with the Center for Military-Connected Students. This connection is crucial to ensure that you receive the guidance and support you need throughout your academic journey. The CMCS is dedicated to offering a range of services tailored to your specific needs, including academic advising, resources, and a supportive community of fellow military-connected students who understand the military lifestyle.

In addition to connecting with the Center for Military-Connected Students, service members are required to obtain approval from their respective Education Services Officer (ESO), military counselor, or Service prior to enrollment. This step is vital to ensure that your educational pursuits align with your military service commitments and responsibilities. Your ESO or military counselor will provide valuable insights and guidance to help you make informed decisions about your education and will provide you with the necessary documentation required to use any military education benefits that are available to you. 

We are deeply committed to supporting the academic and personal success of our military-connected students, and these measures are in place to guarantee that you have a smooth transition into our university. If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.



Cal Poly accepts applications every fall for admission in the fall quarter of the following year. Because admissions into all of our programs are incredibly competitive, it is a great idea to be as prepared as possible. Initially, it is important to know that we accept two types of applicants for undergraduate education: first-time freshmen who have not attended any college or earned college credits since high school graduation, and transfer students who will have 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 quarter units by the time of transfer. Cal Poly has many helpful pages for you to explore as you make plans. 


Selection Criteria for First Years

Transfer Student Admissions

Selection Criteria for Transfers

Major Specific Transfer Criteria

Using VA Benefits at Cal Poly

Using a Cal Vet College Fee Waiver at Cal Poly

Transfers looking for housing - Off-campus Housing Guide

Cal Poly Housing, Sublets and Roommates Facebook page - 

Book an appointment with us online. We can discuss where you are in the timeline of applying and how best to prepare. 



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