College Tours

Who are the Engineering Ambassadors?

The College of Engineering Ambassadors is a campus club made up of engineering students who volunteer their time to give tours of the College of Engineering. Student-led tours give prospective students and their parents an opportunity to see Cal Poly’s engineering program through a current student’s perspective. Each member of the club has gone through at least one quarter of training and has a broad knowledge of each of the thirteen majors in the college.

Scheduling a Tour

Are you a prospective student who is interested in engineering? A corporate representative on campus for recruiting? Or an alumnus visiting the campus? Whatever the reason, we are pleased to have you come visit us!

College and Department tours are provided by the Engineering Ambassadors. Below is a brief description of what is covered for each type of tour and a link to register. Also, see this map for the location of the start of College tours and other information about planning your visit, including parking.


Engineering Overview Tours

An engineering overview tour covers the field of engineering, the engineering majors offered at Cal Poly, and the similarities and differences of each major. Your tour guides will take you through many engineering labs, a key part of Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” curriculum. Tours are designed to help high school and college transfer students learn about engineering and decide which engineering major is right for them. Tours last two hours and end at Chumash Auditorium in the University Union (Building 65) a few minutes before the university campus tour begins.

Register for an Overview Tour!


Engineering Department Tours

For students wanting to learn more about a particular major, department tours are an opportunity to visit more labs specific to that major and go more in depth about the curriculum and career opportunities for that major. Tour length ranges between one and two hours.

Register for a Department Tour!


Group Tours

Tours for groups of 10 or more are made by special appointment only. Group tours are private overview tours tailored to the needs of your group, whether it is constrained time availability or a particular interest in select engineering majors. Typically, group tours are two hours long. Please contact College of Engineering Ambassadors with the following information:

  • your name
  • organization/company
  • phone
  • email address
  • number of people in your party
  • tour date and time preference (starting time and tour duration)
  • age profile of tour group (elementary, middle, high school, transfer students, etc.)
  • any particular area of interest within the college
  • any other relevant information to better tailor a tour for your group

Note: Tours are not available after 5pm, on weekends, or on academic holidays.

Canceling a tour

To cancel or modify a previously requested tour, please send an email to the Engineering Ambassadors, including your name, requested tour date and time, and tour type (overview or department). Do not worry if you don’t receive a response.


Be sure to get a parking permit before leaving your car for the tour! Daily parking permits ($5) can be purchased at the visitor information center on the grand avenue entrance of campus, at pay stations in general parking lots, or at the University Police Department. Metered spaces are also available throughout campus, though many have time limits of less than 2 hours. A campus map shows nearby parking lots and pay stations (for a legend of parking symbols, in the campus map, click Help and on the drop-down menu, select Parking).

Parking on campus fills up quickly, so prepare for a decent walk from your car. Traffic on campus is very congested between 10 minutes before the hour and 10 minutes after the hour, especially in the morning and late afternoon.

Where do tours start?

All of the engineering tours start from the first-floor lobby of Engineering IV (Building 192) through the large glass doors. See this map for the college tours starting location.

Where do tours end?

Engineering overview tours end at Chumash Auditorium in the University Union (Building 65) a few minutes before the university campus tour begins. The ending point for department tours vary depending on the needs of the tour group.

What should I do if I am late for my tour?

Please contact the College of Engineering Dean's Office at 805-756-2131. Overview tours typically depart from the first-floor lobby of Engineering IV (Building 192) around 9:05, sometimes later. From there, tours usually weave through Buildings 192, 41A, 41B, 13, through Dexter Lawn, through building 20, and terminate at Building 65, with timing varying for each tour.

Where can I get a map of the campus?

A printable Cal Poly campus map is available here.

University-Wide Campus Tours

You can also register for a university campus tour at Cal Poly Guided Tours. If you do not have a VIP page yet, the web site will instruct you to create a VIP page and you can register for a university campus tour after completing that step. Campus tours are offered by PolyReps.