The Cal Poly Name

California state statute reserves use of the names “California Polytechnic State University” and “Cal Poly” to the California State University system. This statute also prohibits the external manufacture, use, display or sale of products featuring these names without the written consent of the university.

The preferred formal name derivations:

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Cal Poly

The name should never appear as:

  • Cal Poly State University
  • CalPoly
  • Poly

If the name is used within text or narrative, uses may include “Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo” or “California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.” However, these forms should not be used in titles, heads or other key identifiers.

Other name derivations that may be used are:

  • Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo
  • Cal Poly,  San Luis Obispo