About the CPAA

Being a member has its benefits!

The Cal Poly Alumni Association has been fostering "Mustang Pride" since its original inception in 1907. Today, over 13,000 Alumni Association members and over 130,000 alumni help the University maintain its standing as the best public, largely undergraduate university in the West as rated by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years (1992-2008).

University Privileges

Library Privileges  CPAA members have access to all 23 California State University campus libraries, including Cal Poly's Kennedy Library (some restrictions may apply).

Cal Poly Rec Center – CPAA members are eligible to join for a fee (some restrictions may apply – alumni only).

Support for Student Scholarships & Distinguished Teaching Awards – The CPAA provides financial and fund-raising event support for student scholarships and faculty awards each year.

Online Alumni Directory – Update your address or name and search for classmates and friends through the free alumni e-mail forwarding directory (alumni only).

Professional Development Opportunities

Career Services & Mustang Jobs - Cal Poly's Career Services Office provides programs and services to all alumni for free, including postings for alumni looking to hire fellow alums or current graduates, job listings for alumni searching for new positions, as well as resumé writing, interviewing, career planning, and much more.

Service on the CPAA Board of Directors - Alumni members of the CPAA are eligible to serve on the CPAA Board of Directors as chapter leaders and as GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) leaders.

Networking Opportunities - Available through regional chapter and special interest chapter events and programs.

eAlumni College - Through global partnerships with respected online training corporations and institutions, you have access to more than 5,000 courses in more than 80 categories. Offered in partnership with Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach.

Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach - Cal Poly Alumni Association (CPAA) members receive a ten percent *(10%) registration fee discount for selected noncredit programs offered through Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach. 

Personal Rewards

Alumni News (PDF) – An exclusive newsletter for members only that keeps you informed on chapter events, the University, and fellow alumni.

Cal Poly Magazine – Keeping alumni updated on the University.

Lifetime E-mail Forwarding – Your own "@alumni.calpoly.edu" e-mail address that forwards to your current ISP e-mail account and search for classmates and friends through the free alumni e-mail fowarding directly (alumni only).

Alumni Locator Service 
– Find lost friends and former classmates (alumni only).

Travel Program – CPAA offers the opportunity to travel and learn in partnership with Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach. You don't have to be a CPAA member to travel with CPAA -- bring your friends, your parents, your family, or your children! The program is becoming increasingly popular, with destinations including Rome, Barcelona, the Greek Isles, the Italian lakes district, and more!

Class Reunions and Alumni Events – CPAA members receive invitations and discounts to the annual Alumni Grand Reunion and Honored Alumni Awards Banquet, as well as Homecoming events. Throughout the year, CPAA members are invited to special events including behind the scenes tours of Hearst Castle, outings to professional hockey and baseball games, regional wine tastings, and more. CPAA members receive discounts on association special events and ticket prices.

Regional Chapters – CPAA regional chapters throughout California provide social events, gatherings, trips and a chance to connect with fellow alumni living in your area. There are also social events and gatherings for alumni living outside of California hosted by Cal Poly graduates.

Special Interest Chapters – CPAA's Special Interest chapters offer members a chance to connect with fellow alumni who share the same interest, no matter where they live. Current Special Interest Chapters include FANS for those involved in theatre arts at Cal Poly; Mustang Band alumni; Graphic Communications alumni; Rugby alumni; Vines to Wines alumni, and more.

GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Program – CPAA members are automatically part of the program that helps you connect, network and socialize with recent graduates in your area.

Financial Benefits

Health Insurance Plans – sponsored by the CPAA, offer Blue Shield Major Medical, Short Term Medical, dental and vision. These plans have been carefully selected from some of the nations leading insurance carriers through Alumni Insurance Services of Marsh Affinity. For more details, call (888) 560-ALUM (2586).

Auto, Home and Renters Insurance - plans are now available through Liberty Mutual. The CPAA is proud to introduce an exciting benefit that could help you save money on auto, home and renters insurance. You can take advantage of this program by calling (800) 900-6035.

Veterinary Pet Insurance – Serving pet owners since 1982. Available in all 50 states with your choice of any licensed veterinarian. VPI is the nation’s oldest, largest and most experienced licensed pet medical insurance provider; now available to Cal Poly Alumni Association members. For more information, call (800) USA-PETS (872-7387).

Travel Insurance - CPAA members may purchase travel insurance through Travel Insurance Services. For a list of coverages available visit Travel Insurance Services.

CPAA Credit Card – Apply for a Bank of America, no-annual fee, low APR credit card that gives a percentage back to Cal Poly with every use. 

Office Depot – Let your membership work for you! Save up to 60% on suggested list price of office supplies and reduce your costs by utilizing Office Depot's Digital Solutions, Custom Stationery Online and Promotional Products! Take advantage of the buying power of 100,000 Cal Poly State alumni! Shop online or in-store at one of the 1200 locations throughout the United States for both households and businesses. 

Personalized Cal Poly Mailing Labels - Show your alumni spirit by creating your own, personalized, self-adhesive return address labels with Cal Poly Alumni logo art on them. 

Credit Union Membership – CPAA members are eligible for membership at both Golden 1 Credit Union and SESLOC Federal Credit Union (some restrictions may apply).

Hotel and Rental Car Discounts – Travel discounts you can use! Receive up to a 20% discount at participating Clarion, Quality, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay Hotels worldwide, and find great rental car discounts offered through Alamo, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National, as well. For more information, call us at (888) CAL-POLY (225-7659), (805) 756-2586.

Tourist Attractions Discounts – CPAA members can receive discount coupons upon request from Sea World , LA Zoo , Knott's Berry Farm , Universal Studios , Wild Rivers Water Park–Irvine , San Francisco Wax Museum and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

El Corral Bookstore, Cal Poly Downtown – CPAA members receive a 10% discount on purchases of apparel and gifts that display the Cal Poly name or a Cal Poly logo. This discount may not be combined with other discounts or markdowns. To receive the discount, please show your membeship card to the cashier. 

Mustang Merchants – Receive discounts at over 30 participating San Luis Obispo and Central Coast merchants, hotels, restaurants, realty, finance and home improvement businesses.

CPAA Event Discounts - CPAA members receive discounts upon registering for alumni events such as regional chapter events and Homecoming.

Life Membership - Join the Cal Poly Alumni Association for life and never pay dues again.