Poly P

A Cal Poly tradition.

Reach your peak and share your message to all Mustangs on this iconic hillside. As one of the oldest hillside initials on the West Coast, the Poly P epitomizes student involvement from its creation.

This iconic landmark sprouted from a rivalry between Cal Poly students and San Luis Obispo High School students over 100 years ago but now embodies campus pride and community engagement. Overlooking all of campus, the P is available to reserve and customize by students as a way to honor this iconic landmark’s long-standing history.

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Decorate the P

Heighten your message with the Cal Poly P. Available to reserve for Cal Poly clubs, organizations, and departments.

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Reserve the P

Reservations are required for groups that wish to decorate the P. Authorized groups can reserve the P to paint from 6 a.m. Sunday through 5 p.m.

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There is no vehicle access to the P. The approved route is accessible from the parking lot located near the lower reservoir and requires visitors to walk uphill to the P from the designated trailhead. Access to the P from the lower reservoir parking lot is by foot only. Vehicles must adhere to all parking permit requirements at all times.

ASI Cal Poly P map


The Poly P is open daily from dawn until dusk.

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