Giving to the College of Liberal Arts
State funding provides a foundation for the college’s programs, but your support helps CLA create the margin of excellence in education for which Cal Poly is known.
CLA’s leadership in interdisciplinary endeavors and its entrepreneurial spirit give students unique opportunities to push boundaries and innovate. With its deep roots in creative thinking, human understanding and innovative action, CLA gives all Cal Poly students the tools to thrive in a complex, multicultural world.
CLA Areas of Greatest Need
Expressive Technology Studios
A gift from a generous donor kick-started construction plans for a new building that will place liberal arts under the same roof as science, mathematics and agriculture. The facility will house the Expressive Technology Studios, a physical space dedicated to developing the educational intersection between technology, humanity and the arts.
Dean’s Excellence Fund
Dean Williams envisions a liberal arts "sin fronteras," which means a liberal arts education without borders, boundaries or barriers. Without borders: a liberal arts education that opens the world to our students through international educational opportunities. Without boundaries: a liberal arts education that prepares students for an increasingly interconnected world. Without barriers: a liberal arts education in which every CLA student finds Cal Poly’s opportunities fully available to them.
Annual gifts to the department or program of your choice provide vital support for new curriculum, faculty research and development, laboratory and equipment upgrades, student projects, student and faculty travel, national and international competitions, and awards.
While students may receive financial aid through grants, loans, parental assistance and part-time jobs, many exemplary scholars still struggle to meet the costs of higher education.There are many ways for donors to support scholarships, from sustaining existing scholarships to creating new ones that can reflect donors' values and interests. For more information about creating a new scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund, contact the CLA Advancement team at 805-756-6246.
Cal Poly Scholars
The Cal Poly Scholars program aims to recruit and retain high-achieving students with financial need from California high schools and community colleges. You can help support Cal Poly Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts.
The teacher-scholar model, whereby faculty are engaged with both teaching and research, is central to Cal Poly’s identity and its mission to provide a comprehensive polytechnic education. Giving faculty the space and tools to pursue scholarly work enables them to bring cutting-edge ideas, meaningful experiences, and increased opportunities for Learn by Doing to students. Your generous gifts allow CLA to recruit and retain top faculty and deliver a premiere student experience.