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My Cal Poly Portal - Quick Start

The My Cal Poly Portal (aka the portal or My Cal Poly) is a website that gathers in one place your Cal Poly information and gives you access to many applications you need.  When you log into the portal your access to applications and information is based on your relationship with the university (e.g. your status as a Student, Staff, Faculty, your class term, your job function, etc).

Use Single Click Links on the left side to access other applications once you’ve logged into the portal.

Not seeing a link? Use Edit Links to add or remove links to Single Click.

The Edit Links link on the Single Click section

Expand or shrink to give yourself a little more screen space by clicking the Arrow in the upper Right

The expand or shrink arrow on the single click section

Explore and Customize Your Content Layout with Tabs and Portlets

Looking for more? Explore the tabs across the top to see all the portlets (boxes filled with your content).  On your Home tab, we’ve grouped portlets that you need regularly.  All tabs and portlets have been organized for your convenience.

Easily customize your layout if you don’t like the way it’s organized.

Add Content

Click the Customize link on the top-right and type keywords in the Search box (on the left-side) to find additional content for your portal layout.  Roll over the content you want and click the Add button. This puts a new portlet onto your layout

The Customize drop down dialog

Move Content

Don’t like where something is on your tab? Move it where you want by clicking the title bar and dragging it to a new location on your tab.  You can’t drag portlets to another tab, so instead, click the tab, click Customize, and add the portlet.

Note: Some portlets are fixed on your layout and can’t be moved.

Shows the moving of a portlet within the portal layout

Delete Content

Want to remove a portlet?  Click on the X (   The X that you'd use to delete a portlet    ) at the top-right corner of a portlet.  Deleted a portlet by accident?  Simply re-add it to a tab as described above.

Add or Delete Tabs

Need a new tab?   Click Add Tab to the right of the Tabs and give the tab a new name.

Searching for Content

Don’t see what you need?  Try searching. You can search Cal Poly’s web, portal, and people by typing your search term in the upper-right search box then click Go (  cut out of Go button    )

The search input box at the top right of the portal layout

Results are organized into 3 columns with results from Cal Poly Directory, Cal Poly Web and Portal content.

Search results from the portal

Reaching Out to You

The portal is also used as a means for the university to communicate with you through a number of different avenues.


View information in one place about events held all over campus. Included is information on Campus Life, Club Sports, Student related events as well as events held at the Performing Arts Center.


Subscribe to topics that interest you with information provided by campus organizations using the Campus Announcements portlet. Un-subscribe to others you are not interested in. Click on My Subscriptions to customize the list or subscribe to an RSS feed for a particular topic.Shows where the My Subscriptions link is at the bottom-right of the Announcements portlet


The notification drop down in the upper-right communicates academically pertinent information that requires action. You can dismiss a notification at any time by clicking on the   to the right of the message.

Show the Notifications drop down at the top-right of the portal layout

See our My Cal Poly Portal Frequently Asked Questions page for additional help with the My Cal Poly Portal.

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