Climbing Park Courtesy Cal Poly
The climbing park opened in 2012 and includes both a 42-foot climbing wall and 130-foot bouldering rock. Check out our complete list of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers.
Learn By Doing Courtesy Cal Poly
Part of Cal Poly's holdings is the Swanton Pacific Ranch, a 3,200-acre ranch with rangeland, livestock and forestry operations for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. The ranch is part of the "Learn by Doing" emphasis at the university.
Poly Escapes Courtesy Cal Poly
Poly Escapes, the university's outdoor organizing club, hosts around 20 low-cost trips per quarter with no experience needed.
Poly Escape Trips Courtesy Cal Poly
Trips are led by students who have completed Co-Leader Training over the course of two years and hold certifications in CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid.
Recreation Center Courtesy Cal Poly
The newly expanded recreation center includes an Olympic-size swimming pool with activities ranging from beginner swimming classes to private swim lessons and SCUBA training.