Supporting Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business


The Orfalea College of Business’ mission is to prepare career-ready global business leaders through hands-on discovery and application. The college’s unique Learn by Doing opportunities and extensive student-support programs are made possible thanks to generous philanthropic support from donors and industry partners. Our Goal: To strategically support the Orfalea College of Business’ programs, empower student success, retain the best faculty, connect students to professional opportunities and equip Cal Poly’s learning community to make a positive impact on our economy. Explore the variety of ways you can make a difference in the lives of our students and help elevate our learning community.

A History of Giving

The Orfalea College of Business has a long history of working with alumni, parents and corporate partners to serve and empower students. Cal Poly established the business school in 1976. From its early days, the Clocktower Club rallied graduates to give back to their alma mater, a charitable spirit that still thrives in the Orfalea community today.

Portraits of Giving

“All the work that goes into evolving the academic programs, the study abroad opportunities, the alumni mentoring — it all comes back to benefit the students. That’s what drives the Dean’s Advisory Council. A student will walk into one of our meetings and share an amazing experience because of an opportunity a leader at Orfalea fought for. Our students are truly outstanding! As someone who’s given to this college, I can honestly say it makes me proud to know we’re putting the generosity of others to work in the right places. And at every meeting, we recognize there’s still so much we have yet to do to help our college prepare students to meet the ever-changing needs of the business environment.”

— Kris Yetter (Economics, ’85) President of the Dean’s Advisory Council