Many Cal Poly students lack the resources they need to be successful. To support our students, Career Services maintains a Clothing Closet to provide students with free, high-quality work clothes to create a memorable first impression at career fairs and interviews.

For Students: Accessing the Closet

Are you worried about being able to afford new interview clothes? Feel like you have to choose between making a great first impression and covering your other expenses? To support you in dressing for success, Career Services has collected new and gently-used professional clothing and shoes from the campus and community. Clothing is free, available to all students, and does not need to be returned. Chest binders are also available to borrow from the closet.

To use the Clothing Closet during the year, please schedule an appointment or visit us during general Drop-In hours.

For the Community: Year-round Clothing Donation

How to Donate

Want to run a clothing drive for the Professional Clothing Closet? Use our easy How-to guide to start!

Drop off your contemporary style, clean professional clothing for our Professional Clothing Closet.

  • Dress shirts
  • Suits, blazers
  • Dress skirts
  • Dress pants
  • Slacks 

Need help deciding what to donate? Please use this guide:

  • Modern style for young professionals. Ask yourself, "Is this attire appropriate for an interview?"
  • Gently used, no stains
  • Smoke-free
  • Dry cleaned/cleaned 

Drop-Off Locations:

  1. Donations can be dropped off at Cal Poly Career Services (Building 124). Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby.
  2. Mail to:
    Career Services
    Attn: Clothing Closet
    1 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Amazon Wishlist

Contribute to the Amazon Wishlist

Want to support, but don't have clothes to donate? Introducing the Career Services Professional Clothing Closet Amazon Wishlist. We've already selected a menu of professional clothes. You choose what to donate and purchase the clothes, and they will be shipped directly to Career Services. It's that easy. Start shopping now!

On-Campus Clothing Drive
March 2 - May 1

First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. New this year, Career Services is accepting donations through an on-campus clothing collection starting March 2nd. There will be clothing closet donation bins at 12 locations across campus, which you can find by using the map below. Please consider donating clean, gently used, contemporary professional clothing. Donations can be dropped off through May 1.


Hear What Students Have to Say!

"Career Services was really helpful and willing to help me with whatever I needed for business casual. I really enjoyed everybody!" Kristen Chan

"It was fun! I'm going to the Career Fair and hopefully, I can get an internship." 
Juan David Gonzalez  

"Career Services' Clothing Closet helped me pick out interview clothes for future jobs. It's a good thing they're offering this kind of clothing for people!"  – Max Wu

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