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: Clothing Drive
Drop off your contemporary style, clean professional clothing for our Professional Clothing Closet.
- Dress shirts
- Suits, blazers
- Dress skirts
- Dress pants
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
Donations can be dropped off at Cal Poly Career Services (Building 124). Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby.
Clothing Closet Events
Starting in 2015, Career Services held a fall Clothing Closet event to provide professional clothes to students before the job and internship recruiting cycle. 1300+ students have attended the events since 2015. Attendees included 40% PELL grant eligible students, 64% first-generation students, and 57% students of color.
"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