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Our Vision

RPTA's vision is to promote healthy lifestyles, protect memorable places, and facilitate life-enhancing experiences. Live. Protect. Explore.

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Core Values

Involve life balance, sustainability, service, leadership, innovation, curiosity, creativity, diversity and inclusivity, community and collaboration, professionalism and integrity.

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Specialized Concentrations

Students choose from the following: Event planning & management, Hospitality & tourism management, Sport management, Outdoor recreation management, & Community services management.

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Second to None

RPTA boasts an award-winning faculty and staff who are devoted to student success, dedicated to Learn by Doing, and committed to fostering a sense of community.

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Experience Industry

We teach students how to manage the organizations that create opportunities for experiences to come alive — whether through travel, a sporting event, or a slackline above Bishops Peak.

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An Office with a View

RPTA alumni work in settings where their “offices” are often unconventional —whether a Napa winery, Levi’s Stadium (pictured left), a beachfront hotel, or a kayak in Morro Bay.

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Values & Mission

All of the RPTA Department's interactions involve a set of core values.

These values help us achieve our mission:

To advance leadership and knowledge in recreation, parks, and tourism.

Mission and Vision


The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Important Information from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) regarding degree mills.  Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills.    Find out more

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Get Involved

The Cal Poly RPTA Jobs blog is where we share the latest job, internship, and volunteer opportunities!

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The Cal Poly RPTA Clubs blog is where we post important information about the club, upcoming events, and current officers.

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