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Cal Poly, Orfalea College of Business


At the Orfalea College of Business, students Learn by Doing. To ensure their success in a modern global economy, we give them hands-on access to advanced technical facilities, exceptional faculty members, and like-minded peers who are preparing themselves to be the next generation of business leaders. As one of six academic colleges on Cal Poly’s beautiful San Luis Obispo campus, the Orfalea College is the ideal setting to inspire creativity and collaboration—the values that transform a traditional college experience into a quality education. Our graduates aren’t just turning themselves into better individuals. They’re making the world a brighter place. Paul J. Orfalea, founder of Kinko’s, donated a gift of securities worth $15 million to the College of Business. The donation is earmarked to enhance the quality and scope of business education for Cal Poly students. The CSU Board of Trustees voted on January 24, 2001 to officially approve the naming of the Orfalea College of Business in recognition of Mr. Orfalea’s generous gift. Mr. Orfalea founded Kinko’s in 1970 near the University of California at Santa Barbara with a simple idea: provide college students with products and services they need at a competitive price. From its modest beginnings, Kinko’s is now the leading business services chain in the world.

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