Cal Poly Athletics includes men and women's basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, baseball, football, and wrestling. The Mustangs compete in NCAA Division I; they are primarily members of the Big West Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, but the football team plays in the Big Sky Conference and the wrestling team is an associate member in the Pac-12 Conference.
The Cal Poly Atheltics mission is to:
Intercollegiate athletics shall be an integral part of the educational program of the university and, as such, shall be guided by the same purposes and general objectives set forth for curricular and co-curricular programs of the University. Cal Poly is committed to providing a broad based, high quality, competitive, NCAA Division I athletic program that affords student-athletes opportunities to take advantage of Cal Poly's unique "learn by doing" philosophy. The program will demonstrate the positive values of physical activity, learned skills, teamwork, dedications to excellence, and sportsmanship acquired by active participants. The intercollegiate athletics department will take reasonable steps to ensure that the educational objectives and academic progress of student athletes shall be supported. Wherever possible, the athletic department will seek to provide opportunities to involve students in meaningful learning experiences related to their academic disciplines.