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How to Submit Your Senior Project - Online Submission

Congratulations, you’re graduating soon!

The Kennedy Library is thrilled to support Cal Poly student success by making students’ senior projects available in our online scholarship archive DigitalCommons@CalPoly. By contributing to DigitalCommons@CalPoly, you will have a digital record of your senior project with a permanent URL and access to your project’s download statistics, which you can use on your resume or portfolio, or on graduate school applications.

Each department has slight variations on the senior project submissions process outlined below, so check with your department first. Please be aware that paper submission forms for senior projects are no longer being accepted. Starting Spring Quarter, 30 March 2020 the submission process will only be available online.

1: Get a Cashier’s Receipt

  • Pay the $12 senior project processing fee online or in person:
    • To pay in person (cash or check only), go to the Cashier’s window in the Administration Building.
    • To pay online (debit or credit card):
      1. Log in to your Cal Poly Portal.
      2. Click on Money Matters tab.
      3. Select Make Payment Now.
      4. In the Available Items section, click View all.
      5. Click on Senior Project & Master Thesis Fees.
      6. Click on Senior Project Fee.
      7. Click on Add to Payment.
      8. Click on Pay Now and complete the prompts for processing payment.
  • Regardless of the number of authors, pay the senior project fee once per project.
  • Keep or create a digital copy of the receipt for submission and your own records.

2: Upload your senior project to DigitalCommons@CalPoly

  • Visit DigitalCommons@CalPoly, and click on the link in the right sidebar Submit, click on the Submit Senior Project buttonclick on your department, and click on the Submit Research button in the right sidebar under Author Corner.
  • Read and review the Student Senior Project Contributor Agreement, check the box to agree to the above terms, and click Continue.
  • Complete all the required fields, and click Submit.
  • Upload a copy of the cashier's receipt for the senior project processing fee by following the listed instructions. 
    • Once the file appears, enter "Proof of Payment" under Description, and unclick the box under Show.
  • Upload any supplemental material using the same steps for uploading your cashier's receipt.
    • Once the file appears, enter a name for the file under Description, and make sure the box under Show is clicked.
  • Click Save, and click Continue.

3: All done!

  • You will receive email confirmations when your senior project has been uploaded, once it has been approved by your advisor and/or department, and publicly posted to Digital Commons.
  • If your project is not approved by your advisor and/or department, you should be contacted by either party to advise on editing your submission.


Please contact Digital Commons staff via email at ude.yloplac@snommoclatigid.