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Get Excited for SLO Days

Get excited for Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days 2021! Meet other new students and their supporters, make connections, and explore all Cal Poly has to offer! Continue reading for more information.

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Get Excited for WOW

Get excited for Week of Welcome (WOW) 2021! Explore Cal Poly and the community, learn what it means to be a Mustang, and meet hundreds of new students! Continue reading for more information.

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Orientation Updates

07/18/2021 - Freshman and Supporter SLO Days Session Pages Updated! 

The Freshmen SLO Days session page and Parents & Supporters SLO Days session page are up to date with information to prepare you for your in person session! Please refer to these pages for what to bring, arrival information, the session schedules, and more!


05/03/2021 - The Reservation System is Live

Hello Mustangs! The reservation system is LIVE! The deadline to submit your request for change of SLO Days date and confirm your reservation prior to incurring a late fee, has been extended to July 1. Space is not guaranteed until submission of your payment is received. We are here to help, please contact us at for questions. 


04/27/2021 - The Reservation System is Temporarily Shut Down

Hello Mustangs! The reservation system has been shut down for maintenance for more schedule availability and will reopen on May 3 by 12:00 PM (PDT). If you have any other questions, please contact


04/26/2021 - Open House 2021 Information!

Congratulations on being accepted to, or waitlisted for, Cal Poly for the fall 2021 quarter! While we are disappointed we can't invite you to campus to experience Cal Poly in person, we are excited to bring Cal Poly to you virtually. The events of our weeklong virtual Open House will help you to get to know campus, answer your questions and, hopefully, make your college decision a little easier.

The week is packed full with various events to welcome you to our campus and allow you to learn more about the various colleges, clubs, and resources.

Name Date & Time (PST) Zoom Link Recordings (Closed Captions Available)
Love Where You Live: San Luis Obispo Thurs, April 8th 4:00pm  
University Welcome Fri, April 9th 3:00pm
Friday Nite invite Fri, April 9th 6:00pm

College of Liberal Arts: Join here! ID: 868 7233 7212


College of Science and Mathematics: Join here! ID: 871 8652 3837


College of Engineering: Join here! ID: 878 5986 3922


College of Architecture and Environmental Design: Join here! ID: 892 6059 8282


College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: Join here! ID: 851 9822 8314


Orfalea College of Business: Join here! ID: 867 1120 5798

This session was not recorded.
College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Welcome Sat, April 10th 9:00am
College of Architecture and Environmental Design Welcome Sat, April 10th 9:00am
College of Engineering Welcome Sat, April 10th 11:00am
College of Liberal Arts Welcome Sat, April 10th 11:00am
College of Science and Mathematics Welcome Sat, April 10th 1:00pm
Orfalea College of Business Welcome Sat, April 10th 1:00pm
Transfer Center Sat, April 10th 1:30pm Recording to come!
Mustang Success Center Sat, April 10th 2:30pm Recording to come!
Alumni Panel Sat, April 10th 4:00pm This session was not recorded.
Welcome to Life on Campus with Keith Sun, April 11th 9:00am
Coffee House Sun, April 11th 10:00am This session was not recorded.
Housing Sun, April 11th 12:00pm
Dining Sun, April 11th 1:00pm
Mustang Night of Talent Sun, April 11th 5:00pm

Recording to come!
Virtual Club Fair Mon, April 12th 8:00am - Thurs, April 15, 11:45pm This session was not recorded.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action Panel Mon, April 12th 5:00pm


CP Scholars  Tues, April 13th 4:00pm Recording to come!
Disability Resource Center Weds, April 14th 4:00pm Recording to come!
Financial Aid
Campus Police Weds, April 14th 5:00pm Recording to come!
Trio Achievers Thurs, April 15th 4:00pm Zoom ID: 870 6625 9113 Recording to come!

For more information regarding these events, and all of the events that will be happening throughout the week, please download our CP Now app, and search for "Open House 2021" under "Find Guides". 

01/5/2021 - Message to New On-Campus Students! - Now You're A Mustang ON-CAMPUS...Welcome


Welcome New Mustangs, 

The staff and students of New Student & Transition Programs are excited to have you join us on campus for Winter quarter.  In such an unprecedented time, we want to make sure that you feel prepared to join your new community. Everyone on campus has worked hard to offer you plenty of resources and services to make your on-campus experience a smooth transition.  Meet some of our Cal Poly Mustangs that have come together to introduce you to their top 10 "must know" aspects of the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community.  Check out their video messages below. 

  1. Cal Poly is focused on the health and safety of its students. Watch this video to learn more about the precautions taken regarding COVID-19 and the steps you must take before coming on campus! for more information.

  2. Learn more about Campus Dining and using the Grubhub application. Cal Poly dining offers 21 different venues with over 1000 different menu options to accommodate students and their needs. Visit for more information.  

  3. Discover how to use Canvas and Zoom, the primary applications used throughout your classes to upload assignments, attend class, and visit office hours. 

  4. Download the Cal Poly Now app to learn more about the University and keep up with all the latest information and events on campus.  

  5. Your Poly Card is your key around campus, watch this video to learn where and how to use your card while a student on campus. Visit for more information.
     6. Learn how to get a job on and around campus through your portal. Cal Poly embraces the skills of our students and offers jobs centered around their skills. 
     7. Schedule recreation center and health center appointments for a safe, healthy visit on campus. Your mental and physical health are important to  us. Visit for more information.

     8. Transport yourself throughout the city of San Luis Obispo by foot, bike, car, or transit. There is so much to see and so many ways to see it. Visit for more information.
     9. Watch this video to get to know a little more about your new town, San Luis ObispoThere are copious hiking trails, a colorful beach, and a beautiful mission to see in the heart of downtown. Visit for more information. 
    10. Meet our New Student & Transition Programs Connections Cohort that puts on weekly, virtual events for students to interact and get to know each other.
Again, welcome to campus. While we are all working remotely, please email us at, if you have any questions about navigating your way around campus.  
The Staff & Students of New Student & Transition Programs
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo



10/20/2020 - Get Connected with Mustangs!

Starting this week, there will be several events offered to allow for new and returning Mustangs to meet each other. Come to our first event, Speed Friending, this Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00pm-7:00pm PST, to meet new people, make new friends, and get connected with the campus community. 

Click here to join this event!

Speed Friending Extravaganza Join this cohort of leaders to continue to grow the connections you made during your SLO Days and WOW experiences! Especially now more than ever, we are committed to facilitating campus experiences and making sure that every new student feels like they can call Cal Poly their home. // Why: To meet new people, make new friends, and get connected with the campus community!!


Begin Your Cal Poly Journey at SLO Days 

New Student and Transition Programs (NSTP) is proud to host SLO Days this summer for all newly admitted students and their supporters!

This year especially, our student leaders are committed to creating the best possible experience for all new incoming students and their supporters. To learn more about the exciting things they have planned for you, please visit our SLO Days page.

New Student and Transition Programs serves as a home and resource to all new students and their supporters and to ensure their successful transition to Cal Poly.

Open House 

April 8-15 2021
Open to all admitted students and their supporters as well as the San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly communities. This year, Open House and associated activities, including Poly Cultural Weekend, was offered virtually in 2020. 

→ Check out what you missed!

Orientation Part One: SLO Days 

July 7 - August 13 2021
This year, incoming students will get their first campus experience as new Mustangs. Our programming will help attendees make meaningful connections with new students, leaders, and explore campus resources. Space in each session is limited so register today.

→ Learn more

Orientation Part Two: Week of Welcome  

September 15-19 2021

WOW is a more than 60-year-old Cal Poly tradition that takes place the week leading up to and around your first days of class. 

→ Learn more

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