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Get Excited for Virtual SLO Days

Get excited for Virtual Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days 2020! 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) 2020! 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

7/14/2020 - Get Ready for Virtual SLO Days! - Portal Announcement

1. Complete your Pre-Orientation Experience

Pre-Orientation information will be accessible prior to your scheduled session date. First-time freshmen will receive access two (2) weeks in advance, and transfer students will receive access three (3) weeks in advance. You will receive an enrollment confirmation notification via your Cal Poly email. Then you can complete your Pre-Orientation experience at your own pace before your scheduled session date. Make sure to check your email to access the materials!

2. Download the Orientation 2020 Guide in the Cal Poly Now App

Schedules, presentation descriptions, session details, and much more can be found on our Orientation 2020 Guide! Make sure to download the FREE Cal Poly Now app and Orientation 2020 Guide before your session. This can be done by searching "Cal Poly Now" in the app store of your device.

3. Attend your Virtual SLO Days Session Date

We’re so excited to see you at Virtual SLO Days this year! Make sure to check out our website for additional details and tips for preparing for your session! Session dates will be hosted through Zoom meetings and webinars. Secure links specific to your session date will be provided within your Pre-Orientation site at least 48 hours before your scheduled session.

Have a Supporter Registered for SLO Days? 

If your supporter(s) registered for SLO Days, they will receive their own Pre-Orientation materials and session date Zoom links via the email they used to register! 

6/10/2020 - September 11-12 SLO Days Session Canceled

Dear New Student,

We’re reaching out to let you know we’ve canceled the September 11-12 SLO Days session to help accommodate University Housing’s expanded move-in process. As a result, we ask that you please complete the Orientation Request Form with a new, preferred date (please note we added a new August 20-21 session). If you are an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student, August 20-21 is your new session date and we have already placed you into that session.  

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we continue to provide new students and parents/supporters with a comprehensive orientation program. If you have any questions, please reach out to the New Student and Transition Programs at orientation@calpoly.edu

Sincerely, 

Cal Poly New Student and Transition Programs 

6/10/2020 - August 20-21 Virtual SLO Days Session Added

An additional session date for Virtual SLO Days has been added on August 20-21. Click here to view all of the Virtual SLO Days session dates. 

Begin Your Cal Poly Journey at Virtual SLO Days 

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

Although we always prefer to see our newest Mustangs in person, our top priority is your health and well-being. With this in mind, the university made the decision to offer virtual summer orientation after careful guidance from public health officials. For the latest campus information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit coronavirus.calpoly.edu.

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 2020
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. 

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Orientation Part One: Virtual SLO Days 

July 27-Sept. 1, 2020
This year, incoming students will get their first virtual campus experience as new Mustangs. Our virtual programming will help attendees make meaningful connections with new students, leaders, and explore campus resources. Space in each session is limited so register today.

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Orientation Part Two: Week of Welcome  

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. 

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