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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

1/5/2021 - 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!!

9/9/2020 - New Student Academic Day: College Connections

Through a virtual experience, students will meet and become familiar with their college leadership and department faculty members during New Student Academic Day, Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

For more information on New Student Academic Day and a full schedule click here!

Links to college-wide and break-out department meetings will be available starting at 8:00 a.m. on September 9. Students must use the Zoom account associated with their Cal Poly email address to access all events.

Click here to log in and configure your Cal Poly Zoom account, before September 9.

9/3/2020 - New Week of Welcome 2020 Updates

Check out our Week of Welcome Page for updated information about WOW 2020! New information is added frequently to help you prepare for your upcoming Orientation.

8/28/2020 - Before You Come to Campus

Cal Poly is requiring all students living on campus to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. Information on where to get tested, who needs to get tested, how you complete this requirement:  

8/18/2020 - Transfer Students - Make Sure to Complete your Pre-Orientation!

On Friday, Aug. 7, you were placed in two Canvas courses to prepare you for SLO Days and your time at Cal Poly

One course is for your college and will outline everything you will need to know about key dates, selecting fall quarter classes and the registration process. Please take time to complete this course; it will answer most questions you have about registration and set you up for success for SLO Days. Please note – completion of this course is required before your SLO Days session.

The second course is Transfer Transitions, which outlines information for supporting your transition into Cal Poly. Both will remain active for the entire academic year.  

8/17/2020 - Now to WOW is Live!

Now to WOW is live for students on their Canvas page and for supporters in their thank you emails! If you haven't attended your session, you will not receive these materials. We look forward to seeing the rest of you all at your SLO Days session!

8/14/2020 - Transfer Students – Get Ready for Virtual SLO Days!

Transfer Students are encouraged to visit our Transfer Sessions Page to learn more about how to prepare for Virtual SLO Days.

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. Click here to view steps on how to download Cal Poly Now.

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


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

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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