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Get Excited for SLO Days

Get excited for 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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SLO Days Updates

With the intention of continuing to host in-person Orientation, we have decided to shift our SLO Days sessions into the latter part of our Summer session out of on an abundance of caution.

As we are making decisions, we are taking into close consideration the ever changing status of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event SLO Days is transitioned to a virtual format, we will communicate this information in a timely manner to all participants. We encourage you to check back frequently at our website and social media for updates as you are making travel plans.

Regardless of format, New Student & Transition Programs is committed to creating a quality Orientation experience for all of our new Mustangs. Congratulations on your decision to come to Cal Poly – we are excited to connect with you soon, whether that is in-person or virtually!

For questions and other concerns, please email us at

For the latest information on COVID-19 and the steps Cal Poly is taking, please refer to

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

NSTP’s three flagship programs include:

  • Open House. Open to all admitted students and their supporters as well as the San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly communities. Unfortunately, based on an abundance of caution, the following decision has been made: Open House and associated activities, including Poly Cultural Weekend, have been canceled. We are excited to see you next year at Open House 2021! Keep an eye out for virtual content coming soon. 
  • SLO Days. SLO Days is our summer orientation program and is mandatory for all new students. New students will get their first on campus experience as new Mustangs. You will make connections with new students, leaders, and your college and explore campus and the San Luis Obispo community in this two-day, overnight event. Dates between July and mid-August. Space in each session is limited and not guaranteed until reception of payment upon registration.

  • Week of Welcome. Known simply as “WOW”, Week of Welcome is a 60 year-old tradition at Cal Poly taking place in September leading up to and around your first days of class. Start off your career as a Mustang as you and your new classmates move-in, kick off the year with the Big Fall Welcome, explore the central coast, learn about your role as part of the Mustang Nation, start on your Journey to Academic Success, and make life-long connections. Mandatory for all new students, starting September 12th through September 20th. 


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Your orientation schedule, arrival information, to-do lists - and more - all at your finger tips in the brand new "Cal Poly Now" mobile app, the official app of Cal Poly Student Affairs.

Download it now and search for the "Orientation 2020" guide (available Summer 2020) and start planning ahead for your upcoming session.

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