Welcome to Cal Poly!

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Andrene Kaiwi

California Polytechnic State University's (Cal Poly) New Student & Transition Programs is here to ensure that all New Mustangs and their families begin their journeys at Cal Poly with a comprehensive introduction to Cal Poly life. College is a time of new beginnings for a student - beginning to find out who they are, beginning to prepare themselves for a career, and beginning to learn about the part they will play in the world. New Student & Transition Programs, with an enthusiastic staff of over 700, is here to support and guide students and their families through their journey as they begin their life at Cal Poly.
The first step for newly admitted students and their families begins at Orientation, where our Summer Orientation staff provide an introduction to Cal Poly and its world-renowned academic programs, extensive services, and rich traditions.
New Student & Transition Programs offers several programs throughout the summer and academic year to support new students as they enter and transition into Cal Poly:
  • Open House - a three-day event that celebrates Cal Poly and the achievements of students and families, faculty, alumni and the community
  • SLO Days Sessions - for all incoming first year and transfer students
  • Parent & Supporter Orientation at SLO Days - for the parents and family members of new students
  • Week of Welcome - a Fall Quarter program for advising and enrollment support
This website provides you with information about our programs as well as resources to assist you in navigating Cal Poly.
If you have any other questions about Cal Poly, including the wide range of academic programs and services here at Cal Poly, our staff can assist you in getting the information you need and direct you on the next steps to take. Call us at (805) 756-2400 or email us at orientation@calpoly.edu.

Go Mustangs!
Andrene Kaiwi, Director 
Cal Poly New Student & Transition Programs

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