Orientation Guidelines

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2024 Orientation Reservation Guidelines 

The below policies below apply to new students attending Cal Poly for the current 2024-25 academic year. 

Reservation Deadlines & Fees

SLO Days & WOW Exemptions

Supporter Reservation


Changes, Refunds & Cancellations

Orientation Request Form 



Reservation Deadlines & Fees

  • Early Bird Fee Reservation Begins — Friday, April 20, 2024
  • Deadline for SLO Days Exemptions — Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST) 
  • Deadline for Early Bird Fee Reservation — Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST)
  • Regular Fee Reservation Begins — Sunday, June 16, 2024  (5:01 p.m. PST) 
  • First Year Students must register for their SLO Days and Transfer Students must register for Transfer SLO Days by Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • Change of Date Requests — see below chart for change of date deadlines per session 
  • Week of Welcome (WOW) Exemption Requests — Saturday, August 31, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST)
  • Deadline to Submit Refund Requests — Saturday, August 31, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST) 

All newly admitted students are required by the University to attend SLO Days and the Week of Welcome (WOW) orientation. 

All SLO Days sessions have limited capacity. Space is not guaranteed until your submitted payment is received for your reservation. There is no waitlist for closed/locked sessions. Change of date requests for SLO Days must be submitted by the Orientation Request Form before the allotted dates listed below. If approved, a change-of-date fee of $50 will be applied to the student's orientation reservation. Failure to submit a request prior to the deadline or submit payment before the preferred SLO Days date will prohibit the student from participating in the event. 

SLO Days Session Deadline to Request Change of Date 
Monday, July 1, 2024 - Tuesday, July 2, 2024  Monday, June 17, 2024
Friday, July 5, 2024 - Saturday, July 6, 2024 Friday, June 21, 2024
Monday, July 8, 2024 - Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Monday, June 24, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - Friday, July 12, 2024 Thursday, June 27, 2024
Monday, July 15, 2024 - Tuesday, July 16, 2024 Monday, July 1, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - Friday, July 19, 2024 Thursday, July 4, 2024
Monday, July 22, 2024 - Tuesday, July 23, 2024 Monday, July 8, 2024
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 - Wednesday, July 31, 2024 Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Friday, August 2, 2024 - Saturday, August 3, 2024  Friday, July 19, 2024
Monday, August 5, 2024 - Tuesday, August 6, 2024  Monday, July 22, 2024
Friday, August 9, 2024 - Saturday, August 10, 2024  Friday, July 26, 2024
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 (virtual) Tuesday, July 30, 2024
Friday, July 26, 2024 (Virtual Transfer Session)  Friday, July 12, 2024
Saturday, July 27, 2024 (In-Person Transfer Session) Saturday, July 13, 2024

Newly admitted students — both first-time freshmen and transfer students — must participate in and register for the mandatory orientations. Transfer students participate in a two-part Transfer SLO Days Session, which will be based on the college of their major.

Readmitted students may seek a written approval from their College Advisors to receive exemption from one or both orientation events. Please follow the instructions found on our website, HERE

We encourage students to make their reservations promptly to secure their preferred SLO Days session at a discounted rate before Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST). The regular fee will be applied after Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST) to the overall orientation reservation reflecting an additional $75 under the Week of Welcome portion of the bill.  

SLO Days/Week of Welcome (WOW) Overall Exemptions

All first-year and transfer students are required to register and attend orientation (SLO Days and the Week of Welcome). In rare and extenuating circumstances, a student may be granted an exemption from attending all or part of orientation. Circumstances may include a medical need, family circumstances, or inability to travel to San Luis Obispo at the time of sessions. Additionally, if our department is unable to accommodate another available SLO Days session, this would qualify as a request for exemption. 

Request to be exempted from SLO Days must be received by Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST) Exemption requests for Week of Welcome must be received by Saturday, August 31, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST.).  Failure to submit requests prior to the allotted deadlines will result in an immediate denied request. 

Documentation may be required as part of the request, and it is not guaranteed an exemption.

Freshman Students: All first-time freshmen students attending an in person SLO Days session are required to stay on campus in provided accommodations during the overnight portion of the session. Students may request an exemption from the overnight component for the following reasons only: 

  1. Live within or stay with family that lives in San Luis Obispo County 
  2. Medical need or other extenuating circumstances 

Orientation fees will remain the same regardless of whether or not the student is granted an exemption from the overnight segment of SLO Days. Overnight accommodations are not provided for registered supporters. The university provides one night of accommodations for students as part of their session. Please check our website for additional information on recommended supporter accommodations. 

All requests for Overnight Exemptions must be received by Sunday, June 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST).

Transfer Students: Overnight accommodations are not included with the registration for both students and guests. 

Supporter Reservation

We encourage our parents and supporters to participate in SLO Days and learn about the Cal Poly experience. Register up to two (2) supporters per student for an additional fee under your student's orientation registration tab in their Cal Poly Portal. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Once a payment is submitted on the student's portal, you may not edit the reservation.

To add or cancel guests, you must complete the Orientation Request Form a minimum of 14 business days prior to your registered SLO Days event. Failure to submit the requests prior will result in an immediate denied request.

Changes, Refund & Cancellation Policy

Change of date requests for SLO Days must be submitted by the requested date (listed above) for your session. Please note, a $50 change-of-date fee will automatically be applied to the orientation reservation account, which must be processed immediately. Failure to submit immediate payment will result in no change of date.

Refunds will be applied automatically to students who have been rescinded from the university for the academic year of 2024-2025. Students who have withdrawn their application from the university must complete the Orientation Request Form by August 31, 2024, to receive their refund. Please note, a processing fee of $50 will be applied to the overall reservation. 

Refunds will not be offered to students who miss their SLO Days session. Options include completing the Orientation Request Form to select a new available date or participating in the recorded presentation. Recorded footage will be available shortly into SLO Days sessionsand "how to access" will be announced on our website and on our social media. Recorded sessions will only be accessible to students and supporters who registered and submitted payment. 

Students attending Cal Poly in Fall 2024 cannot cancel their orientation registration.

To request a change in the SLO Days session, request student or supporter refund, or an overnight exemption, click here to access the Orientation Request Form. Please allow 14 business days from the date it was submitted to be reviewed and note that your request is not guaranteed to be approved or denied. 



Published April 12, 2024

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