Orientation Guidelines

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2020 Orientation Registration Guidelines 

UPDATE - policies below apply to new students attending Cal Poly for the 2020-21 academic year. 


SLO Days & WOW Exemptions

Supporter Registration


Changes, Refunds & Cancellations

Orientation Request Form (Officially Closed)



It is the guidelines of the university that all newly admitted students register for and attend SLO Days and the Week of Welcome (WOW) orientation. Participation and registration in orientation is mandatory for all new students attending Cal Poly. A student’s failure to complete their orientation requirement may result in their admission being rescinded by the university.

All SLO Days sessions have limited capacity. Space is not guaranteed until registration and fee have been received. There is no wait list for closed/locked sessions.

Newly admitted students - both first-time freshmen and transfer students - must participate in and register for the mandatory orientations. Transfer students participate in a single-day SLO Days session. The session they will attend will be based on the college of their major.

SLO Days/Week of Welcome (WOW) Overall Exemptions

It is the policy of the university that all students register for and attend orientation (SLO Days and the Week of Welcome). In rare, extenuating circumstances, a student may be granted an exemption from attending all or part of orientation. Circumstances may include a medical need, or family circumstances. We kindly ask that you submit your request to be exempted from the orientation event(s) as soon as possible. Documentation may be required as part of the request, and it is not guaranteed an exemption, as our platform has changed to solely virtual.

Supporter Registration

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 under your student's orientation registration tab in their Cal Poly Portal. Please note that there is no deadline or late fee for registering a supporter, however, we recommend registering well in advance to recieve details regarding your SLO Days schedule.

We will be providing presentations that will be beneficial to you and your student's success at Cal Poly. Our campus partners will be collaborating with us to provide you the same information that would have been shared at the in-person event. You will not want to miss the opportunity to get acquainted with the campus resources. 

Changes, Refund & Cancellation Policy

No refund will be processed until we have received verification from Admissions of the recent status change, or if the student had been rescinded from the university. 

We will process the difference in cost to all those who have registered for orientation prior to the new prices. Due to the high volume of refunds, please allow the funds to be reissued to your credit card by the end of August. In the circumstance, that your original card has expired, or no longer is available, please email orientation@calpoly.edu.

As of July 27th at 11:59PM (PST) fees have been increased. All requests for a change of session date must be made 14 business days prior to your registered SLO Days session. Refunds will not be offered to students who've missed their SLO Days session. Options include completing the Orientation Request Form and select a new available date or participate in the recorded presentations. Recorded footage will be available mid-August and "how to access" will be announced at our website and on our social media. Recorded sessions will only be accessible for students and supporters who've registered and submitted payment. 


Published February 28, 2020 - Updated September 22, 2020

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