2023 Orientation Reservation Guidelines
The below policies below apply to new students attending Cal Poly for the current 2023-24 academic year.
Reservation Deadlines & Fees
- Early Bird Fee Reservation Begins — Thursday, April 6, 2023
- Deadline for SLO Days Exemptions — Friday, June 30, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST)
- Regular Fee Reservation Begins — Friday, June 30, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST)
- First Year Students must register for their SLO Days and Transfer Students must resister for Transfer SLO Days by Tuesday, August 1, 2023
- Change of Date Requests — see below chart for change of date deadlines per session
- Week of Welcome (WOW) Exemption Requests — Thursday, August 31, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST)
- Deadline to Submit Refund Requests — Thursday, August 31, 2023 (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 wait list 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 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
|July 6-7, 2023
||June 30, 2023
|July 10-11, 2023
||July 5, 2023
|July 13-14, 2023
||July 7, 2023
|July 17-18, 2023
||July 12, 2023
|July 20-21, 2023
||July 15, 2023
|July 24-25, 2023
||July 19, 2023
|July 28-29, 2023
||July 23, 2023
|August 1-2, 2023
||July 27, 2023
|August 4-5, 2023
||July 30, 2023
|August 7-8, 2023 (virtual)
||August 2, 2023
|August 9, 2023 (Transfer Session)
||August 4, 2023
|August 10, 2023 (Transfer Session)
||August 5, 2023
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 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 June 30, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST). The regular fee will be applied after June 30, 2023 (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 Friday, June 30, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST) Exemption requests for Week of Welcome must be received by Thursday, August 31, 2023 (5:00 p.m.). Failure to submit requests prior to the allotted deadlines will result in an immediate denied request.
Documentation may be required as part of request, and it is not guaranteed an exemption.
Freshman Students: All first-time freshmen students are required to stay on campus in provided accommodations during the overnight portion of their SLO Days session. Students may request an exemption from the overnight component for the following reasons only:
- Live within or stay with family that lives in San Luis Obispo County
- 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 Friday, June 30, 2023 (5:00 p.m. PST). Transfer Students: Overnight accommodations are not included with the registration for both students and guests.
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. 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.
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 in-person events. Don't miss this opportunity to get acquainted with our campus resources!
Changes, Refund & Cancellation Policy
Recorded footage will be available shortly after our Virtual SLO Days sessions begin. Recorded sessions will only be accessible for students and supporters who registered and submitted payment.
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 processes immediately. Failure to submit immediate payment will result in the no change of date.
Refunds will be applied automatically to students who have been rescinded from the university for the academic year of 2022-2023. Students who have withdrawn their application from the university must complete the Orientation Request Form by August 31, 2023 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 participate in the recorded presentation. Recorded footage will be available shortly into SLO Days sessions, and "how to access" will be announced at out website and on our social media. Recorded sessions will only be accessible for students and supporters who registered and submitted payment.
Students attending Cal Poly in Fall 2023 cannot cancel their orientation registration.
To request a change in 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 February 28, 2020 - Updated February 7, 2023