Orientation Overview

Welcome to Cal Poly Orientation!

What is Orientation at Cal Poly?

Cal Poly Orientation is a tradition that has helped welcome new Mustangs to campus, connect students, parents and supporters and community members to Cal Poly, and build life-long relationships for over 60 years. Recognized as one of the nation's best new student orientation programs, Cal Poly Orientation is the first step of every new student's Mustang journey that sets them up for academic, social and career success both during their time at Cal Poly and beyond.

Our Three Programs

Orientation at Cal Poly is made up of three major programs, each responsible for different events throughout the year. Select a program below to learn more.

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Open House

SLO Days

Week of Welcome

Connect with the Cal Poly campus, current students and supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community in a weekend-long celebration of all Cal Poly and SLO do.

Get a taste of everything that our campus and a Cal Poly education have to offer in a two-day, overnight orientation designed to get you ready for WOW in September!

Week of Welcome kicks off each school year with a full week of fun activities, relationship building and engaging presentations to get you ready to start your Cal Poly journey.

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More About Us

If you'd like to learn more about the people behind our Program, our Learning Outcomes, or ways to get involved yourself, take a look at the other pages of our site, or read through the below to learn more.

Learning Outcomes

Professional Staff

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Link to the Admissions Website for information on selection criteria, application deadlines, the Cal Poly Experience and more!

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For Supporters

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Providing support, resources and exciting programming for the proud parents, family members and supporters of Cal Poly students.

Parents & Family Programs


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Support our programs and have your business be a part of Orientation!

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