Orientation Policies

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2018 Orientation Reservation Policies 

Refund Policy

Student Signup Fees – Students that are enrolled for Fall quarter must attend both SLO Days and Week of Welcome. No student will be given a refund for SLO Days or WOW unless they are rescinded from the university. To submit a refund request, please follow this link.

Supporter Signup Fees – Supporters will be granted refund requests up to the official close date of the session. All refund requests be submitted no later than seven calendar days prior to the purchased session date. Once the close date has come no refunds will be granted. 

Refund cost: NSTP will hold on to $25/individual refunded as a fee for the refund. 

Change of Date 

Students can change their date to another open date for a fee if approved. To submit a change request, please follow this link.

Fee: $40/reservation 

SLO Days Overnight Exception 

Freshman Students: All incoming freshman students are required to stay overnight (between day 1 and day 2) of their SLO Days session. Students that are looking for an overnight exception must meet one of these reasons: 

  • Live within or staying with family that lives within 30 miles of Cal Poly 
  • Medical or other extenuating circumstances 

Reasons not accepted: 

  • Parents/supporters have hotel in town 
  • Don’t want to stay on campus

No overnight exceptions will be given if the official close date has passed for the session.

SLO Days/WOW Exceptions

Freshman: All traditional freshman students are required to attend both SLO Days and WOW.

Transfer: All traditional transfer students are required to attend Registration Day SLO Days as well as WOW. If they are unable to attend Registration Day they must apply for an exception via this link. Additional info will be needed to justify exception from Registration Day. Students that receive an exception will be contacted by their college as class registration approaches for more information on policies and procedure.

Non-Traditional Students: Students that do not fall in the typical perceived age of a Cal Poly students or those that have circumstances that greatly distinguish them from their peers may be consider a non-traditional student. These students may receive exceptions to our traditional programming based on their circumstances.

To submit an exception request, please follow this link.


All students must sign up for SLO Days and Week of Welcome on or before May 15. Any students not securing a spot for SLO Days or WOW will be assessed a fee to their registration.

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