Orientation Policies

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2018 Orientation Reservation Policies 

UPDATE - effective June 20, 2018, we are no longer accepting change of date requests for SLO Days sessions. Requests received before 6/20/18 will be processed. 

Refund Policy

No student will be granted a refund for SLO Days or WOW unless their admissions is rescinded from the university.

No refunds for parents and supporters as of June 20. Requests received prior to June 20 will be processed.

All merchandise and extra meals purchased during registration is non-refundable.

Change of Date 

Students can change their date to another open date for a fee if approved. As of June 20, change of dated will only be reviewed for requests to change into September 15 session or Quarter Plus session.

 To submit a change request, please follow this link.

Fee: $40/reservation 

SLO Days Overnight Exemption 

Freshman Students: All incoming freshman students are required to stay overnight (between day 1 and day 2) of their SLO Days session. The cost of SLO Days remains the same even if a student is granted an overnight exemption. Students that are looking for an overnight exception must meet one of these reasons:

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

Reasons not accepted:

  1. Parents/supporters have hotel in town
  2. Don’t want to stay on campus

No overnight exceptions will be given passed the deadline to register for SLO Days: May 15, 2018.

SLO Days/WOW Exemptions

To view our full Exemption Policy for SLO Days and WOW, please click here.

To submit an exemption 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. Note that all exemption requests must be filed by June 20, 2018.


Updated 6/22/18

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