Next Steps

Welcome to Cal Poly! - Next Steps

Welcome, Mustangs!

Your Next Steps

Congratulations! We're excited to welcome you as your begin your Cal Poly journey.  Here are some next steps to take care of in anticipation of fall.  We can't wait to welcome you to campus. But before you officially move in, there's a few things to take care of. Be sure to complete all required steps by Tuesday, May 7 to be ready for fall '19:


Secure Housing

Apply early for the best chance at getting one of your preferred housing options.

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Reserve your SLO Days Session

Mandatory for all students

Part one of your Cal Poly orientation - kick off your Mustang career, explore campus, and prepare for fall in your two-day, overnight session

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Sign up for WOW

Mandatory for all students

Part two of orientation begins at move-in. The nationally acclaimed program loops you into campus culture and helps you meet (literally) hundreds of new people.

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Questions? We're happy to help you in your next steps as a new Mustang. Contact New Student & Transition Programs or University Housing at:

  • University Housing:, 805-756-1226
  • New Student & Transition Programs: 805-756-2400

Your Road Map to Cal Poly

Congratulations on your admission to Cal Poly! We're so excited to have you join us in the fall to begin your Mustang journey. Below are some next steps for you to follow to get started on your way to Cal Poly and ensure you have a successful transition to college life.


If you still have questions after reading through this roadmap, please feel free to reach out to us and we'll do our best to help you. Let's jump in to your Road Map to Cal Poly!

Step 1:  Secure Housing 

First step, secure housing. You'll find the housing application on your Cal Poly Portal. It shows ups one to two business days after you accept the offer of admission. Go to the "University Housing" link on the Main Tab to get started.


If you are a first-year student, you will apply to live in a Residential Learning Community (RLC), not a specific building. RLCs are the academic, interest and cultural-based programs within each building that ease the transition, help you make friends and support your success.  All first-year students live in residence halls.


Transfer students live in campus apartments with other new transfer students.


Be sure to secure housing as soon as you choose to attend Cal Poly. Your placement in a residence hall RLC or campus apartment is based on the date you secure housing, demand and availability.


Learn more on the first-year and transfer student housing webpages, or reach out to University Housing directly at 805-756-1226


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Step 2: Register For SLO Days

The second step on your Road Map to Cal Poly is to sign up for the first part of our two-part new student orientation program, SLO Days. SLO Days consists of a series of two-day, overnight sessions during the month of July (students only need to attend one session) that are designed to get students acquainted with the campus, educate them about its resources, and give them an opportunity to meet students in their major.


You can sign up for SLO Days through your Cal Poly Portal under the Orientation tab. Be sure to sign up for a session date that works for you (and, if your parents and supporters would like to attend, be sure to sign them up for your same session as well!) Be sure to sign up by May 15! To learn more about what SLO Days offers, take a look at our SLO Days page below.


Learn more about SLO Days for freshmen

Learn more about SLO Days for transfers


Or, contact us directly at 805-756-2400 or

Step 3: Register for WOW

The third step on your Road Map to Cal Poly is to sign up for the second part of our two-part new student orientation program, WOW. WOW is a week-long orientation program where students are immersed into the Cal Poly experience and San Luis Obispo community. Learn more about important awareness topics (like Alcohol and Drugs and Sexual Assault), meet students in and out of your major, and explore the campus and surrounding area with your WOW Group. Play games, make friends, and start your Cal Poly journey off right!


You can sign up for WOW through your Cal Poly Portal under the Orientation tab. Be sure to sign up by May 15! To learn more about what WOW offers, take a look at our WOW page below.


Learn more about WOW

Or, contact us directly at 805-756-2400 or

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