Freshman Student Life Orientation Days

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2017 Schedule At-A-Glance

Day 1

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Students): Residence Hall Check-in at Poly Canyon Village

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: SLO Days Check-in and Morning Kick-Off at UU Plaza
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM: SLO Days Programming
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Students): Evening Entertainment and Organized Activities
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Supporters): "A Sip of SLO Days" at Myron's -  sponsored by Edna Valley Vineyard
10:00 PM -Midnight (Students): Group Conversations
Lunch and Dinner provided
Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM (Students): Residence Hall Check-out at Poly Canyon Village

8:15 AM - 11:45 AM (Students): SLO Days Programming
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Supporters): SLO Days Programming
11:45 AM - 4:00 PM: Department Office Hours (varies by department check schedule upon arrival for details)
Continental Breakfast provided (students only)

2017 Session Dates:

Sessions have limited capacity. Space is not guaranteed until registration and fee have been received. There is no wait list for closed/locked sessions.

Session Dates
July 17 and 18 Closed
July 20 and 21 Closed
July 22 and 23  Closed
July 25 and 26 Closed
July 27 and July 28 Closed
July 31 and August 1§Closed
August 2 and Closed
August 5 and 6 Closed
August 8 and 9Closed
August 10 and 11 Closed
August 14 (Transfer Students) Closed
September 9** Closed

Special Programs

Mustang Express

  • Hop on a New Student & Transition Programs bus in either the LA area or the Bay Area for a ride to Cal Poly’s campus and enjoy an additional pre-session night in the residence halls. Limited bus space, regular session registration still available. Additional rates apply. $325 for participants, cover 2-night on campus accommodations and transit to/from pick up location. Meals only provided during session. 

§TRIO Achievers session

  • If you are a student that has been accepted and is participating in the TRIO Achievers program, there will be a specialty advising session during this SLO Days session on Day 2 in the afternoon. If you are unable to make this SLO Days session and are participating in this program, please contact: Jeff Alexander, Director for TRIO-Student Support Service,  

Summer Institute (SI) & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

  • All EOP freshman students must sign up for the August 8-9 SLO Days session (SLO days programming will be included as part of SI on those days). EOP will be hosting a specific session for EOP students; we want to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions, contact

**September SLO Days

  • Can’t make any of our summer sessions due to extenuating circumstances? Attend September 9 prior to the Week of Welcome to ensure you have all necessary information and are prepared for the upcoming year. Space reserved only for students who cannot attend any other session.


2017 Student Registration Fees:

Freshman Students (with on-campus overnight accommodations): $190

Supporter (family member; no overnight accommodations): $145 each (2 maximum) 

Parent/Supporter Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations for parents and supporters is not included as part of the registration fee. For parents and supporters looking to stay on campus in Poly Canyon Village for an additional fee, visit Conference and Events Planning here. On campus overnight accommodations not available for supporters for September SLO Days.

Refund and Change of Date 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 canceled 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. 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 

To view all Orientation Policies, click here

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