Prepare for Your Session: September SLO Days

SLO Days Staff running check-in for new students

September SLO Days: September 11 & 12, 2020

Get Ready for Your SLO Days Session

Schedule At-a-Glance

What's Included

Arrival Information & Parking

What to Bring

Stay Connected

Get Ready for Your SLO Days Session

Get excited for SLO Days 2020! Below we've put together everything you need to know to make your SLO Days experience the best it can be! Remember to pack what you need, know how to get here, and to check in with us once you arrive.

All information on this page pertains to the September SLO Days session on September 11 & 12.

Register for SLO Days and the Week of Welcome through the "Orientation Events" tab on your Cal Poly Portal.

SLO Days is for Supporters too!

Friends, family, and supporters can join students at SLO Days via our Supporter track. We provide programming geared towards supporting your student through their transition to Cal Poly and navigating the transition for you as well.

When your student registers for SLO Days, they can add up to two supporters to join them. Note: Overnight accommodations are not provided as part of registration. For information on campus accommodations, check the Parents & Supporters tab!

Optional Add-Ons:

Additional meals: Have a sibling or other relative beyond your two supporters? Grab an extra meal ticket for them so they can join you for lunch! You will need to purchase both a lunch and dinner ticket if you would like them to join for both meals. Additional meal tickets for lunch are $20 and dinner are $25. Meal tickets only need to be purchased for guests not registered for SLO Days such as a younger sibling. 

Please note: These tickets are only for young siblings or relatives outside of your immediate two supporters. If you have not registered your supporters under the "guest" section you will need to do that first.

T-shirts: If you would like to represent Mustang Nation prior to attending Orientation. This merchandise is available online only and will not be sold onsite.

Please note: All new students will receive a green Mustang Way shirt at check-in for the Week of Welcome program. That shirt will be a different shirt than the one for sale here.

Schedule At-A-Glance 

Day 1 

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Residence Hall Check-in (at your assigned residence hall)

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (Students & Supporters):  Session Check-in at University Union Plaza
2 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Students & Supporters): SLO Days Programming
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Students): Evening Entertainment and Organized Activities

Dinner provided for registered students and supporters.


Day 2 

7:45 a.m. - 8:05 a.m. (Students): Day 2 Check-in at University Union Plaza

8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Students& Supporters): SLO Days Programming
Continental Breakfast provided (students only), lunch provided (students and supporters)

What's Included

For students and supporters attending SLO Days, here's what's included and what to expect. 

Included in Your SLO Days Registration

  • On campus parking pass (emailed to the registered student 2 days before your session)
  • Cal Poly drawstring backpack (students)
  • Cal Poly reusable shopping bag (supporters)
  • Orientation folder, programming materials
  • Promotional materials and coupons from our sponsors and community partners
  • Meals during programming (see below)
  • "Mustang Way" T-shirt - picked up at Week of Welcome check-in

SLO Days Programming

SLO Days programming is designed for students and supporters by current Cal Poly students and campus & community professionals. 

Programming for Students:

  • Journey to Academic Success
  • Healthy Habits
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Paving Your Path
  • "Get Involved!" Breakout Session
  • Mustangs for Inclusive Excellence 
  • SLO Nites @ the UU and Summer Movie Night evening entertainment 
  • Campus Resources Fair
  • One Community 
  • Navigating your Cal Poly Portal
  • Time with your SLO Days Summer Crew Leader & group

Programming for Supporters:

  • Transitions & You
  • One Community
  • "Student's Drink, but Not My Student"
  • Journey to Academic Success
  • Supporter Social evening entertainment 
  • Paying for College (with Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
  • Crisis Response & Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Office Hours with the VPSA

SLO Days Meals

All registered students and supporters will receive:

  • Day 1 catered dinner
  • Day 2 catered lunch
  • Students only: Day 2 continental breakfast

Please indicate any dietary needs or concerns during your orientation registration or email

Additional catered meals for guests outside of the registered supporters are available for purchase.

Arrival Information & Parking

Parking permits are not required for September 12-13. Please follow signage to designated parking on the day of your arrival. The long-term parking location for Move-In is your designated parking location for SLO Days as well.

What to Bring

To Your Session:

  • Laptop/tablet with charger (Day 2 only)
  • Government issued photo ID
  • Cal Poly user name and password
  • Comfortable walking shoes, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • When it becomes available mid-July, make sure to release your directory information to Associated Students, Inc. through the Cal Poly portal, under the Personal Info tab, under the Personal Settings so that you may participate in ASI activities and use ASI managed facilities.

Stay Connected

Keep checking your Cal Poly email for important updates and information in the days and weeks leading up to your session. 

Connect with us on social media @CPorientation and share with us your #CPBound stories. 

Download the app!

Your SLO Days schedule, arrival information, to-do lists - and more - all at your finger tips in the brand new "Cal Poly Now" mobile app, the official app of Cal Poly Student Affairs.

Download it now and search for the "Orientation 2020" guide - available May 2020 - and start planning ahead for your upcoming session.

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