Prepare for Your session: Quarter Plus

SLO Days Students talking with their Leader

Students enrolled in the Quarter Plus program are able to attend any of the available SLO Days sessions in July & August. Out of State students have the option to attend the September SLO Days session on September 11 - 12. 

Please note that orientation (SLO Days & Week of Welcome) are separate from the quarter plus program, and attendance at both SLO Days & WeEK of welcome are mandatory for all incoming students.

Freshmen July/August Sessions

Looking for a SLO Days Schedule? Click here to view now.

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 following freshmen 2-day SLO Days:

  • July 9 & 10
  • July 13 & 14
  • July 16 & 17
  • July 18 & 19
  • July 21 & 22
  • July 24 & 25
  • July 27 & 28
  • July 30 & 31
  • Aug 3 & 4

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.

We strongly encourage you to attend SLO Days alongside your student this summer! When your student registers for SLO Days, they can add up to two supporters to join them. 

Parent/Supporter Overnight Accommodations are not provided as part of registration. For information on area and campus accommodations, click the Parents & Supporters tab.

Optional Additions:

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.

See below for more parking and arrival info

SLO Days Schedule At-A-Glance for Freshmen

Note: For students only at sessions July 13 -August 4, overnight accommodations provided in yakʔitʸutʸu Residence Hall. Learn more about yakʔitʸutʸu  here.

Day 1

7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. (Students & Supporters): Check-in at yakʔitʸutʸu & Morning Kick-Off at the Performing Arts Center Plaza

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Students & Supporters): SLO Days Programming
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Supporters): Supporter Social
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Students): Evening Entertainment and Organized Activities

Lunch and Dinner provided for registered students and supporters.

Overnight accommodations for students in yakʔitʸutʸu Residence Hall.




Day 2

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. (Students): Residence Hall Check-out at yakʔitʸutʸu

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Students): SLO Days Programming
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Supporters): SLO Days Programming
12:30 p.m.  - 3 p.m. (Students & Supporters): Department Office Hours (varies by department check schedule upon arrival for details)

Continental Breakfast provided (students only)
SLO Days in-session Lunch provided for registered students and supporters. 


What's Included

Fro students and supporters attending SLO Days, here's what's included and what to expect. For session registration rates, go to Session Dates & Info: Freshmen Students.

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
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Healthy Habits
  • Paving Your Path
  • Inside the Mind
  • Campus Resources Breakout Sessions
  • Student Q&A Panel
  • Mustangs for Inclusive Excellence
  • One Community
  • Mustang Resources Tour
  • Your Advising Toolkit
  • Time with your SLO Days Summer Crew Leader & group

Programming for Supporters:

  • Transitions & You
  • Journey to Academic Success
  • "Student's Drink, but Not My Student"
  • One Community
  • Campus Resources Breakout Sessions
  • Supporter Q & A
  • Supporter Social 
  • Discovering San Luis Obispo
  • 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 lunch
  • Day 1 catered dinner
  • Supporters only: Day 1 light evening refreshments and wine tasting at Supporter Social
  • Students only: Day 2 continental breakfast

For any dietary needs or concerns, please enter at time of your orientation registration or email 

Additional catered meals for guests outside of the registered supporters are available for purchase. Click here for more info on additional options and meal tickets.

Arrival Information & Parking


Getting To Campus & Parking

Parking passes are included as part of your SLO Days Registration. Registered students will download their parking pass online in advance of their session, using a code sent in their Cal Poly emails 2 days prior to their registered session. 


When arriving to campus, enter on Grand Avenue. From there, follow Orientation/SLO Days signage and Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) direction on where to park. All SLO Days guests attending summer sessions will park in Visitor Parking - Structure 131

Please reference the TAPS website for all road closures and parking impacts.

For driving directions, click here


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.

To the Residence Halls:

Freshmen staying overnight provided twin XL mattress and access to in community bathroom and private showers

  • Overnight basic toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.).
  • Pillow, sleeping bag or sheets for twin XL mattress
  • Towel 
  • Re-useable water bottle
  • Change of clothes for Day 2
  • Jacket/Sweatshirt for evening
  • Sunscreen
  • Phone charger
  • Snacks
  • Shower Shoes
  • Any necessary medication

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 #CalPolyBound stories. 


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