Freshman SLO Days

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Your Roadmap to SLO Days

Wondering how to get started with SLO Days? Follow these steps to secure your spot and begin the first part of your Cal Poly journey!


Step 1: Accept Your Offer

Accept your Offer of Admission from Cal Poly through your Cal Poly Portal ( to secure your spot at Cal Poly and allow you to register for SLO Days.


Step 2: Pick a Date

Select the date that you want to attend SLO Days — note that if you are in a special program for SLO Days (like Mustang Express) that it may have specific dates on which it is offered. Once you've selected your date, register for SLO Days through your Cal Poly Portal.

You can view a list of all available SLO Days session dates here.


Step 3: Plan Your Schedule

Select the date that you want to attend SLO Days — note that if you are in a special program for SLO Days (like Mustang Express) that it may have specific dates on which it is offered.

You can view a SLO Days Schedule overview here.


Step 4: See What's Next

Now that you've registered for SLO Days and looked at your schedule, check out the next steps you should be taking before you join us for your SLO Days session in the summer, as well as driving directions and arrival information.

Learn more about your next steps here.


Step 5: Register for WOW

Don't forget to register for the second part of your orientation experience! WOW takes place right before the first week of school in September and builds on the connections you made and things you learned at SLO Days!

Learn more about WOW here.


2018 Session Dates: Sign Up Today

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 9 and 10
July 12 and 13
July 14 and 15
July 19 and 20
July 23 and July 24
July 26 and July 27
July 28 and July 29
August 18 (Quarter Plus Students Only)
September 15 (September SLO Days)**


2018 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)


Special Programs

Mustang Express, July 18-20

  • 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. 

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

  • In order to fulfill the SLO Days requirement, it is expected that EOP freshmen attend the July 26/27 SLO Days session. For EOP students who are participating in Summer Institute, your schedule for the day will be adjusted to attend SLO Days. For EOP students who are not participating in SLO Days, this will be an opportunity for you to connect with your EOP community prior to returning Fall Quarter.

    EOP students will only see this July 26/27 session when viewing their Orientation tab on their portal. If you are unable to attend this session, please email to explore options.

Quarter Plus

  • For Quarter Plus students beginning their time at Cal Poly early, there is an arranged orientation on August 18, 2018. This SLO Days orientation date is designed specifically for Quarter Plus students and supporters. Please log in to the Orientation system from your Cal Poly portal and complete the first sections until date selection. The orientation date for Quarter Plus students is hidden on the website to ensure only Quarter Plus students are granted this date. Please complete the Orientation Request Form informing the Orientation staff of your name and information and that you would like to be added to the August 18 date. Orientation staff will then add you to the August 18 date manually and inform you when you can log back in and complete the registration process.

    Questions regarding Quarter Plus can be directed to and questions regarding SLO Days and WOW can be directed to

**September SLO Days

  • Can’t make any of our summer sessions due to extenuating circumstances? Attend September 15 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.


2018 Student Registration Fees:

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

Supporter (family member; no overnight accommodations): $165 each (2 maximum) 

Transfer Students: $130

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.

To view all Orientation Policies, click here


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