Prepare for Your Freshman Session: 2 Day Sessions

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Get Ready for Your SLO Days Session

Now that you are registered, it's time to get excited for SLO Days 2021! Here's everything that you need to be ready!

Session Dates

Get excited for SLO Days 2021! 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 two-day SLO Days sessions for freshmen.

Freshman Session Dates:

  • July 7 & 8 (virtual) 

  • July 9 & 10 (virtual)

  • July 12 & 13 (virtual)

  • July 15 & 16 (in-person)

  • July 19 & 20 (in-person)

  • July 22 & 23 (in-person)

  • July 27 & 28 (in-person)
  • July 30 & 31 (in-person)

  • Aug 3 & 4 (in-person)

  • Aug 6 & 7 (in-person)

  • Aug 9 & 10 (in-person)

All in-person sessions have limited capacity and space is not guaranteed until your submitted payment is received for your reservation. There is no wait list for these sessions once they reach maximum capacity.

Supporter Sessions:

  • July 15 -16 (in-person)
  • July 19-20 (in-person)
  • July 22-23 (in-person) 
  • July 27-28 (in-person)
  • July 30-31 (in-person) 
  • August 3-4 (in-person)
  • August 6-7 (in-person)
  • August 9-10 (in-person)



  • July 14 (virtual) 
  • August 11 (virtual)

Cal Poly Scholars and EOP Sessions:

Cal Poly Scholars

  • July 7 -8 (virtual)
  • July 9-10 (virtual)
  • July 12-13 (virtual) 
  • July 15-16 (in-person)
  • July 19-20 (in-person) 





  • July 30-31 (in-person) 

Details for parents and supporters registration will be available starting Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

At the time of registration, students will be able to sign up maximum of two supporters to attend SLO Days for an additional fee. 


This year’s programming will include separate tracks specifically created for students and their parents/supporters, and designed by current Cal Poly students and campus and community professionals. Here's a list of sessions planned for this year: 

Programming for Students:

  • Journey to Academic Success
  • Healthy Habits
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Paving Your Path
  • Mustangs for Inclusive Excellence 
  • 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
  • Paying for College (with Financial Aid and Student Accounts)
  • Responding to Sexual Violence in Our Community
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Office Hours with the VPSA


Parents and Supporters are Welcome

Friends, family, and supporters can join students via our supporter track. We provide programming geared toward supporting you and your student through their transition to Cal Poly.

Please visit the parent and supporter session page for more information.

Special Programs

Cal Poly Scholars

Learn more about Cal Poly Scholars here.

  • Students selected to join the Cal Poly Scholars program are expected to attend a designated breakout session during SLO Days that will provide a helpful overview of program expectations and benefits. 
  • If you have declined the award or have been rescinded from the Cal Poly Scholars Program, please log back into your orientation account to find any incurred fees. This information can be accessed through the "Orientation Events" tab in your MyCalPoly Portal. Please note, a new price for SLO Days will be reflected in your account. 
  • Please note: There is no application process for the Cal Poly Scholars program, and selection is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the time of acceptance to the university. Students unsure of their status in the Scholars program should check their email for an invitation to join the program or reach out to the program directly at

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. 



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 2019" guide - available May 2019 - and start planning ahead for your upcoming session.

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