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

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)

Both in-person and virtual 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. At the time of registration, students will be able to sign up a maximum of two supporters to attend SLO Days for an additional fee. 

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. 

SLO Days Sessions: How to Prepare 

What to Bring for Students

Check-in for students overnight stay in yakʔitʸutʸu Residence Halls begins at 7:30 a.m. Don't forget to pack the following for your stay: 

  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow (Linens may also be used for a Twin XL bed) 
  • Clothing & Toiletries (Towel and Shower Shoes too!)  
  • Phone Charger/Additional Device to take notes (Pen and Paper work too!) 
  • Reusable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, comfortable walking shoes and a jacket for the evening. 
  • There are certain settings where everyone must continue to wear a face covering. Please come prepared with a facemask to SLO Days. Visit the Stay Healthy page for details. 

Arriving on Campus

  • Directions to Campus can be found here along with a Campus Map!  
  • Students and Supporters can park in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure - Visitor Parking 131. Please refer to your reminder e-mail to obtain your virtual parking pass. You will need to know your license plate number to obtain the virtual pass. 

Programming for Students

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
  • Mental Health
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Paving Your Path
  • Mustangs for Inclusive Excellence 
  • One Community 
  • Time with your SLO Days Summer Crew Leader & group
  • Now You're a Mustang!

Student Schedule Day 1 Overview

Time Event Location
7:30am-9:10am SLO Days Check-In yakʔitʸutʸu
7:30am-9:10am Morning Meet-Up Performing Arts Center
9:10am-9:55am SLO Days Opening: The Land We Learn On Performing Arts Center/Miossi Hall
10:10am-10:55am Journey to Academic Success Multi-Activity Center
10:55am-11:15am Meet your SLO Days Group Mustang Way
11:15am-11:50am Mental Health Multi-Activity Center
11:50am-12:10pm Mental Health Processing in SLO Days Groups Multi-Activity Center
12:10pm-12:45pm Lunch Mustang Way/Mott Lawn
12:55pm-1:40pm Student Life Essentials Spanos
1:40pm-2:45pm Mustangs for Inclusive Excellence Spanos
2:45pm-3:15pm Mustang Conversations in SLO Days Groups Various Locations
3:25pm-3:55pm Breakout Sessions 1 Various Locations
4:05pm-4:35pm Breakout Sessions 2 Various Locations
4:45pm-5:15pm Activities with your SLO Days Group Various Locations
5:25pm-6:05pm Dinner Mustang Way/Mott Lawn
6:15pm-7:45pm Leader Guided Campus Tour Various Locations
8:00pm-10:00pm SLO Nites

University Union Plaza/yakʔitʸutʸu

10:00pm-11:30pm Movie Night


Student Schedule Day 2 Overview

Time Event Location
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast and Grouping University Union Plaza
8:40am-9:25am One Community Spanos
9:35am-11:45am Your Advising Toolkit & Paving Your Path Various Locations/Spanos
11:45am-12:10pm Student Group Closing Outdoor Locations
12:10pm-12:40pm Now You're a Mustang! Performing Arts Center 
12:40pm-3:00pm Luggage Return yakʔitʸutʸu
1:00pm-3:00pm Resource Fair Mustang Way

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. 



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