Prepare for Your Session: July/August 2-Day Sessions

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Freshmen July/August Sessions

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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 2019! 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 7 freshmen 2-day SLO Days:

  • July 15 & 16
  • July 18 & 19
  • July 20 & 21
  • July 25 & 26
  • July 27 & 28
  • July 29 & 30
  • Aug 1 & 2

If you still need to register for SLO Days, you can do so through the "Orientation Events" tab on your Cal Poly Portal.

See below for more parking and arrival info

2019 Freshman 2-day Summer Schedule At-A-Glance 

(Q+, transfer, and September SLO Days schedules differ)

Note: For students only at sessions July 15 -August 2, overnight accommodations provided in yakʔitʸutʸu Residence Hall. Learn more about yakʔitʸutʸu  here.

Day 1

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (Students): Residence Hall & Session Check-in at yakʔitʸutʸu 

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (Students & Supporters): Morning Kick-Off at PAC Plaza
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Students & Supporters): SLO Days Programming
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Students): Evening Entertainment and Organized Activities
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Supporters): Supporter Social -  sponsored by Edna Valley Vineyard

Lunch and Dinner provided for registered students and supporters.

Overnight accommodations for students in yakʔitʸutʸu Residence Hall.

Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM (Students): Residence Hall Check-out at yakʔitʸutʸu

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Students): SLO Days Programming
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Supporters): SLO Days Programming
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Department Office Hours (varies by department check schedule upon arrival for details)
Continental Breakfast provided (students only)


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
  • Healthy Habits
  • Student Life Essentials
  • Paving Your Path
  • "Get Involved!" Breakout Session
  • Campus Resources Breakout Sessions
  • 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
  • Campus Resources Breakout Sessions
  • Supporter Q & A
  • 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 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

What to bring with you to SLO Days

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. 



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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