Week of Welcome

Welcoming new students at Grand Avenue WelcomeGet Ready for WOW!

Get excited for Week of Welcome 2020 — join the newest class of Mustangs at our nationally-acclaimed Week of Welcome!

This year, we are planning to host WOW as a hybrid engagement experience with some in-person and some virtual components. Those who wish to participate in a solely virtual manner will have the option to do so.  

The university will continue to monitor public health conditions and consult with public health officials to determine how WOW will proceed, and we will continue to provide updates. In the meantime, we encourage you to register for WOW and SLO Days today by accessing the "Orientation Events" tab in your MyCalPoly Portal

Be sure to check here often for updates.

WOW is a week-long program that will help new students familiarize themselves with our campus culture and expansive resources, introduce you to (literally) hundreds of new people, and guide you through your first week of classes. Be part of a 60-plus-year old Cal Poly tradition. You won't want to miss WOW 2020!

Watch highlights from past WOW experiences.

What's Next - Your Roadmap to WOW


Your Roadmap to WOW

Wondering how to get started with WOW? Follow these steps to begin your Mustang 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 Virtual SLO Days and the Week of Welcome (WOW). 

Step 2: Register for Virtual SLO Days and WOW

Once you've selected your Virtual SLO Days date, register through your Cal Poly Portal under the "Orientation Events" tab. 

  • Click here to view our Orientation Registration Guidelines.
  • Are you interested in participating in Week of Welcome's Cross Cultural Experience? Sign up when you register for WOW!

    • This Week of Welcome option seeks to form a community for students who identify as a member of an underrepresented group including, but not limited to: various racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and economic class.
    • CCE includes alternative experiences for WOWies such as: fun activities, workshops, discussions, and a multicultural resource fair that centers the voices of underrepresented students at Cal Poly and ensures that as a CCE participant you are connecting to resources and communities that will help you be a successful Mustang! 

Step 3: Prepare for WOW 

  1. Download the Cal Poly Now Application today. The "Orientation 2020" guide will be available in July containing the event schedule and lots of helpful information. 
  2. Check your Cal Poly email for important updates and information.



Download Cal Poly Now

Your Week of Welcome 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 2020" guide - available May 2020 - and start planning ahead for your upcoming session.

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