Week of Welcome

Welcoming new students at Grand Avenue WelcomeWeek of Welcome

September 15th-19th 2021

WOW is the official beginning of your experience as a Cal Poly Mustang, when all new students join together in the days leading up to the fall quarter. Although local, state, and University guidelines require a modified format for 2021, Week of Welcome will continue to provide opportunities for friendships, connection to Cal Poly and the SLO community, and an exciting start to your Cal Poly story!

In response to COVID-19 regulations, Cal Poly Campus Operations released protocols for Campus Events to the campus community.

Week of Welcome programming encompasses key programs, key connections, and key resources - all of which new students will engage with during WOW this year! Community-building and engagement activities will take place throughout the week to connect new mustangs to their campus and the city of San Luis Obispo.

Week of Welcome Dates: What to Expect

WOW is a dynamic collection of activities, events, and programs to engage new students with campus life, resources, and tons of other Cal Poly Mustangs! During WOW new students will...

  • Be introduced to tons of other new and current Mustangs and form new friendships
  • Connect with other Mustangs through community-building activities, intentional conversations, and a wide variety of interactive events
  • Participate in a variety of fun and exciting activities 
  • Discover how to get connected and involved at Cal Poly
  • Get the scoop on how to navigate the college experience 
  • Hear tips from Advisors on how to succeed academically at Cal Poly

WOW groups are led by two Orientation Leaders that are current Cal Poly students who will guide you through WOW and help connect you to the Cal Poly community. 

Your WOW group will meet regularly throughout WOW. Each day there will be check-in with your WOW group, socials and activities, required presentations and programs, community building, and ample break time. Your specific group schedule will be shared by your Orientation Leaders in your first small group meeting.

We know that WOW this year is different than our traditional programming but we are confident that it will be worth your time and will help you be successful here at Cal Poly. Because things might be different than you expected, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions sections below that you might be wondering about. 

WOW 2021 New First Year Student Schedule

DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Wednesday, September 15, 2021      
  8:00 AM - 8:00 PM WOW Check-In for All Students University Union Plaza
  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Meet Your WOW Group! Lower Sports Complex & Dexter Lawn
  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Meal Various Locations
  8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Big Fall Welcome Spanos Stadium
  9:00 PM - 12:00 PM Group Activities Various Locations
Thursday, September 16, 2021      
  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM; 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM; 2:00 - 3:00 PM; 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Know Your Limits - Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Multi-Activity Center or Performing Arts Center
  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM; 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM; 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM; 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM; 4:00 - 5:00 PM Building Bridges - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Awareness Rec Center Main Gym
  9:00 AM - 9:00 PM  Sex.E Show - Sexual Misconduct Performing Arts Center
  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Awareness Gallery University Art Gallery/ Simpson Strong Tie
  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Community Service Opportunities Outside Bldg 52
Friday, September 17, 2021      
  9:00 AM - 10:15 AM College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences First Year Advising Rec Center
  9:00 AM - 10:15 AM College of Architecture and Environmental Design First Year Advising Spanos Theatre
  9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Orfalea College of Business First Year Advising Multi Activity Center
  10:45 AM - 12:00 PM College of Engineering First Year Advising Rec Center
  10:45 AM - 12:00 PM College Science and Mathematics First Year Advising  Spanos Theatre
  10:45 AM - 12:00 PM College of Liberal Arts First Year Advising Multi Activity Center
  9:00 AM - 10:15 AM; 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Classroom Tours Various Locations 
  9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Transfer Career Advising Performing Arts Center
  10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Transfer Center & Office of Writing & Learning Initiatives Performing Arts Center
  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Transfer Advising Varies by College
  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM College Connections Academic Day Varies by College
  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM; 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Know Your Limits — Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Multi-Activity Center or Performing Arts Center
  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM; 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Building Bridges — Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awareness Rec Center Main Gym
  5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Sex.E Show — Sexual Misconduct Performing Arts Center
  9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Awareness Gallery University Art Gallery/ Simpson Strong Tie
  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Community Service Opportunities Outside Bldg 52
Saturday, September 18, 2021      
  9:00 AM - 9:45 AM; 9:00 PM - 9:45 PM Sex.E Show - Sexual Misconduct Awareness Performing Arts Center, Miossi Hall
  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Know Your Limits - Alcohol & Other Drugs Awareness Performing Arts Center, Miossi Hall
  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Community Service Opportunities Outside Bldg 52
  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Club Showcase TBD
  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Cal Poly vs. South Dakota Football Spanos Stadium
  8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ASI Concert University Union Plaza
Sunday, September 18, 2021      
  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM WOW Closings Performing Arts Center or Rec Center

WOW Fees

The WOW fee for all new students (Transfer and First Year) covers the access to workshops and presentations, materials, schedule, and program staffing. WOW activities include, but are not limited to Awareness Programming, Big Fall Welcome, Club Showcase, A concert with ASI Events and WOW Closing. Plus, New Mustang Gear (SWAG), meals (on campus) throughout WOW events, and access to the New Transfer Transition Toolkit platform. Students in the small group experience are encouraged to bring with them a minimum of $25 cash for extracurricular activities and snacks or meals that not included with Campus Dining meal plan.

Note: Parents and supporters do not attend 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 SLO Days and WOW

Once you've selected your 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. WOW will be taking place September 15th-19th
  2. Check your Cal Poly email for important updates and information.

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