Week of Welcome

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September 18-22nd 2024

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. 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!

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

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 by attending the Club Showcase
  • 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.

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 off-campus activities planned by your WOW leaders and meals that not included with Campus Dining meal plan during the week.

Note: Parents and supporters do not attend WOW.


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Learn more about Orientation and Cal Poly in the New Mustang Guide!

Find maps, a full schedule, and more in the New Mustang Guide on the Guidebook app, available for free on your smartphone. Download the Guidebook app today on the App Store or Google Play Store and search for “New Mustang Guide."


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