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Major WOW Events

Check out our Schedule-at-a-Glance!

Big Fall Welcome at the first day of WOW


Friday & Saturday, September 11-12

Move-in & Check-in

On Campus Students: Once you arrive on campus and have moved-in, head to your residence hall at your assigned time (available August 2020) to check-in. Your will check-in for WOW at the time of move-in.

Off Campus students: Check-in for WOW is all day September 12 in the UU Plaza. It’s important all students check-in to receive your WOWie wristband and information to necessary to participate in WOW.


Second day of WOW


Sunday, September 13

Meet Your Group - WOW Grouping

Get excited for your WOW Group! Your WOW Group is who you'll travel throughout the entire with. After you move in and check in for WOW Friday or Saturday, this Sunday you will head to the lower sports complex at your grouping time (based on group number) to find your WOW Leaders!

All student must check- in prior to meeting their group in order to participate. WOW groups form the morning of Sunday, Sept 13. You will receive an email from orientation@calpoly.edu with your WOW Group number and time. Students must be wearing their WOWie wristband (received at WOW check-in) before they meet their group.

On Sunday, make sure to wear your green "Mustang Way" shirt you receive at WOW check-in to grouping and Big Fall Welcome.


Big Fall Welcome

Come help us kick off the Week of Welcome (WOW) festivities with a spirited Mustang welcome in Alex G. Spanos Memorial Stadium! Learn more about Big Fall Welcome below.

Second day of WOW


Monday, September 14

Academic Day: College Connections

Get your Cal Poly journey started off on the right foot - learn about how to succeed in your classes, meet all of the other students and faculty in your major, and get all of your questions answered!

Tuesday and Wednesday of WOW


Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 and 16

WOW Programming, Events & Entertainment

Take part in a wide variety of different activities both on and off campus planned by your WOW Leaders! This could be everything from a movie night to kayaking, a magic show, a day at the beach and everything in between!

Thursday of WOW


Thursday, September 17

First Day of Fall Quarter Classes

Get your first taste of what college courses are really like with your first day of Fall Quarter classes! Enjoy a day off from WOW Programming and explore all your college has to offer!

Friday of WOW


Friday, September 18

Evening Regrouping of WOW Groups/Programming Resumes

Get back together with your WOW Group for a night of WOW Programming and activities and to kick back into the swing of things for another day of WOW Programming and Events on Saturday!

Saturday of WOW


Saturday, September 19

WOW Programming, Events & Entertainment

Enjoy one more full day of WOW Programming and Events planned by your WOW Leaders before WOW closing on Sunday - look forward to continuing to build connections and explore the community!

The last day of WOW


Sunday, September 20

WOW Closing and Campus-Wide Showcase

Round out your WOW experience with a recap of everything you've done the past week and a few more morning events with your group. Then, explore hundreds of clubs and student organizations to get involved with in a campus-wide showcase!



Major WOW Events

Inside one of the exhibits at the Awareness Gallery


Walk through an interactive and engaging gallery focused on the transition to Cal Poly and the college experience. Incoming students and community members will have the opportunity to experience programming regarding topics such as alcohol, sexual assault, stress and mental health, and many others. The gallery works to lessen stigma, provide resources, and most importantly provide a feeling of reassurance to incoming students that they are a part of the Mustang family and will not be alone through anything they may face in the coming years.

Smile and Nod presenting during the Expect Respect presentation


Awareness Series

The Sex.E Show (Sexual Misconduct)

Students will experience programming focused on Sexual Misconduct culture on college campuses through skits performed live by Smile & Nod. With specific focus on consent, resource information, and being an active bystander, this interactive experience will empower Mustangs to address and have conversations regarding sexual assault.

Know Your Limits (Alcohol & Drugs)

This presentation will address the potential dangers involved in substance use and abuse particularly for incoming college students. They will receive information regarding the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain and the body. Also, with emotionally impactful programming such as Aware Awake Alive, students will understand potential consequences of alcohol use and the importance of looking out for themselves and their fellow Mustangs.

Building Bridges (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

This presentation will address the diversity, equity & inclusion, as well as Cal Poly's campus culture. Join Dr. Jamie Patton - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion - to explore your personal identities to learn how you can contribute to a positive culture on our campus.

Musty the Mustang making a WOW face at Big Fall Welcome


Big Fall Welcome

Come help us kick off the Week of Welcome (WOW) festivities with a spirited Mustang welcome from President Armstrong, ASI President Mark Borges, and the Ripples Guy Paul Wesselmann. Alex G. Spanos Memorial Stadium will be filled with orientation leaders, resident advisors, Cal Poly athletes, and many other Cal Poly Mustangs.  Both students and supporters are encouraged to attend and help us start fall quarter.

Breakout Sessions

There are eighteen different breakout sessions that students choose from on Wednesday, September 16. These sessions are done by different on-campus entities that illustrates different ways students can get involved on campus along with developing an understanding of what resources are available to them. Students will be allowed to pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend depending on the sessions that sound interesting to them.

Students interacting with booths at the Resource Fair


Resource Fair

The Resource Fair is an opportunity for students to learn about on- and off-campus resources and the services they provide. It is different from the Club Showcase which is an opportunity for students to learn how to get involved on campus.

UU Unwind

Join your fellow new students for a chill night in the University Union! The bowling alley & craft center will be open, movies will be playing, there will be a DJ, and assorted other ice breakers and games throughout the UU.

Students watching a breakdancer at WOW-A-RAMA



WOW-A-RAMA is a fun and exciting way to meet and interact with new students. Engage in ice breakers and activities geared towards helping new students make connections as they begin their time at Cal Poly.






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