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Orientation Programs

New Students! Check out this site for information on how Cal Poly is planning to accommodate the biggest class yet!

Continuing Students! Apply to become an Orientation Leader today!

Orientation at Cal Poly is a process with several stages, each of which is vital to student success. You're a Mustang now; here is your path to success:

Poly Live

Poly Live is a live web show designed to give new students and their families a taste of campus life at Cal Poly. While it is hosted by two current students and featuring guests from many corners of the campus, you, the viewer, will direct the content of each episode with your questions and comments. A large archive of resources is also available on our website today!

Like us on Facebook and check out our YouTube Channel.

Show Dates:
Coming Soon!


Soar is a summer orientation program for all incoming students, parents and supporters. We have freshman sessions, a transfer session, and even an out of state and international session! In Soar, you will get prepared for being a Cal Poly student. Individuals that attend Soar will get information on various campus resources, will learn helpful tips to succeeding as a Cal Poly student, and will become better acquainted with Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo Community.

Reservations will be open mid-May. Sign up early to reserve your choice of session!

For more information, check out the Soar website.

Soar 2014 Session Dates are available!

Freshmen Students & Families:

July August
July 10 - 11, 2014 August 4 - 5, 2014
July 14 - 15, 2014 August 6 - 7, 2014
July 16 - 17, 2014
July 21 - 22, 2014
July 23 - 24, 2014
July 28 - 29, 2014
July 30 - 31, 2014

Transfer Students & Families:

August 11 - 12, 2014

National & International Students & Families:

September 15 - 16, 2014

Poly Learn

In early July, new freshmen can go online and complete a Poly Learn Course about their Fall 2013 Class Schedule. The course will assist students in reviewing information about classes for Fall Quarter. On August 7, once you have completed the Poly Learn Course, students can view their fall schedule.


Dates are coming soon!

Meet your new living community, talk with current students about issues Cal Poly students face, learn about your major and academic advising, get involved in clubs and organizations on campus, and make social connections that last years! WOW offers this and much more! Reservations will begin in May. For more information, check out the Week of Welcome website.

It is mandatory for all international students who are new to Cal Poly. More information can be found here.

Orientation Doesnt Stop Here

Advisors and support staff will help keep you on track year-round!


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Link to the Admissions Website for information on selection criteria, application deadlines, creating your VIP page and more!