Parent and Supporter Events

Throughout the year, Parent and Family Programs hosts several events that connect families and supporters to Cal Poly. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us on the following dates. We look forward to seeing you!

SLO Discovery Weekend

Winter 2020 Dates TBD

SLO Discovery Weekend offers special events and excursions to experience San Luis Obispo (SLO) both on and off campus.

Registration includes access to unique city tours, a campus athletic event (including pre-game tent access), family fun campus activities and more! Registrants staying in SLO hotels will also receive exclusive local deals and a swag bag full of Cal Poly and SLO goodies.

Open House

April 16 - 18, 2020

Open House is an annual event that showcases Cal Poly's campus to new students, their families, and the community while offering a glimpse into life as a Mustang. During your visit, be sure to stop by one of our parent and supporter events to learn about Cal Poly firsthand from our knowledgeable staff and Parent Advisory Council.

Resource Fair

This event showcases a large variety of resources on campus that will be relevant to incoming students and their supporters. Each resource will display what they do, how they do it, and why they are an important source for Cal Poly students. Furthermore, resources will set up booths, provide information, and answer questions for parents and supporters.

Out-of-State Parent Reception

A reception for parents and supporters of newly admitted students from around the nation and world. Get specific information on how to supporter your student from far away. We encourage those that attend this reception to check out the Coffee House as well! 

Parent and Supporter Coffee House

Meet our staff and members of the Parent Advisory Council to discuss parent-to-parent tips and perspectives on ways to support student success.

Morning Cup with the President

A fun and unique opportunity to meet President Jeffrey D. Armstrong, learn about Cal Poly and get your questions answered. Arriving early for this event with all also ensure the best seats and vantage point for the Poly Royal Parade! 

Campus Showcase Booth

Stop by our booth on Dexter Lawn to ask questions and get information about being a supporter of your new Mustang.

Visit the Open House website to learn more!


Mustang Move-In Events

September 202 Dates TBD

Mustang Move-In is a family experience! Begin your weekend by getting your Mustang settled in their room, meeting new roommates and exploring campus. Before your student meets their Week of Welcome (WOW) group, we invite you to join us at the following events.

Gathering on the Green

Out-of-state parents, supporters and students are invited to celebrate and relax after move-in. This reception is a great opportunity for families from outside of California to meet and mingle, make connections and share tips on how to best support new students who are far from home. Light refreshments will be provided.

Evening with the President

Parents and supporters are invited to enjoy a reception with fellow incoming Mustang families to connect with President Armstrong and celebrate the beginning of your student’s Cal Poly journey. Light refreshments will be provided.

Following the reception, join the campus community to help welcome new students at Big Fall Welcome in Spanos Stadium. With your student already in their WOW group, you'll have the unique opportunity to witness the spirited start of fall quarter.


Mustang Family Weekend

October 202 Dates TBD

Discover your student's home away from home! At Mustang Family Weekend, you and your family will:

  • Explore campus through interactive tours and hikes.
  • Engage in Learn by Doing lectures and labs led by esteemed faculty.
  • Enjoy special events, live music and fun activities.
  • Attend athletic and performing arts events throughout the weekend.*

... and so much more! Registration is for the entire family and includes: 

  • One weekend parking pass.
  • One Cal Poly swag bag.
  • Receptions with light appetizers, live music and fun activities.
  • Entrance to exclusive events and programming throughout the weekend.

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