Poly Parent News: July 2018

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Save the Date for Mustang Family Weekend

Mark your calendars for Mustang Family Weekend this Oct. 19-21, 2018! Scheduled halfway through fall quarter, Mustang Family Weekend allows families the opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with the Mustang community for an exciting weekend filled with Learn By Doing experiences and Cal Poly festivities. Jam-packed with academic lectures, interactive presentations, and performing arts and athletics events, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss.

Registration and more information will be coming soon!

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Find Us During Move-In Weekend

Parent and Family Programs is excited to be hosting the following events during move-in weekend. Parent volunteers will be at the events to answer your questions and give their insight as Cal Poly Proud parents of current students.

Gathering on the Green | Friday, September 14, 2018 | 4-6 p.m. | Dexter Lawn

Out of State parents, families, and students are invited to join us for a relaxed reception on Baker Science Lawn with refreshments and remarks from President Armstrong.

Evening with the President | Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 6-8 p.m. | O’Neill Green

Reception for all parents and families of new Cal Poly students. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and remarks from President Armstrong before attending the Big Fall Welcome!

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Get Ready for SLO Days

Wondering how to get started with SLO Days? Follow these steps to secure your spot and begin the first part of your Cal Poly 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 SLO Days.

Step 2: Pick a Date

  • Select the date that you want to attend SLO Days — note that if you are in a special program for SLO Days (like Mustang Express) that it may have specific dates on which it is offered. Once you've selected your date, register for SLO Days through your Cal Poly Portal.
  • You can view a list of all available SLO Days session dates here.

Step 3: Plan Your Schedule

  • Select the date that you want to attend SLO Days — note that if you are in a special program for SLO Days (like Mustang Express) that it may have specific dates on which it is offered.
  • You can view a SLO Days Schedule overview here.

Step 4: See What's Next

  • Now that you've registered for SLO Days and looked at your schedule, check out the next steps you should be taking before you join us for your SLO Days session in the summer, as well as driving directions and arrival information.
  • Learn more about your next steps here.

Step 5: Register for WOW

  • Don't forget to register for the second part of your orientation experience! WOW takes place right before the first week of school in September and builds on the connections you made and things you learned at SLO Days!
  • Learn more about WOW here.

More SLO Days Information:

The App:

Your SLO Days schedule, arrival information, to-do lists - and more - all at your fingertips in the brand new "Cal Poly Now" mobile app, the official app of Cal Poly Student Affairs.

Download it now and search for the "SLO Days" guide and start planning ahead for your upcoming session.

Download the app now:

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More Than a Safety App

Ulzi is on a mission to prevent sexual assaults and violent crimes, one community at a time, with the help of WITH US, the National Network for Peer Accountability at Cal Poly. Their revolutionary app combines bystander intervention and artificial intelligence to create safety. That means greater freedom for students (no more fear going downtown or walking home from late classes), and greater peace of mind for parents (no more staying up late waiting for that “home safe!” text). Sign up to learn more.

With a localized launch in San Luis Obispo coming up this summer before a nationwide rollout in time for school in the fall, Ulzi needs your help to spread the word. Because safety isn’t something you should do alone.

Sign up here to stay up to date with Ulzi’s progress and to get on the waitlist for the Ulzi app.

To show your commitment to preventing sexual assaults, forward this to friends and family, and share on Facebook. Tag @ulziofficial and #WithUlzi. Together we can make our communities safer and live life, without worry.

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Sign Up for WOW

Join the newest class of Mustangs at our nationally-acclaimed Week of Welcome! The eight-day program will familiarize you with our campus culture and expansive resources, introduce you to (literally) hundreds of new people, and guide you through your first week of classes. Be part of a 60-plus-year old Cal Poly tradition. You won't want to miss WOW 2018!

Coming soon - Sign ups can be accessed through MyCalPoly on the ‘Orientations’ tab.

Sign up for the Cross Cultural Experience NOW!

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!

  • Sign up through the “Orientation” tab in your Cal Poly Portal
  • When registering for the Week of Welcome select the “Cross Cultural Experience” as your group preference

If you have already registered for WOW and would like to switch into the Cross Cultural Experience, fill out the Orientation Request Form

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How to Transfer Course Credits is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.

ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California. 

If your student is taking courses over the summer at a local community college, advise them to consider the following information on transferring credits:

  • If you want to take a major or support course, check the ASSIST website for an articulation agreement between Cal Poly and the other college.
  • If it's a GE course you want, go to ASSIST, and select the college you will attend. Click on "CSU GE-Breadth Certification List", select by 'Area' and match the Area Titles (not the Area #s).
  • If the course or type of course or college you want to go to is not on the ASSIST list, please check with your Advising Center, major dept advisor or the Evaluations Unit of the Office of the Registrar (805-756-2396). After you have reviewed the ASSISTwebsite and/or you know that an articulation agreement does not exist, you may attempt to obtain the appropriate course substitution form from your major department and obtain the appropriate signatures.

You can find more information and resources here:

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Upcoming Events

July 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 | Family Fun Day | 5am-10pm | Recreation Center

July 4 | Academic Holiday (Independence Day Observed) 

July 9-10 | SLO Days Session 1

July 12-13 | SLO Days Session 2

July 14-15 | SLO Days Session 3

July 14, 15 | The Wizard of Oz | 2-3:30pm, 7-8:30pm | Spanos Theatre

July 19-20 | SLO Days Session 4

July 21, 22 | 1st Annual University Police Department K9 Softball Tournament Fundraiser | 7am-8pm | Sports Complex

This is a fundraiser to help raise funds for the University Police K9 Program. 100% of all funds go towards the care, maintenance, and training of the campus’s K9's Brisant & Xello.

July 23 | Festival Mozaic Midday Mini-Concert: The Story of Babar | 12:30-1:30pm | Performing Arts Center

July 23-24 | SLO Days Session 5

July 26-27 | SLO Days Session 6

July 28-29 | SLO Days Session 7

August 18 | Quarter Plus SLO Days

September 15 | September SLO Days

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Important Dates and Deadlines

July 3 | Housing application for pre-season athletes opens. Athletes will be sent an email with instructions on how to apply.

July 4 | Academic Holiday (Independence Day Observed) 

July 5 | Last day to complete the housing application and secure housing for the Quarter Plus program.

July 15 | Last day to edit Quarter Plus application.

July 16 | Last day to cancel Quarter Plus campus housing without financial penalty.

July 17 | Last day for pre-season athletes to complete their housing application and secure campus housing.

July 22 | Summer Institute students move into campus housing 12-4pm.

July 23 | Summer Institute classes begin.

July 26 | Quarter Plus housing payment due.

July 27 | Last day of classes for the first five-week summer session.

July 29 | Summer 2018 residents move into campus housing. (second 5-week session) Students must show photo ID before receiving their room key.

August 3-15 | Housing fees post. All students living on campus for the upcoming 2018-19 Academic Year can pay the remaining balance of their Housing fees. If fees are not paid in full by 5 p.m., 8/15/18, students are automatically enrolled in the Housing Installment Payment Plan.

August 6 | Room assignments and move-in directions for fall quarter posted online (first-year students at 9 a.m. and transfer students at 12 p.m.) Students access their housing application through the Cal Poly portal, Select University Housing under Single Click access.

August 15 | Last day for Fall 2018 incoming first-year and transfer students to cancel campus housing without financial penalty. The Housing and Cancellation form must be submitted by Aug. 15.

August 15 | Summer Institute students move out of on-campus housing by 6 p.m.

August 17 | Last day of classes for 8-week session.  

August 17 | Quarter Plus students move into on-campus housing. 8 a.m. to noon.

August 17 | Last day for returning students to cancel campus housing less $500 initial payment. The Housing and Dining Cancelation Form must also be submitted by Aug. 17.

August 20 | Quarter Plus classes begin.

August 23 | Summer eight-week session on-campus students move-out of campus housing.

August 31 | Last day of Summer Quarter classes. Last day of second five-week sessions classes and finals.

September 1 | First installment of housing payment plan and dining payment plan for 2018-19 due. A charge of $25 will be added for late payment (see fee schedules for payment amount).

September 1 | Second five-week session summer students move out of campus housing.

September 1 | Cal Poly Distribution Services begins accepting mail for Fall 2018 campus residents.

September 3 | Academic Holiday (Labor Day Observed)

September 4-6 | Summer Quarter 10-week session finals

September 6 | End of Summer Quarter

September 7-12 | Academic Holiday

September 7 | 10-week Summer Session students move out of campus housing.

September 13 | Not Anymore mandatory training due; students who do not complete the training by September 13 will receive a hold on their account

September 14-15 | Assisted move in for incoming first-year and transfer students. The residence halls and apartments will open noon - 6 p.m. for move-in each day thereafter.

September 16 | Assisted move-in for returning students. 

September 16 | Week Of Welcome (WOW) begins.

September 17-19 | Self-guided move-in for returning students.

September 20 | First day of Fall 2018 classes.

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

Admissions | (805) 756-2311
Career Services | (805) 756-2501
Commencement Office | (805) 756-1600
Counseling Services | (805) 756-2511
Disability Resource Center | (805) 756-1395
Financial Aid Office | (805) 756-2927
Health Services | (805) 756-1211
Mustang Success Center | (805) 756-6211
Parent and Family Programs | (805) 756-6700
Student Accounts | (805) 756-1428
University Housing | (805) 756-1226
University Police Department | (805) 756-2281

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