May 2018 Newsletter

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Explore your Home Away from Home at SLO Discovery Weekend

Join us this May 11-13 for an exclusive fun-filled weekend created specifically for Cal Poly parents and supporters. SLO Discovery Weekend offers the following special events and itineraries for you to experience San Luis Obispo (SLO) both on and off campus:

  • Receive a limited edition weekend bag by staying in a SLO lodging property*
  • Enjoy exclusive discounts, deals and promotions from local participating businesses throughout the weekend
  • Meet and mingle with fellow parents and supporters at a weekend reception
  • Engage in campus activities including the Cal Poly Talks program featuring TED Talk-style lectures from top faculty and staff
  • Participate in exclusive food, beverage and walking tours throughout the city


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Spring Commencement Information

With Commencement quickly approaching, here is some important information to help you and your student prepare for the big day!

Commencement Info Booths | Every Thursday in May | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Dexter Lawn

The Commencement office will be hosting a weekly info booth throughout the month of May prior to Commencement. Students can stop by to ask questions, get information, grab free swag, and pick up a free snack!

Graduation Portraits | April 25-27 and June 15

For more information, please visit the Ultimate Exposure website.

Grad Bash | June 6 | 4:00-6:30 p.m. | Spanos Stadium

Alumni Relations wants to be the first to congratulate the class of 2018 with a pizza picnic on the field at Spanos, future site of your student’s big day! Your student can enjoy pizza and games with your friends and raise a glass on us!

This event is free and only for graduating seniors! Your student must bring a non-student, government issued ID. Register for Grad Bash here.

Cultural Commencements

To view a full list of Cultural Commencement events open to all graduating students, click here.

Department Events

To view the full list of college and department events hosted over commencement weekend, click here.

Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies | June 17-18 | Spanos Stadium

Graduates will celebrate being Mustangs Forever at their assigned ceremony times, based on programs of study, as listed below:

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and College of Science & Mathematics

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business

Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Architecture & Environmental Design and College of Engineering

More Information

Parents, supporters, family, and friends can sign up for Spring Commencement 2018 information emails HERE to stay in the loop about commencement ceremonies, regalia, parking, tickets, and more.

You can also follow Cal Poly Commencement on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest news and announcements.

For any questions about Spring Commencement 2018, please contact the Commencement Office at 805-756-1600 or

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On-Campus Move-Out Information

While the end of the school year is just one month away, it is a good idea to start planning move-out logistics. Students living on campus must vacate their rooms and apartments by 5pm on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Remind your student to do the following before vacating their room:


  • Start packing and taking things home now! Moving boxes can be purchased at Canyon Post, Campus Market, and the University Store.
    • Trash: Dumpsters will be added throughout University Housing. Remind your student to place all trash in dumpsters and large trash bins. They MUST NOT leave trash in stairways, hallways, study lounges, common-area trash bins.
    • Clothing & Food Drive: A food and clothing drive is happening during move you’re your student can donate items they don’t need (i.e. clothes, food, electronics, small furniture items, etc.) at their building’s drop-off location, which will be indicated by posters and via email.
    • Loading: During finals week, temporary loading is permitted in lots near residence halls and apartments. Please move your vehicle after you load your car (or remind your student to do so). In PCV only, 40-minute curbside loading will be available during move-out. All red zone and metered parking rules apply.


  • Cleaning supplies are available at your student’s front desk! Your student’s room should be in the same state it was when they moved into it. Remind them to clean these areas:
    • Window sills
    • All assigned furniture (put back in original layout)
    • Kitchen, including inside of refrigerator and freezer
    • Trash and recycle bins (empty them!)
    • Remove any decals, tape, tacks, etc.


  • Once your student’s room is completely ready for checkout, they should go to their community front desk with their keys and key card. Failure to checkout or follow procedure will result in an Improper Checkout Fee of $25, in addition to any charges associated with damages, cleanliness, lost keys or access cards.

Find additional move-out resources here.

Remember that many other students will be moving out during these dates, so please exercise patience and plan accordingly.

Find more important housing dates here.

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SLO Will Put a Spring in Your Step

May and June are great months to visit the Central Coast, and San Luis Obispo is full of fun activities to keep the whole family busy.

For instance, San Luis Obispo is beautiful for bikers of all levels, from pre-peddlers to seasoned cyclists. Check out all the trails as May is National Bike Month. From the relaxing to the rigorous, we have it all.

For more outdoor fun on the Central Coast, take a hike. Cruise a zip line. Hop on a surf board. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in and around San Luis Obispo for all ages and abilities. Plan the ultimate outdoor adventure when you venture in to SLO, and be sure to bring some comfy shoes!

A trip to San Luis Obispo wouldn’t be complete without tasting wine from our award-winning region, recently named one of the Top 10 Wine Getaways in the world for 2018 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. We make it easy with the annual Roll out the Barrels event, June 21-23. It’s a chance for true aficionados and simple sippers alike to enjoy the history, culture and taste of our special wines.

The event kicks off with The Barrels in the Plaza June 21, and continues on June 22 and 23, with the Passport to SLO Wine Country, with which you can enjoy tastings at eight wineries over two days for just $75. If you are unable to make it on Friday, Saturday-only Passports cover tastings at four wineries and can be purchased for $50.

But the fun just gets better. Book a two-night stay at one of these SLO lodging properties for your Roll Out the Barrels weekend and you’ll get an all-inclusive pass to the three-day event for only $100! That includes Barrels in the Plaza on Thursday ($60 value) and the Passport to SLO Wine Country on Friday and Saturday ($75 value). Plus, we’ll deliver a customized SLO Wine Country wine box and a bottle of wine straight to your hotel room, on us.

Speaking of tasting, want to get a taste of one of the best college towns in the U.S.? Then don’t miss SLO Discovery Weekend May 11-13. Crafted especially for Cal Poly parents and supporters, the weekend offers special events and excursions for you to experience San Luis Obispo both on and off the Cal Poly campus. There are campus tours and Cal Poly Talks, a TedTalk-like lecture by Cal Poly professors, as well as many opportunities to enjoy the scenic beauty, rich history and vibrant downtown that make San Luis Obispo one of the most popular destinations for students and visitors alike.

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You’re Invited to Join in Learning Chumash Names

yakʔitʸutʸu, Cal Poly’s newest freshman residential community, will open this fall at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus. The complex is dedicated in honor of the Northern Chumash, who have been close advisors to the project, supporting milestones in planning, construction and education. Each of the seven residence halls is named after a local Chumash tribal site. The Cal Poly community including students, parents, and families are encouraged to learn and practice the names and meanings, available on the University Housing website.

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On-Campus Health Services Over the Summer

Did you know that your student can still utilize Campus Health & Wellbeing over the summer season even if they are not enrolled in summer courses? If your student was enrolled in spring and plans to be enrolled again in the fall, they can be seen at Health Services for a fee of $15. Graduated/non-returning students may also been seen for one courtesy visit after graduation as a follow-up appointment or to receive a referral.

Find additional information about Health Services eligibility here.

For a full list of Campus Health & Wellbeing’s services, click here.

Students not enrolled in classes over the summer can also still access the Recreation Center for a membership fee. For information about membership rates, click here. For a listing of current Rec Center fitness classes, click here.

For more information about the courses, housing, and resources offered at Cal Poly over the summer, click here

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May is 31 Days of Wellness at Cal Poly

Campus Health and Wellbeing is proud to host the second annual 31 Days of Wellness at Cal Poly. This month long event aims to showcase and celebrate all the campus and community resources who support campus well-being. All the month’s events are open to all Cal Poly students. Your student can register as an individual or as a team to win prizes!

Events offered during the month include:

For a full list of events download the Cal Poly Now App and find the "Be Well at Cal Poly" guide.

Questions? Email

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Resource Spotlight – Multicultural Engineering Program

Cal Poly has a variety of great resources for a diverse student body. Each month we will highlight one that may be beneficial or of interest to your student.

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is an academic support program designed to retain and graduate a diverse population of students, especially groups which continue to remain the most underrepresented in engineering. This includes but is not limited to aspiring College of Engineering students who are first in their family to earn a baccalaureate degree, or from family backgrounds of limited financial resources and less educational opportunities.

Some of the resources MEP provides are the following:

  • Book loan program
  • Tutoring
  • Resume database
  • First-year freshmen and transfer student support
  • Scholarships
  • Industry connections
  • Study lounge and computer lab

To learn more about these MEP resources, click here.

MEP also advises the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

If you are an alumna/alumnus or connected to the industry, you can get involved with MEP! Below are some of the ways you can get involved with the program:

Find out more about getting involved with MEP by clicking here.

For more information, click here to contact the Multicultural Engineering Program.

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Upcoming Events

May 1 | Taco Tuesday | 12-1pm | UU 219

May 1 | Sales Training Seminar | 6:10-10:00pm | Baker 113

Please join the Cal Poly Sales Engineering Club as they host professional sales trainer Laura Hyde for her three day sales seminar. The course, titled "The Science of Proactive Persuasion: How to Sell Yourself, Your Ideas, and Capabilities in a Corporate Environment", is typically priced at $2,000 per attendee. Sign up link:…

May 2 | Service Learning Faculty Showcase | 9:10-10:00am | Advanced Technology Labs 0001-0002

May 2 | Another Type of Groove | 7:30-10:00pm | UU Plaza

May 2 | ASI Events Trivia Night Series | 7:30-10:00pm | UU Lower Lobby 101

May 3 | Artificial Intelligence & The Problem of Other Minds| 11:10-12:00pm | Baker 101

May 4 | Admission Information Session (AIS) | 1:10-2:30pm | PAC Phillips Hall Building 6 Room 124

May 4 | SLIME Event | 6-9:30pm | Building 6 Room 124 (Philips Hall)

SLIME club is hosting The Nightcap with Arlo Rudy, a live sketch comedy show made for students, by students.

May 4 | Barn Dance | 7-11:59pm

May 5 | Cal Poly Pier Open House | 9am-12pm | Off Campus

Bring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach.  For more information please visit

May 5 | How to Paint in Watercolor | 9am-12pm, 1-4pm | 52-E26

May 5 | The Mind of the Child | 9am-12pm | Cotchett Education Building 002 Room 0213

May 5 | Alumni Panel- Professional Development | 9:10am-1:30pm | Business Building 003-0122

May 5 | SLO Symphony Classics V No Ties Allowed! | 11am-1pm | PAC Harman Hall Building 006 Room 0101

May 5 | Cal Poly Comedy Club’s Open Mic! | 6:10-8pm, 8:10-10pm| Science Building 52 Room E27

May 5 | Smile and Nod Spring Quarter Shows| 7-10pm | PAC Phillips Hall Building 006 Room 0124

May 5 | Barn Dance | 7-11:59pm

May 5 | CURE SLO Barn Dance | 7-10pm | Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC Recreation Center) Building 43 Room 170

CURE SLO is hosting its 7th "Barn Dance So They Can" benefiting CURE International! All proceeds will go to fund children's surgeries in the Philippines! Come enjoy a fun night of dancing in Chumash!

May 5 | SLO Symphony Classics V Concert | 8-10pm | PAC Harman Hall Building 006 Room 0101

May 6 | Scuba Certification Course | 9am-5pm | Recreation Center Building 043-0915 (Main Pool-Deep)

May 6 | SLO Youth Symphony Concert  | 4-6:30pm | PAC Pavilion Room 0128 and Harman Hall Building Room 0101

May 7 | CAFES End of the Year Banquet | 5-10pm| Off Campus Location

May 10 | 31 Days of Wellness-Mindful Yoga | 4:30-6:30pm | Recreation Center Building 043 Room 0109

May 10 | Women & Weights Workshop | 5:10-6:30pm | Recreation Center Building 043 Room 0156

May 10, 11, & 12 | Hookman | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre Building 44 Room 0227

Transitioning from home to university can prove challenging - especially when facing homesickness, roommate relationships...and an urban legend stalking those around you.  Lauren Yee's "existential slasher comedy" follows a group of women as they navigate their freshman year of college; exploring significant issues confronting college students today in a manner that is simultaneously familiar and surreal.

May 11 | Admission Information Session (AIS) | 1:10-2:30pm | Building 6 Room 124 (Philips Hall)

May 11 | Practice of Balance | 1:30-3pm | Recreation Center Building 043 room 0213 (Studio 2)

May 11 | Hearst Lecture Series on Design Topics | 5:10-8pm | Business Building 003 Room 0213

For more information, click on the link provided:

May 11 | Yo Tango – En Fuego | 6:10-7pm | Building 005 Room 0104

May 11 | ASI Events: So You Think You Can DJ | 6:30-10pm | UU Plaza

May 11 | Barn Dance | 7-11:59pm

May 11 | W. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital- Beethoven Sonata Cycle III | 7:30-9:30pm | PAC Pavilion

May 11-13 | SLO Discovery Weekend

May 11-13 | Arthritis Walk | 12am-11pm | O’Neill Green

May 12 | How to Paint in Watercolor | 9am-12pm, 1-4pm | 52-E26

May 12 | Olympic Lifting Workshop | 9:30-11:30pm| Recreation Center Building 043 Room 0156

May 12 | Lantern Festival | 12-7pm | UU Plaza

May 12 | Ballroom Spring Social | 8-11:59pm | UU Chumash

May 12 & 13 | Oklahoma Performance, Opera SLO | 2-6pm | PAC Pavilion Room 0128 and Harman Hall Room 0101

May 14 & 15| Sharing of GE Task Force Findings and Recommendations | 11am-1pm | Robert E. Kennedy Library Atrium

May 14 | Anthem Poetry Slam | 7-11pm | UU Chumash

May 15 | Emerging Markets Event: The Future of Transportation: Autonomous Vehicles and Drone Delivery | 11am-1:30pm | Advanced Technology Lab Building 007 Room 0002

May 15 | CIE Entrepreneurship Series May Forum | 4-8pm | PAC Pavilion Room 0128

May 16 | ASI Used Gear Sale | 8am-12pm, 1:30-10pm | Recreation Center Building 043 Room 0109

May 16| A Viewing & Discussion of Muslims Next Door | 6:30-8pm | PAC Philips Hall Room 0124

May 16 | Audra McDonald | 7:30-10pm | PAC Harman Hall Room 0101

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s “100 most influential people of 2015.” In addition to her Tony-winning performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, she has originated roles in several more Broadway shows as well as appearing on television and in films. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. Following her 2014 sold-out PAC concert, she will once again transform the hall into an intimate cabaret club.

Please call 805-756-4TIX(4849) or visit for more information.

May 17| ASI Used Gear Sale| 8am-7pm | Recreation Center

May 17| Soil Health Monitoring for Nutrient and Salinity Management  | 11:10am-12pm | Building 180 Room 0101

Mr. Gray brings over ten years of agronomic and production management experience to Ag Laboratory & Consulting, where he serves as Principal Agronomist and Managing Partner. He has worked in production for some of the world’s largest producers and has developed a keen understanding of how agronomics can maximize production, ultimately increasing efficiency and profitability. Through his work, he strives to provide growers with tangible analytical data while supporting growers to develop the data into best management practices.

May 17| Global Accessibility Awareness Day| 12-1pm | Spanos Theater Patio

May 17| Mustang Mile| 4-7pm | Doerr Family Field

May 17| Take Me to Your Leader: Sarah Winnemucca’s Transnational Authority in Life among the Piute’s: Their Wrongs and Claims| 4:30-6:30pm | UU Conference Room 0220

May 17, 18, & 19 | Hookman | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre Building 44 Room 0227

May 18| CSM Student Research Conference Talks| 8:10am-4pm | Fisher Science Building 33 Room 0289

May 18| CLAA: Spring Quarter Information Sessions| 10-11am | UU Conference Room 0219

May 18| Global Accessibility Awareness Day Celebration| 12-1pm | PAC Philips Hall Room 0124

May 18 | Yo Tango – En Fuego | 6:10-7pm | Building 005 Room 0104

May 18 | Barn Dance | 7-11:59pm

May 18| Cal Poly’s Polyrhythmic Percussion Recital| 7:30-9:30pm | PAC Pavilion Room 0128

May 19 | Olympic Lifting Workshop | 9:30-11:30pm| Recreation Center Building 043 Room 0156

May 19 | Relay for Life | 10:00am-10:00pm| Robert A. Mott Physical Education Track Field 

May 19 | Spring LAN Party | 12:10-9pm| Graphic Arts Building 026 Room 0103

May 19 | Ag Engineering Society End of the Year Banquet  | 5-10pm| Off Campus Location

May 19 | CPAC Spring Banquet | 5-9pm| Off Campus Location

May 19 | Cal Poly Comedy Club’s Open Mic! | 6:10-8, 8:10-10pm| Science 052 Room E027

May 19 | Smile and Nod Spring Quarter Shows | 7-10pm| PAC Philips Hall Room 0124

May 20 | Cal Poly Disc Golf Club Spring Fundraiser Tournament | 9am-1pm| Off Campus Location

May 20 | SLO Master Chorale, Spring Concert | 3-5pm| PAC Harman Hall Room 0101

May 21 | Pool Side Mediation | 12-1pm| Recreation Center Leisure Pool

May 22 | Cal Poly’s ‘An Evening of Woodwinds and Strings’ Chamber Recital | 7:30-9pm| Off Campus Location

The Cal Poly Music Department will present an evening of woodwind and string chamber music at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.  

The concert is free and open to all. The United Methodist Church is at 1515 Fredericks St.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and the Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406. 

May 23 | RPTA 210 Blood Drive and Sports Day | 10am-3pm| Dexter Lawn

May 23, 24, 25 | Student Directed Dance Concert | 8-10pm| Spanos Theatre Room 0227

May 24 | Women & Weight Workshop | 8-10pm| Recreation Center Room 0156

May 24 | Dance the Night Away | 6-9pm| Multipurpose Activity Center

May 24 | MBHS/LOMS Choirs Concert | 7-9:30pm| PAC Harman Hall Room 0101

May 25 | Building Your Future: Real Estate Spring Conference | 9:10-1pm| Business Building Room 0112

May 25 | Cal Poly ‘All That Brass’ Concert | 5-6:30pm| Off Campus Location

The Cal Poly Brass Ensembles, featuring many of the university's top brass players, will perform at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. 

The free, public concert will be in the sanctuary of the church at 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo.

The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.  

May 25 | Yo Tango – En Fuego | 6:10-7pm | Building 005 Room 0104

May 26 | Wrestling Banquet | 4-6pm | Advanced Technology Lab Building 007 Room 0001

May 26 | Lambda Sigma Gamma Celebration | 6:10-10pm | Off Campus Location

May 26 | Arab Music Ensemble Spring Concert | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre Room 0227

Featuring a diverse program of classic and contemporary music and dance! While focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean, the program will also feature selections from historically interconnected cultures of the larger region.

The concert is presented by the Cal Poly Music Department. For more information, visit the department's calendar website, call 805-756-2406 or email the departmentTickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office: 805-756-4TIX(4849).

 May 27 | E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert | 7-9pm | PAC Harman Hall Room 0101

For tickets or more information visit or call 805-756-4849

May 29 | Admission Information Session (AIS) | 1-2:30pm | UU Chumash

May 29, 31 | RSVP XXIII: Fatherland | 8-10pm | PAC Pavilion Room 0128

This marks the 23rd season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk.

Both performances are presented by the Cal Poly Music Department. For more information, visit the department's calendar website, call 805-756-2406 or email the department. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office: 805-756-4TIX(4849).

May 30 | Miss Greek Universe | 8-10pm | UU Chumash

May 31 | Mustang Round Up | 10-12:30pm | UU Plaza

May 31 |Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital | 11am-12pm | Music Center Building 45 Room 0218

May 31 | Women & Weight Workshop | 5:10-6:30 | Recreation Center Room 0156

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Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1-June 20 | Open Enrollment for Summer Quarter 2018

May 4 | Summer 2018 Interest List students will be sent an email asking if they are still interested in campus housing. Those who respond back will be emailed application instructions. Students with ADA needs should contact Disability Resource Center (DRC).

May 7 | Last day for new freshman and transfer students to edit their 2018-19 housing application. Go to the Cal Poly Portal, University Housing, single-click access. Edits to the application do not change the date housing was secured.

May 7 | Last day for new freshman to submit their housing exemption application with all required documentation. To access the exemption application, go to the Cal Poly Portal, University Housing, single-click access.

May 11 | PASS available for Fall 2018 Quarter

May 18 | Last day to withdraw from course(s) for serious and compelling reason (5pm) for Spring Quarter 2018 courses

May 18 | Fall registration open for first round of registration appointment rotations with a 16 units limit

May 22| Summer 2018 Housing Application and License Agreement due

May 28 | Academic holiday – Memorial Day observed

June 1 | Summer 2018 housing payment due to secure a summer space on campus

June 7 | Summer Institute 2018 students apply for housing for Summer Institute Program.

June 8 | Housing room assignments for Summer Quarter 2018 are available via the online application system

June 8 | Last day of Spring Quarter 2018 classes

June 8 | Last day to withdraw from course(s) for emergency reason (5pm) for Spring Quarter 2018 courses

June 8 | Last day to submit paperwork for Cal Poly coursework (substitutions, concentration declarations, ICS statements, etc.) in order to affect Academic Progress level for registration for Winter 2019 (received in the Office of the Registrar by 5:00 pm), if you will not be here for summer quarter.

June 11-15 | Spring Quarter 2018 finals

June 11 | Students may be dropped from all enrolled classes for Summer Quarter 2018 if Registration Fees are not paid by 4pm (excludes Financial Aid and certain other student groups). Additional information at

June 16-17 | Spring Commencement 2018

June 17 | All students must vacate their rooms and apartments by 5 p.m.

June 20 | Last day to add class in Student Center without a permission number for Summer Quarter 2018

June 24 | Summer 2018 residents move into campus housing (first 5 week session, 8-week session and 10-week summer session). Students must show photo ID before receiving their room key.

June 25 | Summer Institute 2018 Housing License Agreement due.

June 25 | Summer Quarter 2018 classes begin.

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

Admissions | (805) 756-2311
Career Services | (805) 756-2501
Commencement | (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 & 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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