September 2017 Newsletter

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Prepare for a Healthy Start to the Year • No Car? No Problem • The Low-Down on Textbooks • How to Register for Classes • Make Your SLO Visit a Vacation! • $100 Visa Gift Card Move-In Give Away! • Career Programming for Transfer Students: Jump Start the Job Search • Greek to Me: A Parent’s Guide to Cal Poly Greek Life • Resource Spotlight – Disability Resource Center • Upcoming Events – September • Important Dates and Deadlines • Important Campus Phone Numbers 

Prepare for a Healthy Start to the Year

Whether your student is a first year or fourth year, understanding Cal Poly’s health services and private insurance can help you as a parent feel safe and comfortable with your student living away from home. Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing provides year round care by appointment and walk-in basis to current students. Below is a list of frequently asked questions that can help you understand the scope of Cal Poly’s health services and how it differs from private health insurance:

What health services does Cal Poly offer?

Health Services offers the following medical services to all Cal Poly students at no additional charge:

  • Primary physician and nursing care
  • Routine laboratory tests
  • Routine x-ray procedures
  • Men's/women's health care
  • Health education programs in nutrition, alcohol & drug awareness, and sexuality & lifestyle wellness

The following services are available for an additional charge:

How does my student pay for Health Services charges?

All Health Services charges are automatically charged to your student’s PolyPortal account. Your student can for these charges through the PolyPortal or you as a parent can pay them through your CASHNet account.

Does my student need health insurance while at Cal Poly?

Cal Poly strongly recommends students carry private health insurance for medical and surgical problems beyond the scope of Health Services. Each student is encouraged to have their own coverage for major medical, surgical and emergency expenses. Cal Poly cannot pay for off-campus care. Therefore, an individual is responsible for those charges.

Students will need to use private insurance for the following:

  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Urgent care services that occur after Health Services hours and at off-campus urgent care facilities
  • Basic or specialized medical services away from campus
  • Physical exams
  • Travel vaccinations

We recommend finding a primary care provider in the area before your student begins or returns to Cal Poly in the case that any of these circumstances arise. Depending on your insurance, you can find a local physician by checking your insurance’s website or calling the customer service number on your insurance card.

What emergency or urgent care services are available to my student?

In the case of emergency or after-hours situations, your student has the following resources available to them:

  • Cal Poly Health Services After-Hours Nurse line
    • (805) 756-1211
  • Cal Poly Counseling Services After-Hours Psychological Crisis line
    • (805) 756-2511
  • Family & Industrial Medical Center
    • 47 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo
    • (805) 542-9596
  • Med Stop Urgent Care
    • 283 Madonna Rd, #B, San Luis Obispo
    • (805) 549-8880
  • Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
    • 1010 Murray Ave, San Luis Obispo
    • (805) 546-7600
  • French Hospital
    • 1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo
    • (805) 543-5353

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No Car? No Problem

While the First-Time Freshman Parking Policy indicates that Cal Poly residential students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus for the duration of their first year, there are plenty of other transportation options for your student!

  • Bicycles: Currently, there are over 6,500 bike rack spaces and 224 secure bike lockers available on campus
    • For information about bike storage and parking, CLICK HERE.
    • For a map of bike lockers and racks on campus, CLICK HERE.
  • Bus Services: Local and regional bus service available with stops located on campus.
    • SLO Transit: The San Luis Obispo city bus system that serves campus directly. Students can ride this bus for free with their Poly ID card.
      • To view the SLO Transit schedules and maps, CLICK HERE.
      • To download the SLO Transit app with real-time bus tracking information, CLICK HERE.
    • Regional Transit Authority (RTA): The county bus system that stops at Cal Poly. Students receive discounted prices on passes.
      • To view RTA schedules and fares, CLICK HERE.
      • To download the RTA app with real time tracking information, CLICK HERE.
  • Zipcar: Nine Zipcars are located throughout campus and available to rent by the hour or day.
    • For Zipcar locations, costs, and membership details, CLICK HERE.
  • Rideshare: Your student can carpool with other students who usually ask for a small payment for gas or are free!
    • To join the Cal Poly Ride Share Facebook group, CLICK HERE.
  • Amtrak: Amtrak buses pick up and drop off on campus and have multiple routes to Northern and Southern California
  • Uber/Lyft: Easy ways to get a ride within minutes for trips around town or to the beach

With so many easy, affordable, or free transportation options within San Luis Obispo, your student may not even need a car after their first year! For more information about the Freshman Parking Policy and different transportation options, CLICK HERE.

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The Low-Down on Textbooks

Finding and purchasing textbooks may seem like a daunting task for incoming students, however, there are many tools available to help make the process smooth and simple. Usually, after a quarter or two, your student will be a pro at finding the best deals and the process that works best for them. The following information will help you have a better sense of the textbook process your student will go through each quarter:

What books does my student need?

Each quarter students can view what textbooks they will need for each of their courses through the University Store’s website HERE.

Should my student buy or rent textbooks?

Current Cal Poly students usually recommend purchasing textbooks for major courses so they can mark them up and refer back to them in later courses. The general consensus is that textbooks for GE or support courses can usually be rented as students won’t usually use or refer to them in the future.

Are all textbooks required?

When your student looks up their courses on the University Store website, the textbooks will be listed as Required, Recommended, or Suggested. Textbooks marked as required as necessary to be successful in the course. It is rare that textbooks are marked as required and not used by a professor so we recommend having these books purchased and delivered by the first day of class. Recommended or suggested textbooks can usually be purchased at a later time if your student and their professor believe they will be useful as support material.

Where can my student buy textbooks?

There are multiple vendors and sites for students to purchase or rent textbooks from. Some of the most popular are the following:

  • University Store: Students can purchase textbooks ahead of time and pick them up at the University Store when they arrive in SLO. The University Store also has textbook rentals and discounted used textbook options.
  • Amazon: Many students find Amazon to be convenient for textbook purchases and rentals. Students can get discounted Amazon Prime memberships that include quick and free shipping which is helpful for last-minute purchases.
  • Chegg: This is another online vendor that students find helpful for purchasing, renting, and selling textbooks.
  • Cal Poly Textbook Exchange Facebook group: Current students will also post textbooks they have available for purchase, exchange, or free on the Cal Poly Textbook Exchange Facebook group HERE. Students can also post in this group if they are looking for certain textbooks or class supplies.

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How to Register for Classes

For New Freshmen:

In order to facilitate your student’s transition into college, Cal Poly enrolls new freshmen students into a full schedule of classes for their first fall quarter and a partial schedule for their first winter and spring quarters. This system is called “block scheduling.”

  • Your student’s first fall quarter: Fall quarter new freshmen will be blocked into a full schedule (12-16 units) of both major, support, and/or general education courses. During the open enrollment period, your student will have the opportunity to add, swap, or drop courses from their schedule, however, it is highly recommended that your student discuss any changes with an academic advisor first.
  • Your student’s first winter and spring quarter: For new freshman students’ winter and spring quarters, they will be blocked into a partial schedule of major and/or support courses only. Your student will be assigned an enrollment appointment during which they can register for any additional courses they need or want. They will also have another opportunity to enroll in courses during the open enrollment period.

For Continuing Students:

  • All students are assigned an enrollment period each quarter during which they can register for courses. All students have another opportunity to add, swap, or drop courses during the open enrollment period.


  • “Major” classes: Classes required for your student’s major
  • “Support” classes: Classes that are meant to support the material your student learns in their major (i.e. mathematics courses for engineering students)
  • “General Education” classes: 72 units of courses in the following areas that provide a comprehensive polytechnic education: Communication, Science and Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Society and the Individual, and Technology.
  • Enrollment appointments: All students are assigned an enrollment appointment which is a date on which they can begin registering for courses. These appointments are assigned based on academic progress levels and PolyPlanner compliance. Students can find their exact appointment date and time through their PolyPortal in the Student Center section; this information will be listed under “Enrollment/Registration” on the right-hand side. For a more general schedule of the registration appointments, CLICK HERE.
  • Open enrollment: The period when any students can add, drop, or swap classes to or from their schedule.

Important Links:

Advising Centers (list of college and program specific advising centers)

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Make Your SLO Visit A Vacation!

We know students choose Cal Poly for its excellent academic reputation, state-of-the-art facilities and successful alumni. But, as an added benefit, our top-notch university happens to be located in one of the most desirable places in the United States.

So next time you visit your student, why not make it a fun getaway to San Luis Obispo?

To give you some encouragement, we’re offering a chance to win a $500 lodging credit at a lodging property of your choice in the San Luis Obispo city limits. Choose from this extensive list. The participating lodging properties offer easy access to SLO’s quaint downtown stores, the festive Thursday night farmers’ market, beautiful hiking trails and the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To enter, sign up for the city’s tourism newsletter, which keeps you up to date on fun events happening in San Luis Obispo, like Mustang Family Weekend, with suggestions for things to do, places to eat, wineries and attractions in neighboring communities. The newsletter also includes special offers that will make your visits more affordable. We’ll pick a winner October 2.

We know you’re coming to San Luis Obispo as a proud parent to visit your Mustang. But you deserve to celebrate your parenting success! Enter to win the Getaway Giveaway today!

$100 Visa Gift Card Move-In Give Away!

The city of San Luis Obispo welcomes you to your new home away from home! We know how hard it can be to move your Mustang into their home at Cal Poly, so we’d like to treat you to something special on move-in weekend to lighten the load. If you are staying at a city of San Luis Obispo lodging property over move-in weekend, stop by the Visitor Center on Sunday, September 10, 2017, between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm and pick up a $100 Visa Gift Card* to spend as you choose. Indulge in award-winning cuisine, shop our charming downtown, or make new friends at several local craft breweries – on us. Take a minute to say hello to San Luis Obispo before you say goodbye to your Mustang.

To redeem:

  1. Bring your lodging confirmation showing proof of stay in a permitted city of San Luis Obispo lodging property between September 8-10, 2017 into the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (895 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401).
  2. You’ll receive a $100 Visa Gift Card from the City of San Luis Obispo to spend how you choose!

Rules & Restrictions

*Valid on travel dates between September 8-10, 2017. Stay must have occurred in a permitted lodging property within the City of San Luis Obispo – to verify valid lodging properties visit Visitors must show proof of purchase to San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center staff to pick up $100 Visa Gift Card. Gift cards will not be mailed and must be picked up in person during the time of your stay at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 895 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Offer limited to first 50 reservations to claim. For questions regarding this offer, email One (1) Visa Gift Card per party. $100 Visa Gift Card expires. Check the date on the front of the card and use the entire balance before the expiration date to avoid forfeiting remaining balance.

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Career Programming for Transfer Students: Jump Start the Job Search

Career Services is a great resource for transfer students to get connected and quickly begin working toward their goals upon their arrival at Cal Poly. Encourage your student to attend some of the events below to get a jump start on planning their career and making the most of their time at Cal Poly:


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Greek to Me: A Parent’s Guide to Cal Poly Greek Life

Whether your student is an incoming freshman or a continuing student, they might be considering joining a fraternity or sorority when Greek life recruitment approaches this month. With 36 different social and cultural organizations on campus, the recruitment process may seem overwhelming at first. As a parent, you can support your student through this journey by educating yourself on the recruitment process and the ins and outs of going Greek. We partnered with Fraternity and Sorority Life to bring you answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by parents about Greek recruitment.

  • When is recruitment? What is the time commitment for recruitment?
    • Panhellenic Council (large all-women’s organizations) recruit from September 21-26 with a mandatory orientation session on September 17
    • Interfraternity Council (large all-men’s organizations) recruit from October 2-9 with optional informational sessions on September 20 and October 1
    • United Sorority & Fraternity Council (culturally-focused sorority and fraternity organizations) recruit from September 27-October 2
    • The time commitment for recruitment varies by organization and by council. Encourage your student to attend the WOW Club Showcase on September 17 and visit the organizations’ tables so they can get more specific information!
  • What does recruitment look like? What will be student be doing during it?
    • During recruitment, students will have the opportunity to get to know the current members of the organizations through various events they host, either on campus or at their chapter facilities. Throughout the recruitment time, we encourage your student to be themselves and to be open to different organizations where they have the potential to find the best fit!
  • Is my student guaranteed a spot in a chapter?
    • The Panhellenic Council recruitment process in structured so that if your student attends all the recruitment events they are invited to and continues to be invited to events throughout the week including the last night of recruitment, they are guaranteed a bid from one of the sororities whose preference night (an event near the end of recruitment) they attend. They are not, however, guaranteed a bid from their first-choice sorority.
    • For Interfraternity Council and United Sorority and Fraternity Council, membership is not guaranteed. However, we have a wide variety of organizations and are confident that if your student wishes to seek membership in one of their organizations and makes authentic connections with the members that they will have a great recruitment experience!
  • If I was a member of an organization is my student guaranteed a bid from the same one?
    • Legacy status is handled differently with every organization but does not necessarily guarantee a student a spot in a chapter. We encourage your student to go through recruitment with an open mind and find the members that they connect with best so enrich their experience both in recruitment and at Cal Poly overall!
  • What if my student doesn’t get a bid from the organization they want?
    • If your student does not receive an invitation for membership to their desired chapter, they are welcome to attend recruitment events the following fall, or to consider other chapters where they may have made other authentic connections with existing members!
  • Is hazing a part of Greek culture at Cal Poly? Is alcohol usage prevalent?
    • This year, the Fraternity & Sorority Life office in collaboration with IFC, PHA and USFC, will be launching our ongoing hazing awareness & prevention initiatives. Every new member who joins our Greek community, as well as every active member in our community, will be required to complete an online module that defines hazing, discusses bystander intervention and teaches our members how to engage in activities that allow for bonding, without the unsafe traditional practices. New members will receive training on hazing definitions, awareness and prevention during their first month in the respective fraternity or sorority. The inaugural Hazing Prevention Week will take place October 16- 20. None of our councils, chapters, or our office tolerates hazing in any form. Please report any incidents of hazing to our Professional Staff at
    • In Cal Poly Fraternity and Sorority Life, we strive to educate our students on best practices for alcohol consumption. We have an extensive Party Registration Policy that outlines risk management policies and practices related to having alcohol at Fraternity or Sorority events, as well as multiple educational workshops and trainings throughout the year with mandatory participation from chapter leadership and general members. We have a diverse community and, with that, diverse cultures and perspectives around alcohol consumption. Each student has the autonomy to decide what they feel most comfortable with, and we do not tolerate high-risk drinking practices at any Fraternity or Sorority events.
  • Can my student participate in recruitment later in the year or during their second year?
    • Students can participate in recruitment at any point during their time at Cal Poly, even if they are a transfer or international student. Fall quarter of each year is the best time to join an organization as all chapters recruit during this time. However, some chapters hold informal, smaller recruitments during winter and spring quarters.
  • Can my student drop out of their organization? Can they join a different one later?
    • The process for dropping a chapter varies by organization and council. For detailed information about this process, please contact the FSL staff at
  • Will my student miss out if they aren’t a part of Greek life?
    • Greek life at Cal Poly is 20% of the student population; anyone can join our community and find an organization they feel comfortable and welcomed in! There are also numerous other clubs, organizations, and sports for students to get involved in if they feel Greek life isn’t the right fit for them. CLICK HERE for a list of clubs.
  • What will my student be doing once they are a part of Greek life?
    • Fraternities and Sororities provide a wealth of experiences and opportunities for students on campus. Each chapter has a focus on academics, community service and philanthropic events, social events, and opportunities for leadership positions. Students involved in fraternities or sororities are also often involved in other leadership positions in other areas of campus and are highly regarded as student leaders in the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community.
  • Is it difficult for students to balance Greek life with academics, sports, work, etc.?
    • Joining a Greek organization can actually assist students with their time management skills. Academics are the first priority for every organization. Many students involved in Greek life are also involved in other clubs, organizations, and work. While some educational events and meetings are mandatory and/or highly encouraged, your student can decide for them self how much time they choose to invest in their organization.
  • What is the financial commitment? What does chapter dues go towards?
    • Each organization requires a financial commitment to join. The cost to join ranges depending on the organization that a student joins. Chapters will work with students to pay these dues each quarter, ensuring students can balance financially and be a part of the organization. Your student will receive specific information about dues during the recruitment process.
  • Is it required for my student to live in the chapter’s house?
    • Chapter facilities range in size from five to 25 beds. While it is not mandatory that your student live in the facility, they will have the opportunity to consider the option based on each chapter’s requirements and application process.
  • Is there a way I can get involved as a parent and/or Greek alumni?
    • Each organization hosts events for parents and families to experience Greek life and meeting members in the organization. Parents and alumnae are invited to attend events hosted by our organizations to reconnect with their own chapter and the Greek community.

The decision to join Greek life is very personal. Students may change their mind at any point during recruitment and even after they’ve become an active member. As parents and supporters, it’s important to encourage your student to be authentic and do what best improves their overall academic experience at Cal Poly.

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Resource Spotlight – Disability Resource Center

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 Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. The DRC provides services for students with permanent disabilities such as mobility, vision, and hearing impairments, psychological disorders, and learning disabilities; however, they also provide services to students with temporary disabilities. This means if your student experiences a temporary impairment such as a broken wrist, sprained ankle, etc., the DRC is available to help them navigate campus and their classes while they heal.

DRC Services

The DRC offers the following services to students with temporary or permanent disabilities:

See below for a list of examples of how students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities can use these services:



Low Vision

· Seating near front of the class

· Large print handouts, lab signs, and equipment labels (minimum of 14 pt font, sans serif)

· TV monitor connected to microscope to enlarge image

· Class assignments made available in electronic format provided ahead of time

· Computer equipped to enlarge screen characters and images

· Note-taker

· Large print hard copies of overheads provided ahead of time

· Accommodated testing

· Verbal descriptions of visual aids


· Audiotaped, Brailled, or electronic-formatted lecture notes, handouts, and texts

· Note-taker

· Accommodated Testing

· Verbal descriptions of visual aids

· Raised-line drawings and tactile models of graphic materials

· Braille lab signs and equipment labels, auditory lab warning signals

· Adaptive lab equipment (e.g. talking thermometers, calculators, light probes, and tactile timers)

· Computer with optical character reader, voice output, Braille screen display and printer output

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

· Interpreter, FM system, note taker, real-time captioning

· Written assignments, lab instructions, demonstration summaries

· Open or closed-captioned films, use of visual aids

· Visual warning system for lab emergencies

· Use of electronic mail for class and private discussions

Learning Disability

· NotetakerNotetaker and/or audiotaped class sessions

· Extra exam time, alternative testing arrangements

· Visual, aural, and tactile instructional demonstrations

· Computer with voice output, spellchecker, and grammar checker

Mobility Impairment

· Note-taker/lab assistant, group lab assignments

· Classrooms, labs, and field trips in accessible locations

· Adjustable lab and computer tables, lab equipment located within reach

· Class assignments made available in electronic format

· Computer equipped with special input device (e.g., voice-input, Morse code, alternative keyboard)

· On-campus transportation

Health Impairment

· Note-takers

· Flexible attendance requirements and extra exam time

· Assignments made available in electronic format, use of email to facilitate communication

Psychological Disorder

· Extended time and distraction-reduced testing

· Assistance with study, self- and time-management skills

· Reduced course loads

Requesting Services

At the University level, students have the right not to be identified as disabled. For this reason, students must take the initiative to contact the DRC and request academic accommodations. Here’s how your student can request various different services:

For general information or specific questions complete the DRC Quick Response Form, and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible. For information on how to support your student with a disability as a parent, CLICK HERE.

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Upcoming Events – September

September 2 | Monarca Entertainment presents Amanda Y Diego, with special guests | 7-10:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center

September 8 | Demo Day | 4-10 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center

An exclusive event that will showcase the latest batch of SLO HotHouse Accelerator companies. Demo Day is the culmination of a 13-week accelerator program, during which our start-ups will pitch their companies and show what they have achieved under the guidance of our dedicated mentors and staff. Meet these devoted entrepreneurs, learn about their ventures and enjoy some appetizers and drinks.

September 8-12 | Move-In Weekend

  • September 8-9 | Assisted move-in days for freshman and transfer students
  • September 10 | Self-guided move-in day for freshman and transfer students
  • September 10 & 12 | Self-guided move-in days for continuing student
  • September 11 | Assisted move-in day for continuing students

For information on preparing for move-in weekend, please see our August newsletter HERE. For more information about move-in, CLICK HERE.

September 8 | Gathering on the Green | 4-6 p.m. on Dexter Lawn

Parent and Family Programs invites all students, parents, and supporters to celebrate move-in with food, fun, and remarks from the President. This reception is a chance for parents and supporters to meet and mingle, make connections, and share tips on how to best support our new Mustangs. RSVP HERE.

September 10 | $100 Visa Gift Card Give-Away!* | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Visitor Center (895 Monterey Street)

*See the story above for more information, rules, and regulations.

September 10 | Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Mary’s | 4 p.m. in Spanos Stadium

Tickets are complimentary for all parents and supporters who wish to attend and will be available for pickup on campus throughout the weekend.

September 10 | Evening with the President | 6-8 p.m. on O’Neill Green

All parents, supporters, and family members are invited to join President Armstrong for an evening of food, music, and mingling. Connect with university leaders and other Cal Poly parents and families to celebrate the beginning of your student's Cal Poly journey. RSVP HERE.

September 10 | Big Fall Welcome | 8 p.m. in Spanos Stadium

Directly following Evening with the President, join the campus community as we welcome new students at the Big Fall Welcome in Spanos Stadium beginning at 8 p.m. With your student already in their Week of Welcome (WOW) group, you'll have the rare opportunity to witness the spirited start of WOW from the stadium bleachers in the company of fellow new Mustang families.

September 10-17 | Week of Welcome

For information on what to expect for WOW as a parent or supporter, please see our August newsletter HERE. For more information about WOW, CLICK HERE.

September 17-26 | Panhellenic Recruitment

  • September 17 | Recruitment check-in process | 1-4 p.m. in UU 220 on a drop-in basis
  • September 17 | Recruitment application and registration fee due by 4 p.m.
  • September 17 | Mandatory Recruitment Orientation | 6-9 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium
  • September 21 | Recruitment selection process begins
  • September 26 | Bid Night (marks end of recruitment selection process)

To register for Panhellenic Fall Recruitment 2017, CLICK HERE.

For a list of chapters that fall under Panhellenic, CLICK HERE.

September 17-October 9 | Interfraternity Council Recruitment

  • September 17 | Club Showcase
  • September 20 | Interfraternity Council Informational Session | 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. in Buiding 28
  • October 1 | Interfraternity Council Informational Session | 7-8 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium
  • October 2 | Interfraternity Council Recruitment Kickoff BBQ | 4 p.m. on Dexter Lawn
  • October 2-9 | Interfraternity Council Rush Week

For a list of chapters that fall under Interfraternity Council, CLICK HERE.

September 18 | An Evening of North Indian Classical Music | 7:30-10 p.m. in Spanos Theatre

September 20-22 | United Sorority & Fraternity Kickoff | in the UU Plaza

The United Sorority and Fraternity Council and its chapters pride themselves on culture, community service, academics, brotherhood and sisterhood, and leadership. Throughout the week, member chapters of USFC will be tabling to provide information to any interested Cal Poly students to learn more about our organizations and our values.

September 21 | LatinX Info Session for Latino/a Fraternity and Sorority Life | 6-8 p.m. in UU220

All Cal Poly Students who are interested in learning about what Latino/a Greek Organizations have to offer are encouraged to come, to network, and to ask questions. This Informational session is designed to introduce, and inform Cal Poly Students about Latino/a Fraternity & Sorority Life.

September 22 | Women's Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton | 7 p.m. in Mott Gym

September 23 | Women's Volleyball vs. UC Riverside | 4:30 p.m. in Mott Gym

September 23 | Cal Poly Football vs. Northern Arizona (Hall of Fame Game) | 6:05 p.m. in Spanos Stadium

September 25 | Poly Body + Being | 12-1 p.m. in the Rec Center Training Room (043-0109)

Students can participate in this four-part workshop series with wellness and nutrition expert, Louellen Ferreira to learn more about nutrition and work on health and wellness goals.

September 26 | Computing Career Fair | 5-8 p.m. at the Madonna Inn Expo Center

September 27 & 28 | Fall Career Fair | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Rec Center

  • Network with Employers: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Interviews by Invitation: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

For more information about career fairs, CLICK HERE.

September 27 – October 6 | United Sorority & Fraternity (USFC) Recruitment

  • September 27 | USFC Recruitment Kickoff
  • September 28-October 6 | USFC Rush Events (hosted by each chapter)

For a list of chapters that fall under United Sorority and Fraternity Council, CLICK HERE.

September 28 | Study Abroad Fair | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Dexter Lawn

September 28 | Swimming and Diving vs. Washington State | 6:30-10 p.m. at Anderson Pool

September 29 | Swimming and Diving vs. Cal | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Anderson Pool

September 29 | US Air Force “Airmen of Note” Jazz Band Free Concert | 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center

September 30 | George Saunders | 8-10 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center

For Athletic event tickets, CLICK HERE. For Performing Art Center event tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

September 1 | End of summer term

September 1 | First installment of housing payment plan and dining payment plan for 2017-18 is due

September 4 | Academic Holiday – Labor Day observed

September 6 | Part 1 of AlcoholEdu and Haven required courses for incoming students is due (Part 2 is due on November 3rd)

September 8 – 9 | Assisted move-in for incoming freshmen and transfer students from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 8 | Gathering on the Green 4-6 p.m.

September 9 | September SLO Days Session

September 10 | Self-guided move-in for incoming freshmen, transfer, and continuing students from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 10 | Evening with the President 6-8 p.m. on O’Neill Green

September 10 – 17 | Week of Welcome

September 11 | Assisted move-in for continuing students from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 11 | 1st financial aid disbursement for fall quarter made

September 11 | Open Enrollment for fall quarter ends; last day to add a class without a permission number

September 12 | Self-guided move-in for continuing students from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 12 | Financial aid deferred registration and tuition fees for fall quarter due

September 14 | Fall quarter classes begin

September 14 | 1st direct deposit refund for excess financial aid for fall quarter made

September 25 | Last day to add or swap a class with a permission number; last day to drop classes and select CR/NC grading

September 25 | Last day for students to log in and adjust their PolyPlan to avoid being placed on the last rotation appointment for winter registration

October 20 – 22 | Mustang Family Weekend

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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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