Scholar Expectations 2020-21

 

By fulfilling specific requirements and striving toward supplemental expectations, Scholars will maintain annual eligibility for financial and programmatic support. Scholar requirements are designed to assist Scholars in fostering an inclusive community of Scholars, building a personal support network for college success, and developing knowledge and skills for lifelong success.

*Scholar requirements are subject to change each academic year.

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  Housing

Year 1 Scholars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Year 1 Scholars have the option to reside at their permanent residence during fall and/or throughout the academic year. Please refer to University Housing’s Fall Housing Updates page for policies, options, and guidelines.
 


Required
  • Reside in the designated Year 1 Scholars residential learning community while enrolled during the academic year*
  • Year 1 Scholars who are also part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are likely to be placed into the EOP Community, as space allows. Year 2 Scholars, including those who are also participating in EOP, are expected to reside in the Year 2+ Scholars Community.
  • Complete the housing application for the Year 2+ Scholars residential learning community during the specified timeframe (typically early winter quarter)
Encouraged
  • Engage and participate in the residential learning community by attending events and meeting your Scholar neighbors
 
*Exceptions to residing in the Scholars residential learning community include:
Additionally, limited exceptions will be granted for Scholars with extenuating life circumstances. To inquire about a possible exemption, please email cpscholars@calpoly.edu.
 

Year 2 Scholars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Year 1 Scholars have the option to reside at their permanent residence during fall and/or throughout the academic year. Please refer to University Housing’s Fall Housing Updates page for policies, options, and guidelines.
 

Required
  • Reside in the designated Year 2+ Scholars residential learning community while enrolled during the academic year*
Encouraged
  • Engage and participate in the residential learning community by attending events and meeting your Scholar neighbors
 
*Exceptions to residing in the Scholars residential learning community include:
  • Reasonable accommodations as determined by the Disability Resource Center
  • Employment as a Resident Advisor/Multicultural Advisor in University Housing
Additionally, limited exceptions will be granted for Scholars with extenuating life circumstances. To inquire about a possible exemption, please email cpscholars@calpoly.edu.
 

Year 3 Scholars

Encouraged
  • Reside in an environment conducive to success on or off-campus. One option includes residing on campus in the Year 2+ Scholars residential learning community (pending availability).
 

Year 4+ Scholars

Encouraged
  • Reside in an environment conducive to success on or off-campus. One option includes residing on campus in the Year 2+ Scholars residential learning community (pending availability).
 

New Transfer Scholars

Encouraged
  • Reside in an environment conducive to success on or off-campus. One option includes residing on campus with other transfer students in the Transfer and Graduate Community.
 

Returning Transfer Scholars

Encouraged
  • Reside in an environment conducive to success on or off-campus. One option includes residing on campus in the Year 2+ Scholars residential learning community (pending availability).
 
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  Workshops and Events

Year 1 Scholars

Required
  • Attend at least three (3) workshops or events hosted by Cal Poly Scholars* in the following categories:
    • Participate in at least two (2) workshops / events hosted by the Cal Poly Scholars program
    • Engage in at least one (1) one-on-one meeting or mentee group gathering with your Scholar Mentor
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

 

Year 2 Scholars

Required
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

 

 

Year 3 Scholars

Required
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

 

Year 4+ Scholars

Required
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

 

New Transfer Scholars

Required
  • Participate in at least three (3) workshops or events hosted by Cal Poly Scholars* in the following categories:
    • Participate in at least two (2) workshops / events hosted by the Cal Poly Scholars program
    • Engage in at least one (1) one-on-one meeting or mentee group gathering with your Scholar Mentor
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

 

Returning Transfer Scholars

Required
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

*Note: approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated in publicity as to how they count toward participation requirements

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  Academic Achievement

Year 1 Scholars

 
Required
  • Participate in and pass the UNIV 100 course for first-year Scholars
  • Engage in at least one (1) academic advising interaction with assigned Mustang Success Center advisor
    • Scholars may be referred to college academic advisors when appropriate
  • Participate in SLO Days during one of the session dates listed for Cal Poly Scholars, and attend the ‘Academic Toolkit’ session with the Mustang Success Center
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Reach out to advisors for academic resources and support
 

Year 2 Scholars

Required
  • Engage in one (1) academic advising interaction with assigned Mustang Success Center advisor
    • Scholars may be referred to college academic advisors when appropriate
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Reach out to advisors for academic resources and support
 

Year 3 Scholars

Required
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Scholars are highly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from their respective academic college at least once per year. Key reasons to meet with academic advisors include:
    • Planning for registration, including reviewing flowcharts and course sequences
    • Exploring academic support and planning resources including tutoring, study tips, etc.
    • Discussing impacts of withdrawals, Leave of Absences, CR/NC, etc.
    • Interpreting academic policies and procedures
 

Year 4+ Scholars

Required
  • Engage in one (1) graduation check with assigned college academic advisor or retention specialist (within 2-3 quarters of graduating)
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Scholars are highly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from their respective academic college at least once per year. Key reasons to meet with academic advisors include:
    • Planning for registration, including reviewing flowcharts and course sequences
    • Exploring academic support and planning resources including tutoring, study tips, etc.
    • Discussing impacts of withdrawals, Leave of Absences, CR/NC, etc.
    • Checking academic requirements for graduation
    • Interpreting academic policies and procedures
 

New Transfer Scholars

Required
  • Engage in one (1) academic advising interaction with assigned college retention specialist or academic advisor. Key reasons to meet with academic advisors include:
    • Planning for registration, including reviewing flowcharts and course sequences
    • Exploring academic support and planning resources including tutoring, study tips, etc.
    • Discussing impacts of withdrawals, Leave of Absences, CR/NC, etc.
    • Checking academic requirements for graduation
    • Interpreting academic policies and procedures
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
 

Returning Transfer Scholars

Required
  • Engage in one (1) graduation check with assigned college academic advisor or retention specialist (within 2-3 quarters of graduating)
  • Maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Scholars with a cumulative GPA of ≤ 2.5 and/or on Academic Probation (AP) or Disqualified (DQ) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements from Cal Poly Scholars, University, and/or academic colleges
Encouraged
  • Set a personal goal of 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Scholars are highly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor or retention specialist from their respective academic college at least once per year. Key reasons to meet with academic advisors include:
    • Planning for registration, including reviewing flowcharts and course sequences
    • Exploring academic support and planning resources including tutoring, study tips, etc.
    • Discussing impacts of withdrawals, Leave of Absences, CR/NC, etc.
    • Checking academic requirements for graduation
    • Interpreting academic policies and procedures
 
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  FAFSA/CA Dream Act

All Scholars

 
Required Encouraged
  • Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid with questions regarding FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application prior to the deadline for completion
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  Personal Responsibility and Conduct

All Scholars

 
Required
  • Abide by all University policies and expectations, including, but not limited to:
    • University Housing resident Handbook and Community Standards Guidelines
    • Office of Financial Aid policies and eligibility requirements regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Additional policies and procedures as outlined by the respective academic colleges
Encouraged

 

 

Scholar Definitions
Year 1 Scholars New Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their first academic year at Cal Poly as non-transfer students
Year 2 Scholars Returning Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their second academic year at Cal Poly as non-transfer students
Year 3 Scholars Returning Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their third academic year at Cal Poly as non-transfer students
Year 4+ Scholars Returning Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their fourth, fifth, or sixth academic year at Cal Poly as non-transfer students
New Transfer Scholars New Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their first academic year at Cal Poly as transfer students
Returning Transfer Scholars Returning Cal Poly Scholars who have completed at least one academic year at Cal Poly as a transfer student
Cohort or Scholar Cohort A group of Cal Poly Scholars who enrolled, for the first-time, at Cal Poly in the same academic year as either Year 1 Scholars or New Transfer Scholars (ex. Scholars who entered during the 2017-18 academic year are in the 2017 Cohort)

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