New Scholar Expectations 2021-22

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

 
Required
  • Reside in the designated Cal Poly Scholars residential learning community for Year 1 Scholars while enrolled during the academic year
  • Complete the housing application for the residential learning community for Year 2+ Scholars 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:

  • Reasonable accommodations as determined by the Disability Resource Center

  • 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.

To learn more about first-year, on-campus housing requirements, including possible exemptions, visit housing.calpoly.edu/freshman_live_on_requirement.

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.
 
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  Program Participation

Year 1 Scholars

 
Required (starting fall 2021)

Choose one of the following two options to fulfill this requirement:

  1. Join and participate in the Scholar Mentorship Program and engage in a minimum of three (3) individual or group events with your Scholar Mentor. (Details regarding sign-up will  be shared this summer).
  2. Engage in a minimum of three (3) workshops / events hosted by the Cal Poly Scholars program. Approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated accordingly via publicity and the Scholars Events webpage.
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals

New Transfer Scholars

 
Required (starting fall 2021)

Choose one of the following two options to fulfill this requirement:

  1. Join and participate in the Scholar Mentorship Program and engage in a minimum of three (3) individual or group events with your Scholar Mentor. (Details regarding sign-up will  be shared this summer).
  2. Engage in a minimum of three (3) workshops / events hosted by the Cal Poly Scholars program. Approved workshops, events and other engagement opportunities are indicated accordingly via publicity and the Scholars Events webpage.
Encouraged
  • Participate in university, department, academic college, and club workshops and events that support your personal and professional interests and goals
 
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  Advising & Academic Achievement

Year 1 Scholars

 
Required
  • Participate in and pass the UNIV 100 course for first-year Scholars
    • All Year 1 Scholars are block enrolled into UNIV 100 (fall 2020)
    • Note: if you are not in attendance at the ‘Academic Planning’ class session, you will be required to meet with your Mustang Success Center advisor or attend a make-up workshop covering the same information
  • Engage in at least one (1) 1:1 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
    • Attend the ‘Academic Toolkit’ session with the Mustang Success Center
  • Scholars with a cumulative CPSLO GPA of < 2.5 and/or on AP/DQ (Academic Probation/Disqualification) will have additional advising and/or participation requirements aligned and/or hosted by the Mustang Success Center, University and/or academic colleges
    • Being on AP (Academic Probation) does not impact your eligibility to be a Cal Poly Scholar, though depending on your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), it may impact your scholarship and other financial aid.
    • A general definition of SAP is to maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA and successfully complete at least 75% of attempted units for financial aid eligibility
Encouraged
  • Determine and strive for a personal CPSLO cumulative GPA goal (we recommend at least 2.75)
  • Reach out to advisors for academic resources and support

New Transfer Scholars

 
Required
  • During fall term you will be contacted by an academic advisor or retention specialist to schedule one (1) required advising appointment or workshop to ensure you are receiving the support you need as you begin your journey at Cal Poly
  • In the event you have a rough quarter and are on Academic Probation (AP), you will be contacted by an academic advisor or retention specialist to schedule a required advising appointment or workshop
    • Being on AP (Academic Probation) does not impact your eligibility to be a Cal Poly Scholar, though depending on your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), it may impact your scholarship and other financial aid
      • A general definition of SAP is to maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA and successfully complete at least 75% of attempted units for financial aid eligibility
    • If your academic college requires an advising appointment to meet AP (Academic Probation) requirements, that appointment will satisfy this requirement
    • Scholars are expected to follow up with advisor or retention specialist contact in a timely fashion
  • You are highly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from your 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
Encouraged
  • Determine and strive for a personal CPSLO cumulative GPA goal (we recommend at least 2.75)
  • Reach out to advisors for academic resources and support
 
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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
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  Expectations Agreement 2021-22

Scholar Definitions
Year 1 Scholars New Cal Poly Scholars who are enrolled in their first 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
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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