Next Steps for New Scholars 2022-23

Congratulations on your acceptance to Cal Poly!

Below are the next steps for incoming students after accepting the Cal Poly Scholars financial award.

Questions? Email cpscholars@calpoly.edu!

Step 1

 

  Attend our SLO Days breakout session

Year 1 Scholars

The following SLO Days sessions are set aside and recommended for incoming Cal Poly Scholars. Registration for SLO Days opens on April 6, 2022. We look forward to meeting you at our breakout sessions during these dates!
  • July 6-7 (virtual)
  • July 8-9 (in-person)
  • July 14-15 (in-person)
  • July 21-22 (in-person)
  • July 26-27 (in-person with possible option of Mustang Express - this date is recommended for Scholars who are also participating in the Educational Opportunity Program)
 
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
The Cal Poly Scholars program will host a breakout session during SLO Days that will feature a program overview, a presentation from our partners in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, and time for Q&A.
  • For in-person sessions, you can also stop by our table at the Resource Fair during Day 2 of SLO Days.
 
REMINDER: As a Cal Poly Scholar, fees related to SLO Days and WOW are covered.
  • If you’ve already paid, please work directly with the Orientation team to request a refund by submitting an Orientation Request Form.
  • Orientation fees will be applied to the accounts of students who decline or are no longer eligible for the Cal Poly Scholars financial award. This can be processed by accessing the "Orientation Events" tab in your MyCalPoly Portal.
  • For SLO Days, the cost of attendance for supporters, additional meals, and merchandise are not covered as part of your Cal Poly Scholars award.
  • For WOW, plan to bring $25 in cash for use while exploring campus and beyond!

All dates are accurate but may be subject to change based on recommendations from Public Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other University or program needs.

New Transfer Scholars

Incoming Transfer Scholars should attend the virtual SLO Days session (August 10 or 11). Registration for SLO Days opens on April 6, 2022. Stay tuned for additional details about Cal Poly Scholars specific breakout sessions.
 
REMINDER: As a Cal Poly Scholar, fees related to SLO Days and WOW are covered.
  • If you’ve already paid, please work directly with the Orientation team to request a refund by submitting an Orientation Request Form.
  • Orientation fees will be applied to the accounts of students who decline or are no longer eligible for the Cal Poly Scholars financial award. This can be processed by accessing the "Orientation Events" tab in your MyCalPoly Portal.
  • For SLO Days, the cost of attendance for supporters, additional meals, and merchandise are not covered as part of your Cal Poly Scholars award.
  • For WOW, plan to bring $25 in cash for use while exploring campus and beyond!

All dates are accurate but may be subject to change based on recommendations from Public Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other University or program needs.

Step 2

 

  Complete your University Housing application

Year 1 Scholars (required)

The 2022-23 Housing Application opens on April 6, and the last day to edit your application is June 1. Learn more at housing.calpoly.edu/student-housing/freshman-student-housing.
 
Notes for incoming Cal Poly Scholars:
  • At Cal Poly, students request to live in a Residential Learning Community -- not a specific building. As a Cal Poly Scholar, you’ll only be able to select a room within the Year 1 Scholars Community.
    • If you are also participating in the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) or TRiO Achievers, you will likely only be able to select a room within those respective communities. Residing in either of those communities fulfills your Year 1 housing requirement for the Scholars program. Note: All Year 2 Scholars, including those who are also participating in EOP and TRiO Achievers, are expected to reside on-campus, and are encouraged to live in the Year 2+ Scholars Community.
  • You can request a roommate who is not a Scholar! As long as you both request each other as roommates, they’ll join you in the Year 1 Scholars Community (even if they’ve requested another community).
  • Looking for a roommate? Consider joining a Facebook group with other incoming Cal Poly students!
  • To learn more about first-year, on-campus housing requirements, including possible exemptions, visit housing.calpoly.edu/freshman_live_on_requirement.

All dates are accurate but may be subject to change based on recommendations from Public Health related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or University, department, or program needs. 

New Transfer Scholars (optional)

Incoming transfer students in the Cal Poly Scholars program are NOT required to live on campus.
 
The 2022-23 Housing Application opens on April 6, 2022 and the last day to edit your application is June 1. Learn more at housing.calpoly.edu/student-housing/transfer-graduate-student-housing.
Step 3

 

  Complete the Cal Poly Scholars Agreement

Year 1 Scholars

Each academic year, Cal Poly Scholars are asked to review and accept or decline an agreement that outlines program benefits, requirements, and expectations specific to your cohort and year in the program.
 
Please use the link below to access the Program Agreement 2022-23 for Year 1 Scholars:
 

New Transfer Scholars

Each academic year, Cal Poly Scholars are asked to review and accept or decline an agreement that outlines program benefits, requirements, and expectations specific to your cohort and year in the program.
 
Please use the link below to access the Program Agreement 2022-23 for New Transfer Scholars:
 
Step 4

 

  Select and order your laptop

As part of the Cal Poly Scholars program you will receive a free, new computer! This device will be yours to keep, so be sure to choose the option that works best for your academic and educational needs.
 
  • Review our step-by-step guide for selecting and ordering your laptop!
  • Ordering Deadlines

    • EOP's Summer Institute Scholar participants: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 11 a.m.
    • Quarter+ Scholar participants: Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5 p.m.
    • All remaining Scholars: Friday, August 19, 2022 at 5 p.m.
    • Orders submitted after August 19 will arrive on campus approximately 3-5 weeks after the order date and can be picked up at the University Store.
  • Please note: due to issues with shipping worldwide, it is possible your device may be delayed further. Therefore, we recommend ordering as soon as possible so your device is on campus before you are!
  • If you have questions about the specific devices available for Cal Poly Scholars, please email cpstoretech@calpoly.edu.
Step 5

 

  Join a mentorship program

Year 1 Scholars

As a new student in the Cal Poly Scholars program, beginning this fall, you will have the opportunity to connect with a Scholar Mentor as a part of the Cal Poly Scholars Mentorship Program! By joining the mentorship program, you will be paired with a mentor who you will be required to meet with a minimum of once (1) per quarter for total of three (3) meetings during the academic year. These connections may include one-on-one interactions, small group gatherings, and/or participating in Scholars community events together.  

A few benefits of having a mentor include:  

  • Tailored peer connection and guidance to support your personal transition to Cal Poly 

  • Clarify university policies and procedures and direct you to campus and community resources and services 

  • Enhanced opportunities for campus and community involvement, such as exploring clubs and organizations and participating in Cal Poly Scholars events. 

More details regarding sign-ups will be sent out later this summer. Keep checking your Cal Poly email for details. 

New Transfer Scholars

As a new student in the Cal Poly Scholars program, beginning this fall, you will have the opportunity to connect with a Transfer Scholar Academic Coach offered through the Transfer Center! By joining the academic coaching program, you will be paired with a Transfer Scholar Coach who you will be required to meet with a minimum of once (1) per quarter for total of three (3) meetings during the academic year. These connections may include one-on-one interactions, small group gatherings, and/or participating in Scholars community events together.  

A few benefits of having an Academic Coach include:  

  • Tailored peer connection from Transfer Scholars and guidance to support your personal transition to Cal Poly 

  • Academic support during your transition to Cal Poly

  • Clarify university policies and procedures and direct you to campus and community resources and services 

  • Enhanced opportunities for campus and community involvement, such as exploring clubs and organizations and participating in Cal Poly Scholars events 

More details regarding sign-ups will be sent out later this summer. Keep checking your Cal Poly email for details. 

Step 6

 

  Attend the Welcome Reception!

Join us in celebrating new Scholars on Friday, Sept 23, 2022 at 5 - 6:30 p.m. for our annual Fall Welcome Reception! 
 

Date: September 23, 2022

Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: MAC 

*Since space is limited, returning Scholars are encouraged to attend/watch Welcome Reception via Instagram live at @calpolyscholars

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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