Sept. 14, 2016

Contact: Nate Alcorn

Cal Poly Welcomes Class of 2020 with Week of Welcome Orientation, Volunteer Service

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome — the kickoff of the 2015-16 academic year — will run Sunday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 25 as the campus welcomes some 5,000 freshmen and transfer students.

Cal Poly’s newest students will begin arriving on campus later this week. Freshman move-in at campus residence halls for out-of-state students will start Friday, Sept. 16, with all other freshmen and new transfer students moving in over the weekend.

WOW, the conclusion of Cal Poly’s three-part orientation program, officially opens with The Big Fall Welcome on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The program will feature Cal Poly President Jeffery D. Armstrong, ASI President Jana Colombini, special guests and others.

WOW programming will extend into the start of the school year, which is a major change this year. Fall classes begin Thursday, Sept. 22. WOW programing will pause for students and their orientation leaders to attend classes, and resume Friday evening and extend through the weekend.

The week ends with a campuswide club showcase where Cal Poly students can meet, engage and learn about the more than 300 campus clubs and organizations available to all students. These range from academic and various sports clubs, to such high profile endeavors as the Rose Parade Float and Cal Poly Tractor Pull.

As one of Cal Poly’s strongest traditions, WOW is mandatory for all new students as they transition to life at Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo. Each student is assigned to one of some 400 groups headed by volunteer student orientation leaders, who complete a 10-week training course during the spring quarter.

While schedules are unique to the individual groups, all students are required to attend several presentations, which focus on the rigors of academics at Cal Poly, transitional challenges for new students, diversity, inclusion and more.

Orientation leaders can create distinctive schedules for their groups as they attend mandatory presentations, explore the community, and participate in on-campus events and entertainment. In addition, groups are able to participate in community outreach and volunteer at dozens of nonprofit organizations around the county.

WOW is the third part of Cal Poly New Student and Transition Programs flagship programs that includes Open House (April) and Student Life Orientation Days (summer).

For more details about the Week of Welcome or New Student and Transition Programs,

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