This list is a preview intended to show you the next steps to enrollment as a first-year admit. You will need to manage most of these items through your My Cal Poly Portal.
Accept Your Offer of Admission
Accept or decline Cal Poly’s offer of admission no later than 11:59 p.m. PT May 1. This will be done on the Student Center tab on your My Cal Poly Portal. Remember, you have been offered admission to the major stated on your Portal. It is not possible to change your major prior to enrollment at Cal Poly.
Read the Terms and Conditions of Admission
Once you accept our offer of admission, you should read through the Terms and Conditions of admission and make sure you stay in compliance.
Stay in Touch
Make sure you keep your personal info updated on your MyCalPoly Portal. Be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts list to ensure that you are getting all of our emails.
Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships
If you haven’t already, submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application as soon as possible and have it sent to Cal Poly. Make sure you file by March 2 to maximize your potential aid and scholarship opportunities.
Review Costs of Attendance
Review Costs of Attendance for a breakdown of what you can expect to pay as a first-year student at Cal Poly.
Apply for Housing
First-year students are required to live on campus. The housing application will open in early to mid-March and is accessible through the Housing tab on the MyCalPoly Portal. Only students who accept their offer of admission will be able to apply for campus housing, and the deadline to apply is May 15.
Choose a Dining Plan
All first-year students living on campus are required to choose a dining plan for the academic year.
Learn About Making Payments
You will be able to view your student account information on the Money Matters tab or the Student Center on the My Cal Poly Portal. Cal Poly does not invoice or send paper statements, so you will need to monitor your account on a routine basis. The New Student Guide has more information on your student account and making payments.
Submit Transcripts and Other Documents
Submit your official, final, high school transcript with confirmation of your graduation by July 15. Some students may need to submit other documents such as test scores and will be notified accordingly.
Register for Orientation Programs
First-year students are required to participate in new student orientation programs, Student Life Orientation Days (SLO Days) and the Week of Welcome (WOW).
SLO Days is a two-day program that introduces new students and their families to life as a college student and at Cal Poly. You will be able to choose from a variety of sessions ranging from mid-July through mid-August. More information will be emailed to you prior to the event.
WOW is a ten-day program that allows you to connect with other students and your academic college. The program begins on move-in day and extends through your first week of classes.
Register for Classes
In order to help your transition into Cal Poly, we will enroll you into a full schedule of classes for your first fall quarter and a partial schedule for the following winter and spring quarters. We call this effort block scheduling. You will receive more information about the process over the summer.
Cal Poly requires incoming students to have immunizations for Measles, Rubella and Hepatitis B. We also recommend that Cal Poly students meet the new California Department of Public Health recommendations for College students.
California law requires every student attending Cal Poly to be classified as either a California resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. This residency classification is important because nonresident students pay additional fees each quarter.
International Students will also need to:
Obtain Health Insurance
The CSU requires international students on F-1 and J-1 visas to maintain health insurance coverage while enrolled in classes at Cal Poly.
Learn About Visa Requirements
International students will need to obtain a visa.
Become Familiar with the International Center
Cal Poly’s International Center can help assist with visa and immigration issues as well as provide information, assistance and referral to international students regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns.