What is WOW?
Discovery. Connections. Adventure. WOW.
The Week of Welcome program, also known as WOW, is a week-long orientation event held during September. It is a balanced combination of excitement, learning, and new experiences. As a new student to Cal Poly, either a first-year, transfer, national, or internation student, you will participate in activities, events and presentations introducing you to the campus and community. WOW provides a thrilling environment for you to meet new people, become familiar with Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo, and prepare to start your college career.
As a new student, you will be placed in a group of about 10-20 other new students led by two current Cal Poly student Orientation Leaders. Your WOW group will participate in an array of orientation events in addition to activities both on- and off-campus planned by your Orientation Leaders.
This is one Cal Poly experience you do not want to miss!
Benefits to Students
Students who participate in WOW gain...
A connection with:
- Other new students
- Current students
- Their College/departments
- Campus resources
Awareness about topics such as:
- Alcohol and Drugs
- Stress and Depression
- Bystander Intervention
- Body Image, Disordered Eating
- Sex, Personal Safety
- Mental Health
- Healthy Living
Fun things to do in and around San Luis Obispo
- Dining out
- Bon Fires
- Movies, Drive-in
- Dancing – Salsa, Line, Hip-Hop
- and tons more!!!
- Cal Poly Campus
- Campus dining
- San Luis Obispo and surrounding area
- Recreation Center
- Health Center
Most importantly, they are introduced to the academic challenges of attending college. WOW tries to give new students the tools to best adapt to Cal Poly.