Freshman Orientation FAQ
- Is orientation mandatory for all students?
- How long is the freshmen orientation?
- Do I have to stay overnight during orientation?
- When will I be able to register for an orientation date?
- What orientation session should I register for if I will be participating in the MEP - Quest Program?
- What orientation session should I register for if I will be participating in the Summer Bridge Program?
- Can I bring parents or family to orientation?
- What else do I need to do to ensure my admission to Cal Poly Pomona?
- Can I get a refund for my orientation fees?
- What if I want to change or reschedule my orientation session after I've already selected one?
Orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfers). When you attend orientation, you’ll get acclimated to the university by taking tours of the campus, learning about important programs and resources, participating in informational workshops, interacting with faculty and staff and getting to know other new students. Most importantly, you’ll get a head start when you receive academic advising and register for your fall classes right at orientation! The programs are designed to have nearly all your questions answered with one visit to campus!
Freshmen orientation is a three-day and two-night experience that allows you to stay overnight in our residence halls. You’ll get a taste of what college life is going to be like on your first day at Cal Poly Pomona.
Yes, freshmen orientation is a mandatory overnight program allowing you to stay in our residence halls. Students are required to attend all components of our program, including Poly Nights, our evening program in which students will participate in interactive games. If you have special circumstances that prevent you from staying in the residence halls, contact Orientation Services.
Registration opens in February 2013 and you will be eligible to register once you pay your Enrollment Confirmation Deposit. Due to limited space and accommodations, advanced registration is required and walk-in participants cannot be accommodated.
To prevent your orientation program and Quest from overlapping, you should register for the July 7-8 Freshmen Orientation program. Quest will operate from July 11 to August 7.
Summer Bridge students must register for an orientation session occurring after July 7.
Our three-day freshmen orientation program is designed specifically for first-time freshmen. We do offer a one-day parent/family orientation program that is designed specifically for the parents and other family members of our new students. The parent family program is scheduled at the same time as the first day of your freshmen orientation.
It is critical that you meet all testing and document deadlines in order to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona. Admission will be cancelled if you do not meet all deadlines.
Should your plans to attend the university change and you have NOT yet attended orientation, you may request a refund no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation date. To do so, you must contact Orientation Services at 909-869-3604 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the refund is not granted automatically and you must contact our office to request it.
Should your plans to attend the university change after you have attended orientation, your orientation fees (including both student and parent/family orientation programs) are non-refundable. You are not eligible to receive a refund after attending orientation, despite any change in your admission status.
When choosing your student orientation date, please select carefully! There is a $15 service fee for requests to change or reschedule your originally selected date.