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What is SI?

Summer Institute is an academic orientation program held annually for newly admitted freshmen. SI will help you make a successful transition from high school to college.

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Summer institute offers three courses: Psychology 201, Psychology Discussion Group, and an English course. These courses have been proven to provide incoming freshman with the most important and relevant topics.

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Special Events

Summer Institute offers many activities including two banquets, a trip to the local Farmer's Market to taste what San Luis Obispo has to offer, a hike to the Poly "P", and a BBQ to close out the program.

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Total costs come out to just under $3,400 with EOP students who have filled out their FAFSA receiving full assistance to cover the fees. Financial Aid is available to students.

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Student Comments

"Coming from a small high school in northern California, I was really uneasy attending a major university like Cal Poly. SI provided a smooth transition between these two worlds...." —Rodolfo Chacon

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Special Events

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In addition to classes, Summer Institute participants have several special events like two banquets, a hike to the Poly "P", and going to Farmer's Market to look forward to

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Alumni Banquet

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2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the Summer Institute. Be sure to check out the great pictures from the event!


Student Comments

"By the time fall quarter rolls around, all the people are lost and you know just where to go, so SI really allows you to become knowledgeable of the campus and to meet some great people that will help you in the future."

—Nuno Costa

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