FAQ

Last Updated: 06/14/17

Financial Questions:

  1. What is included in the cost of Quarter Plus?
  2. Why do the scholarships only cover the program fee and not the housing or dining fees?
  3. What is the refund policy if I decide not to participate?

Academic Questions

  1. What happens if I do not like the class I am registered in? Can I change my class schedule? What if I do not like the professors or courses I am placed in for Quarter Plus?
  2. What if I already have credit or will have credit for one of the courses offered during Quarter Plus?
  3. Are non-freshmen allowed to apply?
  4. How many hours a day will I be in class?
  5. Which General Education courses will be offered during the Quarter Plus program?
  6. Why are 200-level classes being offered?
  7. If I experience academic or personal challenges in the Quarter Plus program, will there be any support available?
  8. I have taken Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam(s). How do I determine if the courses offered in Quarter Plus will duplicate my AP/IB Credit?
  9. I have taken class(es) at a California college. How do I know which courses or GE areas at Cal Poly I will get credit for? How will this affect which courses I should take during the Quarter Plus program?
  10. Where can I get my textbooks?
  11. Are the study groups mandatory?
  12. I am Applying to the university Honors program. Can I get Honors credit in Quarter Plus?

Housing Questions

  1. Will my roommate be the same for the rest of the year?
  2. Why do we move before the program ends?
  3. Will I have my own room in Poly Canyon Village?
  4. Can I move in to my room assignment before the move-in date?
  5. If I am an out-of-state student, can I ship my belongings early so they are there by the time I arrive?
  6. How will I move out of Quarter Plus housing and in to fall housing assignment?
  7. When can I move in? Will I have time to meet other students in the Quarter Plus program on the first day?
  8. Can I enroll in the Quarter Plus program but not live on campus?
  9. How do I apply for Housing? Can I select a roommate for Quarter Plus?

Dining Questions

  1. What dining options are available?
  2. What is the declining balance system, or Plu$ dollars, and does extra dining money for the Quarter Plus program roll over at the end of the program?

General Questions

  1. How do I receive my PolyCard?
  2. Will the program conflict if I am a part of school sports or marching band?
  3. What is a learning assistant?
  4. Will I have access to the recreation center and the health center?
  5. Will other students be present at Cal Poly while I am participating in Quarter Plus?
  6. If I have a learning disability, am I able to apply to Quarter Plus? Can the program accommodate to my needs?
  7. How many students can attend the Quarter Plus program?
  8. Am I allowed to bring a car?
  9. What can I do this summer to prepare for a smooth transition to campus life?
  10. If I participate in Quarter Plus, should I still participate in Week of Welcome (WOW)?
  11. Do I need to participate in SLO Days?
  12. I am an International Student, can I participate in Quarter Plus?
  13. I am a candidate for Early Start. Can I participate in Quarter Plus?
  14. How do I fill out the waiver packet?
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What is included in the cost of Quarter Plus?

Cal Poly tuition, institutional fees, instructional fees, housing, and dining. There is also learning support and social activities on weekends.

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Why do the scholarships only cover the program fee and not the housing or dining fees?

Quarter Plus is a self-support program run by Extended Education. Housing and Dining are separate departments under the Cal Poly Corporation and have their own policies.

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What is the refund policy if I decide not to participate?

The refund policy is defined on the financial page here. If you have further questions, please contact the Extended Ed office.

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What happens if I do not like the class I am registered in? Can I change my class schedule? What if I do not like the professors or courses I am placed in for Quarter Plus?

Classes and instructors are selected with extra care, taking all aspects such as AP and IB credits, various degree requirements, and previous college courses into consideration. Students are block registered in classes and, unfortunately, there is no flexibility in changing classes due to preference.

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What if I already have credit or will have credit for one of the courses offered during Quarter Plus?

Please inform us immediately about your status change so that we can make necessary adjustments.

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Are non-freshmen allowed to apply?

Unfortunately NO. This program is specifically designed for freshmen.

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How many hours a day will I be in class?

Students are in class approximately 8 hours per day, 4 days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

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Which General Education courses will be offered during the Quarter Plus program?

The Quarter Plus program is designed to provide new students with a head start on their lower division GE Area courses. The tentative curriculum can be viewed on the Classes Page. Students will be enrolled in COMS 101, and one of the other courses listed depending on college credit, AP test scores, IB test scores, degree requirements, and class capacity.

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Why are 200-level classes being offered?

Both 100- and 200-level courses are considered lower division and can be successfully completed by freshmen.

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If I experience academic or personal challenges in the Quarter Plus program, will there be any support available?

Yes! Faculty, staff, and Student Learning Assistants will be available during Quarter Plus. Their goals are to supplement instruction and support students academically and personally through this intensive program. They will be able to help with the rigorous academic experience that the program will deliver. Student Learning Assistants are peer mentors that will not only support students with time management and study skills, but are also available to address any common challenges students face as they transition from high school to Cal Poly. Quarter Plus also has a designated academic advisor, Allie Mundorff.

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I have taken Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam(s). How do I determine if the courses offered in Quarter Plus will duplicate my AP/IB Credit?

Among other factors, we base your enrollment off of AP and/or IB credit that you report to Cal Poly. If that information changes please contact our office and Admissions as soon as possible. If you believe you are placed in a course for which you have credit, again, please contact us as soon as possible. To see what courses AP/IB credit replace, please see this webpage and search by the year you took the exam(s).

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I have taken class(es) at a California college. How do I know which courses or GE areas at Cal Poly I will get credit for? How will this affect which courses I should take during the Quarter Plus program?

We will review the information you submit to Cal Poly. Please contact us as soon as possible with any changes.

If you took a class through a California college, follow these steps to determine which courses or GE areas you will receive credit for:

  1. Go to www.assist.org
  2. Click on the link on the left titled “Using Assist”
  3. The first three Demos listed will help you figure out if:
    • A class you took fulfills a specific major or support requirement
    • A class you took might fulfill a Cal Poly General Education area offered through Quarter Plus

Be sure to select the academic year in which you completed the transfer course.

IMPORTANT: Cal Poly’s GE areas do not match the GE areas that you will see listed in assist.org. The Office of the Registrar's “How to Use Assist“ page is a valuable resource in determining credit. It is important to use it to compare the GE areas.

If you have completed coursework at a school other than a California college:

Check with your Cal Poly advisor to determine if the course you have already taken will duplicate a course in the Quarter Plus program.

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Where can I get my textbooks?

Textbooks will be available for preorder on the Cal Poly University Store website.

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Are the study groups mandatory?

Study groups are not mandatory, but highly recommended. This is time to discuss class topics with your peers, participate in out-of-class activities, review difficult content, and learn to study efficiently.

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I am applying to the University Honors program. Can I get Honors credit in Quarter Plus?

We will offer one section of COMS S101 for honors credit. Students identified as accepted into the Honors program will automatically be enrolled in the Honors section. The Quarter Plus Honors class will count toward the five required honors elective courses. Honors courses are not limited to honors students and other Quarter Plus students may be placed in this section if space permits. Honors students are designated by the Honors Program as having applied and been accepted into the program. For more information regarding the University Honors program visit honors.calpoly.edu.

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Will my roommate be the same for the rest of the year?

Your roommates will change after the Quarter Plus program.

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Why do we move before the program ends?

Housing needs a few days to prepare the rooms for the incoming residents before Fall quarter starts.

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Will I have my own room in Poly Canyon Village?

In Quarter Plus 2018, only single rooms are available. For more information on Housing, contact Cal Poly Housing.

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Can I move in to my room assignment before the move-in date?

Unfortunately, moving is only allowed on the move-in day (August 17, 2018).

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If I am an out-of-state student, can I ship my belongings early so they are there by the time I arrive?

You can talk to Housing about your options.

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How will I move out of Quarter Plus housing and in to fall housing assignment?

There will be movers available to help all students move easily.

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When can I move in? Will I have time to meet other students in the Quarter Plus program on the first day?

Move-in will be Friday, August 17, 2018 in Poly Canyon Village. Optional group activities will be held Friday night after move-in.

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Can I enroll in the Quarter Plus program but not live on campus?

No, the Quarter Plus program is a residential-only program. In our experience, students that live on campus create the tightest bonds, have the best experience, and are more successful in the academically intensive program.

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How do I apply for Housing? Can I select a roommate for Quarter Plus?

University Housing has all the information you need to apply for housing. Visit the Freshmen Housing website for more information at housing.calpoly.edu. Students' regular fall housing assignment will not be impacted by participation in QuarterPlus.

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What dining options are available?

Dinner will be catered every day. Additionally, Plu$ Dollars cards will allow students to buy food at available places on campus. Campus Dining can accomodate all dietary considerations. Please contact their office in advance here.

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What is the declining balance system, or Plu$ dollars, and does extra unspent dining money for the Quarter Plus program roll over at the end of the program?

The declining balance system, or Plu$ Dollars, refers to dining plan declining balance funds. These funds can be used for purchasing food items at all Campus Dining restaurants, food trucks and markets, including Subway, Yogurt Creations, Chick-fil-A, Jamba Juice, Einstein's Bagels and Starbucks! They cannot be used for gratuities or to purchase gift cards, clothing, school supplies, mugs, coffee makers and similar non-food merchandise. Unspent funds roll-over each quarter and expire at the end of spring quarter that year.

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How do I receive my PolyCard?

We will pick these up and give them to you at move-in. Please upload your photo online at this page. If your photo is not uploaded a week before the start of the program you may not receive your PolyCard at move-in which will result in a delay in access to dining services.

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Will the program conflict if I am a part of school sports or marching band?

We will review this case by case.

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What is a learning assistant?

You can go to this link and learn more about Learning Assistants.

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Will I have access to the recreation center and the health center?

Yes.

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Will other students be present at Cal Poly while I am participating in Quarter Plus?

Yes, there will be some students for other programs on campus at different times during the summer.

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If I have a learning disability, am I able to apply to Quarter Plus? Can the program accommodate to my needs?

You are able to participate in Quarter Plus; however, to accommodate your needs you should contact the DRC (Disability Resource Center) in advance.

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How many students can attend the Quarter Plus program?

The program capacity is 200 students for Summer 2018. We will have a waitlist. Summer plans often change for students; when they do, we will contact those on the waitlist.

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Am I allowed to bring a car?

Quarter Plus students are not allowed to bring cars to campus. Freshmen are also not allowed to bring cars to campus Fall to Spring. Your PolyCard grants free SLO Transit bus service. For more transportation options, please see this page.

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What can I do this summer to prepare for a smooth transition to campus life?

  1. Check your email daily for important information.
  2. Check updates on this page, Quarter Plus on Facebook, and quarterplus.calpoly.edu regularly.
  3. A student PolyCard card will be required the moment you step onto campus for dining, library use, city bus access and more. The PolyCard Services website has specific information about how to upload your photo and how it can be used at polycard.calpoly.edu.
  4. Order textbooks once they are announced on the curriculum page.
  5. If support from the DRC (Disability Resource Center) is needed, we strongly recommend meeting with an Access Specialist before Quarter Plus begins. Click here for more information.
  6. Contact Campus Dining with any dietary accomodations (e.g. gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, allergies, etc.)
  7. Prepare a hand key access code at the Recreation Center.
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If I participate in Quarter Plus, should/can I still participate in Week of Welcome (WOW)?

Yes! Quarter Plus will prepare you for your academic career at Cal Poly and introduce you to campus. WOW will provide you with a completely different experience by introducing you to the San Luis Obispo community and helping you make new connections. WOW is required for all freshmen.

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Do I need to participate in SLO Days?

Your SLO Days orientation will take place during Quarter Plus.

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I am an International Student, can I participate in Quarter Plus?

We can no longer accept international students for Quarter Plus 2018 unless you are currently in the U.S. in F-1 Visa Status. We can accept international students who are on an F-1 Visa. In order to be eligible they must also participate in the VISIT program because they are required for their Visa to take 12 units. Students who are interested in this must take at least 4 units in the first 5 week Summer Session (June 25-July 27th) and then they will take the remaining 8 units in Quarter Plus (August 17-September 13). They must apply to both programs. For more information, please contact Cheri Baumgarten if you are interested in this.

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I am a candidate for Early Start, can I participate in Quarter Plus?

Any student required to complete the Early Start Program is ineligible to enroll in Quarter Plus.

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How do I fill out the waiver packet?

If you are selected for Quarter Plus, you will receive a link to the digital waiver packet. Enter your name and email address and if you are currently under 18 your parent’s name and email address as well. Once you sign the packet, an email will be sent to your parent for them to fill out. Our office will automatically receive a copy once it is complete.

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