FAQ

Last Updated: 03/08/17

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How many students can attend the Quarter Plus program?

The program capacity is 200 students for Summer 2017.

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What are the minimum requirements to apply to the Quarter Plus program?

All incoming freshmen are invited to apply to the Quarter Plus program.

Requirements

  • Acceptance to attend Cal Poly SLO as a freshman
  • One or more of the following:
    • Cumulative high school GPA (non-weighted) of 3.75 preferred
    • Old SAT combined Math and Critical Reading score equal to 1300 or higher
    • ACT composite score of 29 or higher
    • Compelling responses to application essay
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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, 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 a student participating in the Quarter Plus program experiences academic or personal challenges, 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.

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

Cal Poly is not notified of any AP credit you may have earned until early July. In fact, some AP exams are held in late May, so you are the only person able to determine if you may have AP credit prior to the deadlines for Quarter Plus registration. The Quarter Plus courses would duplicate credits if you have taken (or plan to take) AP exams and earn a qualifying score in areas in the following AP credit chart 2016. We ask that you report which exams you have completed or plan to take before Quarter Plus starts so you can be enrolled appropriately.

AP Test Equivalents GE Area
Art History (13) OR Music Theory (75) C3
Biology(20) B2
US Government & Politics (57) OR US History (07) D1
Comparative Government & Politics (58) OR Economics: Macroeconomics (35) D2
Human Geography (53) OR World History (93) D3
Psychology (85) D4
Biology (20) B2
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I have taken International Baccalaureate (IB) exam(s). How do I determine if the courses offered in Quarter Plus will duplicate my IB credit?

Cal Poly is not notified of any IB credit you may have earned until early July. You are the only person able to determine if you may have IB credit prior to Quarter Plus registration. The Quarter Plus courses would duplicate credit if you have taken (or plan to take) IB exam(s) and earn a qualifying score in areas in the following IB credit chart.

For more information see Cal Poly IB Credit 2016.

IB Test Equivalents GE Area
Biology B2
Geography OR History of Asia & Oceania (route 2) OR History of Europe & Middle East (route 2) OR History of the Americas (route 2) D3
Psychology D4
Biology B2
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I have taken class(es) at a California Community College or another 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?

If you will be receiving credit for a course or a GE area, you should avoid taking a course for which you have already earned credit.

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 information sheet created by the Office of the Registrar “How to Use Assist“ is a valuable resource in determining credit. It is important to use the information sheet to compare the GE areas.

If you have completed coursework at a school other than a California Community 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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I am planning on bringing a car. Do I need to buy a parking permit?

Students living on campus must purchase resident parking permits.

Resident permits are extremely limited for the school year. The Waitlist for permits open July 1 and go on sale at the end of August. They are valid from time of purchase. Students without resident permits by the start of Quarter Plus will need to obtain a daily or weekly permit to park on campus. More information on resident parking and permit waitlist information can be found on the parking website.

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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 Saturday, August 12 in Poly Canyon Village. Optional group activities will be held Saturday night after move-in.

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

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

During their attendance at Student Life Orientation Days (SLO Days) or during any campus visit, Quarter Plus students can make their first days on campus easier.

  1. A student ID card will be required the moment you step onto campus for dining, library use, city bus access and more. It is the student's responsibility to obtain a student ID card. The PolyCard Services website has specific information about how to obtain the card and how it can be used at polycard.calpoly.edu.
  2. Students can prepare a hand key access code at the Recreation Center to be ready for move-in.
  3. If support from the Disability Resource Center is needed, we strongly recommend meeting with an Access Specialist before Q+ begins. Click here for more information.
  4. Connect with Quarter Plus on Facebook.
  5. Order textbooks once they are announced on the curriculum page
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If I participate in Quarter Plus, should 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.

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

It is possible that one GE class will be transitioned to an Honors class if enough Honors students participate in the Quarter Plus program. Students identified as accepted into the Honors program will automatically be enrolled in the Honors course if it does not duplicate credit already received by that student. The Q+ Honors course will count toward the requirement of two Honors courses per year to maintain “good standing” in the Honors program.

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

You will receive information about applying for Quarter Plus housing after you have been accepted into the program. Visit the Freshmen Housing website for more information at housing.calpoly.edu/freshman_live_on_requirement.

Students' regular fall housing assignment will not be impacted by participation in Q+.

Roommates can be selected for Quarter Plus to live together in PCV. To be compatible roommates, all students selected need to mutually agree to live together.

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I am an International Student. Can I participate in Quarter Plus?

International students may participate in Quarter Plus.

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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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