FAQs

    Financial Questions

  • Cal Poly tuition, institutional fees, and for the residential program only, housing and dining fees. There is also learning support and social activities on weekends.

  • No, simply let us know that you are interested on the application and be sure to apply by April 26, 2021. Scholarship recipients are determined by the Office of Financial Aid based on need.

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

    Academic Questions

  • 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.

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

  • Unfortunately, no. The Quarter Plus program requires that all students be enrolled in Public Speaking (COMS 101). If you are applying for the residential program and virtual option with two courses, you will be also be placed in one other course in the General Education area. Therefore, if you have already completed either public speaking or the GE areas we are offering in the program; we are unable to enroll you in the program.

  • If you let us know what major you are hoping to change to, we will make our best effort to put you in a General Education class that works for both majors, but we cannot guarantee it.

  • Unfortunately NO. This program is specifically designed for first-year students.

  • Students are in class approximately 6 hours per day, 4 days per week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

  • 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 Quarter Plus 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.

  • Both 100- and 200-level courses are considered lower division and can be successfully completed by first-year students.

  • Yes! Faculty, staff, and 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.

  • 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 the Office of the Registrar Page and search by the year you took the exam(s).

  • 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 theAssist Website
    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“ Guide 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.

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

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

  • 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 the University Honors Program Page.

  • On-Campus Program:

    • Students attend class M, T, Th and F.
    • GE classes take place from 9:10 am – 12:00 noon.
    • COMS 101: Public Speaking takes place from 1:10 pm – 4:00 pm.

    Virtual Programs:

    • • Students in the Virtual Program with 1 course take COMS 101 via zoom from 9:10 am – 12:00 noon, M, T, Th and F
    • • Students in the Virtual Program with 2 courses take COMS 101 via zoom from 9:10 am – 12:00 noon and BIO 123: Biology of Sex from 1:10 – 4:00 pm, M, T, Th and F

    Both the on-campus program and the virtual programs have two-hour study sessions on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. There are optional social activities on Wednesdays, Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Cal Poly’s recommendation for academic success is to study two hours per unit perk week. If you are attending the residential program or virtual program with two courses (8 units), you would study 16 hours during the week. Time spent attending study sessions count as study time.

  • Once you sign the Student Agreement and pay your non-reversible $500 program deposit, you may not switch your program option.

    General Questions

  • You can go to the Learning Assistants Page and learn more about Learning Assistants.

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

  • The program capacity is 300 students for Summer 2021. Once the program reaches capacity, students will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should space become available.

  • Unfortunately, no. Due to visa requirements we are unable to accept international students into the program.

  • If you are selected for Quarter Plus, you will be sent a digital Student Agreement via Adobe Sign in early May. Your parent or supporter will also be required to sign the Student Agreement and directions will be included on how to enter their name and email address when you receive the email notification.

  • No, you must be available to attend all Quarter Plus dates starting on Wednesday, August 11 and through the last day of the program, Friday, September 10. Please contact the SLO Days team at orientation@calpoly.edu and they will help you register for a SLO Days orientation that takes place prior to Quarter Plus.

  • After July 10, 2021 (the date remaining program fees are due), there is no reversal for the Quarter Plus program fee.