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Residential Campus Community


Student Affairs is dedicated to building a 24/7 residential campus experience that promotes academic success, personal growth, persistence to graduation and promising careers.

Student success is our core purpose and we are committed to working with our campus partners to expand programs and improve services in support of a vibrant and inclusive Cal Poly living community.  

Current Priorities

  • Educate the campus community about yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribal culture and values, and Cal Poly’s historic partnership with the Northern Chumash
  • Collaborate with on-campus partners to develop the next phase of Cal Poly residential campus community, including a Greek Life village
  • Continue the transition to a two-year residential campus experience through expanded on-campus housing, services and programs
  • Expand academic support services and provide equal access to all students
  • Increase Student Affairs’ fundraising efforts to develop critical facilities that enhance Cal Poly’s residential community
  • Enhance diversity and inclusion education and policies within Fraternity and Sorority Life

Past Priorities and Achievements

AY2017-18 Highlights

Facility investments

  • University Housing, ASI, and many other areas contributed to the successful integration of more than 900 additional students in fall 2017 due to increased enrollment.
  • Opened Doerr Family Practice Field and Miller Capriotti Athletics Complex in partnership with multiple departments across campus
  • University Housing installed $2.5M in fire sprinklers in Yosemite Halls and added exterior pathway LED lights around the towers.

Technology improvements

  • Made several improvements to the technology service outages in order to minimize disruptions to on-campus operations and events.
  • Implemented StarRez, a new software that provides students with an easy-to-use and more flexible room application and assignment process, including online payments and room self-selection for continuing students.
  • Launched Cal Poly Now, a mobile application to drive engagement of student events and resources. Created more than 18 guides, resulting in 850,000 sessions (views).

Building community

  • Established a partnership with yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini tribe, San Luis Obispo's Indigenous People, in support of the yakʔitʸutʸu residential community opening in fall 2018.
  • Made several enhancements to residential life programming and support networks. This includes monthly Poly Chats, foundational interactions that address building community, the impact of personal actions on self/community, and more.
  • ASI supported more than 20,000 events at ASI facilities across campus; 1,460 were supported by the university’s student event management team.
  • Parent and Family Programs welcomed a record-breaking 8,100 parent/family/alumni guests to campus for Mustang Family Weekend, a 21-percent increase over the previous year.
  • Student Government, in collaboration with ASI Club Services, allocated $130,295 of ASI Club Funding to over 230 chartered Cal Poly recognized student organizations in support of their club operations and events.

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