Continuing Student & Transfer Student Learning Communities

Updated: March 24, 2019

Learning communities in University Housing are a group of students who live together and engage in experiences focused around their field of study, career, identity, or personal interest. All students who live on-campus at Cal Poly are housed in a learning community.

Continuing Student Learning Communities

Cal Poly Scholars
Invite-only: Cal Poly Scholars provides a two-year residential experience for students from California. The key goals of this program are to build a personal support network for college success, foster an inclusive community of Scholars and develop knowledge and skills for lifelong learning.

Continuing Student Success Program
A more general residential learning community, in the Success Program students of all majors can create a dynamic space that promotes academic success, social engagement and independent living. Defining academic goals, exposure to project opportunities and creating a map of coursework and their career beyond Cal Poly are focuses in these neighborhood communities.

PRIDE Community
A learning community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) identified students and their allies that specializes in strong community, leadership and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. This community features gender-inclusive apartments and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

Substance Free
For those committed to a living environment of wellness and having a great time without tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.

Transfer Student Learning Communities

Culture & Identity Scholars
Offered for incoming transfer students, Culture & Identity Scholar Communities provide opportunities — especially for underrepresented students on campus — to create cultural, social and academic connections. These communities also serve as safe spaces for students who identify within the Culture & Identity Scholars Community. We offer the following communities in the application:

  • Asian-Pacific Islander Scholars Community
  • Black Scholars Community
  • Chicanx/Latinx Scholars Community
  • Cross Cultural Scholars Community
  • Native & Indigenous Scholars Community
  • SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) Scholars

Communities will be formed based off of student interest. If there is not enough interest in a specific cultural and identity learning community, students will be offered a space in the Cross Cultural Scholars Community.

PRIDE Community
A learning community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) identified students and their allies that specializes in strong community, leadership and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and in the San Luis Obispo community. This community features gender-inclusive apartments and programmatic offerings through the Pride Center.

Transfer Program
For students who are transferring to Cal Poly from another college, this program gives students opportunities to connect and grow with other transfer students. Students living in this area will receive resources on academic/career support, campus resources and involvement that are specific for the transfer student.

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