Continuing and Transfer/Grad Learning Communities
Updated: April 17, 2023
Residential Learning Communities, or RLCs, 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.
Cal Poly Scholars:
An invitation-only program that provides a two-year residential experience for students from selected California high schools. The key goals of this program are to think critically and creatively, build respect for diversity and work collaboratively and to build scholarly expertise and lifelong learning.
Cultural and Identity Scholars:
Continuing students and Transfer Students
Cultural and Identity Scholar Communities provide opportunities — especially for underrepresented students on campus — to create cultural, social and academic connections in their residential communities. 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:
- APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans) Scholars
- Black Scholars
- Latine/x Scholars
- Cross Cultural Scholars (for any person of color)
- Native American and Indigenous Scholars
- SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) Scholars
Communities will be formed based on 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. Students who hold the above identities are welcome to attend events provided by Cal Poly's Race and Ethnicity community centers found within Student Diversity & Belonging, regardless of where they live.
College-based Communities - CAED, CAFES and ceng
Continuing students only; All Majors Welcome
As students from CAED, CAFEs and CENG are required to live on campus for two years, their colleges have their own Residential Learning Community in campus apartments! College communities afford students the opportunity to live with others in their college/major, often sharing the same classes, while participating in activities that center around their academics, careers and social interests.
This social-based learning community provides an opportunity for students to connect through fun community events and become more integrated into campus life.
Continuing and Transfer Students
Pride is a learning community for LGBTQIA+ identified (including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) students and those in solidarity. It specializes in strong community, leadership, and identity development and education on issues pertaining to sexual and gender diversity at Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community. This living option features gender-inclusive apartments, and students in this residential community are welcome to attend programmatic offerings through the Pride Center available throughout the academic year.
Continuing and Transfer Students
The Substance Free community is for those committed to a living environment of wellness and having a great time without tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. Residents of the Substance Free community sign a Statement of Understanding and agree to live in an environment that is conscientious of the well-being of yourself and others by forgoing substances within the community — even if you are over the age of 21.
Transfer and grad students only
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.