Transfer Program

Engineering Student Services is passionate about helping transfer students. To provide new transfers an enriched experience during their first year at Cal Poly, we have created the Transfer Advising Program (TAP). For new transfer students, please refer below for a quarter by quarter list of items that will help prepare you for a well-rounded experience your fist year at Cal Poly. Note, our office will host special events exclusively for you! They are italicized below.    

It is our mission to increase retention and graduation rates of transfer students by easing the transition to Cal Poly through programming which enhances academic, social and professional growth.

TAP Learning Outcomes include: Developing awareness of campus resources, including how and when to use them, create a social support amongst your peers, faculty, staff and advisors, facilitate discussion of creating professional networks to enhance career and internship opportunities, and enhance knowledge of degree requirements including navigating through university and college policies and curriculum.

Transfer Advising Checklist

Preparing for Fall Quarter 2016

  • Review and prepare for registration by watching the videos and reading the website.  You will want to become familiar with this website, as it will be a great resource throughout your time at Cal Poly.
  • Attend Transfer Student Life Orientation Days.  Advisors will assist students with course planning and registration. If you cannot attend SLO Days, you are recommended to 1) review 2) meet with an academic advisor in person to discuss course planning and registration. Please call our main line (805) 756-1461 to schedule your appointment.
    • The presentation given on SLO Days can be found HERE.
  • Attend Week of Welcome (WOW).  At WOW, transfer students will meet your academic advisors and college administrators.
    • The presentation given at WOW can be found HERE.
  • Attend TAP Into Your Peers: The transfer social game night event is a fun atmosphere designed to help you connect with your peers, staff and faculty. Our hope is for you to develop a social supportive network to help you navigate your college experience.
  • Research job/co-op/internship opportunities within your field of interest (many companies start searching in early September for candidates).

Fall Quarter 2016

  • TAP Into Your Academic Advisor: You are expected to meet with your academic advisor in the fall quarter to discuss your academic progress (see contact link above or at the right to schedule your appointment with an advisor).
  • TAP Into Your Faculty Advisor: Meet with your faculty advisor during office hours. Visit to learn about faculty advisors and determine how to meet your faculty advisor. When meeting your faculty advisor, prepare questions about course material or your career interests and ask for their advice.  
  • TAP Into Your Potential- “Land that Internship” Workshop: This is an exclusive career & professional development event for transfer students. You will learn how to develop your “elevator pitch” when approaching a company, how to engage industry representatives, and polish your resume and cover letter.
  • TAP Into Your Career: Attend Cal Poly’s Career Fair (bring copies of your resume and dress to impress). 
  • TAP Into Study Abroad: Attend the Study Abroad Fair and/or a Study Abroad Information Session to learn about your study abroad opportunities (visit: > select Information Sessions on the bottom left).
  • TAP Into Campus Resources: Attend our Chat ‘N Chew Engineering Resource Fair. Meet representatives from various campus resources and enjoy free appetizers (more details to come).

Winter Quarter 2017

  • TAP Into Your Advisor: Meet with your academic/faculty advisor to discuss progress to graduation and course planning for next quarter.
  • TAP Into Your Career:Check in with Career Services and attend Winter Career Fair.
  • TAP Into Your Campus:Get involved by joining a campus organization related to your major or career goals (
  • TAP Into Industry Insight: At this event, you will learn from panelists comprised of industry representatives and experienced students on how to land an internship, co-op or job, that will provide you with the experience that is essential in today’s job market.
  • TAP Into National Engineers Week (“E-Week”): Participate in the many events planned by Engineering Student Council (more details to come).

Spring Quarter 2017

  • TAP Into Your Advisor: Meet with an academic advisor to review your graduation plan and ensure all paperwork is submitted for substitutions, technical electives, etc.  AERO, BMED, CSC, GENE, ME majors, make sure you have declared your concentration. Visit:, select your major to learn how to declare a concentration.
  • TAP Into your Faculty Advisor: Check in and find out requirements for senior project from your department and begin talking to faculty about possible projects. Also, discuss graduate/professional school and career options with your faculty advisor or career counselor.
  • TAP Into Your Community: Get involved with the Center for Community Engagement—doing so, will enrich your overall Cal Poly experience (
  • TAP Into Celebration: Let’s celebrate your 1st year completed at Cal Poly! Free food will be provided!

Summer Quarter 2017

  • Participate in a summer job/internship/research experience.
  • Take classes; this can help you stay caught up with your flowchart (if applicable).
  • Research employers, salaries and hiring trends for your major through Career Services.
  • Take on personal projects that are related to your career goals to further enhance your skills (ex: learn Java, take apart computers, etc.).
  • Study Abroad: take major/support or GE classes abroad that can help you gain self and cross-cultural awareness, adaptability, problem solving, independence and increased communication skills. Applications for summer programs, depending on the program, are typically Feb – April.