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October 2, 2023

Cal Poly Honors Wins 1st Place at the National Collegiate Honors Council Newsletter competition....again! 

In June 2023 we submitted our Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Newsletters to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) annual newsletter competition. Recently we were informed that we won 1st place!! NCHC represents Honors programs nation-wide which means we were competing with schools all over the US. This will be the 5th time we received 1st place in the last six years! We will be presented the award at the Annual National Collegiate Council conference on November 10th in Chicago, Illinois.
Congrats to the following Honors students who worked hard last year to put together our winning Newsletters.
Kayla Igataki, Editor
Kelly Andrus
Angel Gaytan
Chloe Keely
Isabella (Ella) Mahan
Reva Moolky
Riya Parekh
Ashley Sanft

Do you have priority registration for Winter 2024?

Cal Poly provides Special Exception Registration Status (i.e. Priority Registration) to first- and second-year students who are members in good standing in the Honors Program. Students with Special Exception status may register first according to Cal Poly's registration appointment schedule. See module 2.12 of the Canvas Honors Handbook to learn more about the requirements to be in good standing to receive Special Exception status. First years, you will learn more about registration and your Honors Requirements in HNRS 100 this quarter.

Join an Honors Committee!!

We are looking for volunteers for a number of our Honors Committees. Its a great way to be more involved in Honors. Its also a way to earn your Leadership co-curricular! Read about each committee and then use the links below to apply! Applications are DUE OCTOBER 6TH!!

Newsletter: Are you interested in writing or graphic design? The Honors Newsletter is looking for people interested in either to work on the award-winning Honors Newsletter! Newsletter editors will get to know more about the Honors Program by working in a team of 6-8 people to produce a publication about the people and latest events happening in the Honors Program. Check out the Spring 2023 newsletter!

Food Pantry Garden: The Cal Poly Food Pantry Garden is looking for Honors volunteers!  Our mission is to provide Cal Poly students with fresh organic produce and opportunities to learn about food and nutrition education. We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for gardening, food, and community service. Experience with social media is welcomed but not necessary. 

Events: For the Event Planning Committee, we are searching for dedicated Honors students who are committed to expanding and representing the Honors Program via socials, registration events, and other campus activities. As we are missing an Honors Commons this Fall, we need creative minds to help us protect our community and establish meaningful connections. 

Marketing/Communications: The Honors Marketing/Communications Team is a great opportunity for anyone interested in developing their communication, creative, and outreach skills! If you’re into social media, video/photography, graphic design/communications, or want to learn, this could be a great role for you and an excellent opportunity to get involved in your Honors community! 

Application Forms:





Meet the Honors Leadership Team!

Check out the faculty, staff and students who make up the Honors Leadership Team! We are all here to help you so feel free to reach out to anyone on the team if you have questions.

Temporary Spaces for Honors....

Until we have our assigned Honors Commons here is what we have arranged so far for Fall quarter: 

  • Building 197 (Bonderson), Room 104 every Wednesday from 3-6pm reserved for Honors students.  This will be open to any Honors student who needs space to study, work on group projects, or just hang out.  
  • You can still access the Honors copier in Building 116 (Jesperson), Room 212. The copier is connected to a computer for anyone who needs to print. 
  • Jenni's office is Building 116, Room 212 (with the copier!)
  • Dr. J's temporary office is Building 47, room 23F

As we reserve more spaces for Fall we will add to the Weekly Update.

Take an Honors Seminar!!

There are still seats available in the Honors Seminars (HNRS 299) we are offering in Fall. Remember HNRS 299s can count toward your required Honors Electives. First years, consider taking a seminar if you have room in your schedule!

Need a permission number?

If you have completed a Co-curricular or Track experience and are ready to take HNRC 200-02, HNRC 200-03 and/or HNRS 361 email for permission numbers. REMEMBER we are only offering HNRS 361 in Fall23 & Winter24. HNRS 461 will be offered in WN24 & SP24.

Looking for Honors advising?

Find out more about Peer Advising on the honors website. Also our Honors Ambassadors are available as a resource to all Honors students to share about their experiences in Honors (e.g., balancing Honors & major requirements, requirements of the Honors program) and as Cal Poly students more generally.


Dr. J's Fall Quarter Office Hours:

Tuesdays: In person 12:30 to 2:00pm in my office, Building 47, Room 23F.

Thursdays: Zoom office hour 1:00 to 2:00pm:

Thinking of changing your major?

Be sure to attend one of Cal Poly's Change of Major workshops. If you are interested in changing into or within an engineering major, attend an Engineering Change of Major workshop.

Campus Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Remember if you study abroad this will count as your Track requirement! See Module 2.9 in the Honors Handbook for more information about the Track requirement.

Join the NEW Honors LinkedIn page!

Honors has a new LinkedIn page! Connect with us at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Honors Program. Members of the Honors community may become important professional connections in the future! 

Follow us on Instagram!

Follow us on our Honors Instagram page!

Planning your schedule for THIS YEAR??

Use the Tentative Course Offerings link to see what Honors courses will be offered this academic year. 

If you are thinking of pursuing a health-related career (e.g. medicie, nursing, occupational therapy) check out Cal Poly's Pre-Health Advising website. Click on the Careers tab for information about prereqs for specifc professional programs.

Check out what's happening at Career Services THIS WEEK!

Don't miss the workshops and events to prepare you for your profession or graduate school. Click on the Career Services website.

Explore Student Diversity & Belonging events & resources!

The mission of Student Diversity & Belonging is to support and empower students experiencing marginalization, through intersectional advocacy and cultural connections to build a more just and equitable Cal Poly community.


See Module 2.8 of the Student Handbook for more information about Honors required Co-curricular experiences. Please see the Co-Curricular Experiences link under the Current Students tab for the steps to take to fulfill this requirement. We will post new opportunities that you can consider for fulfilling these requirements as they come up.


See the announcement above on Honors Committees!!

How to submit an announcement for the Weekly Update!

If you have an event that you want to share with our Honors Community, please complete the form (see link below). Announcements received by Sunday 11:59pm will be included in the Weekly Update posted on Monday.

Looking for Campus COVID Information?

Find campus information and requirements on Cal Poly's Coroavirus website.

Need someone to talk to?

Reach out to Cal Poly's Counseling Services. They are there to support your emotional health and well being!

Honors Program Information!

Phone: 805-756-7029

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