EPIC-Engineering Possibilities in College shares Cal Poly’s College of Engineering mission “to educate students for careers of service, leadership and distinction in engineering or other fields by using a Learn by Doing, hands-on approach." As one of the college’s outreach programs, EPIC aims to facilitate participant’s exploration of engineering fields and build a community of like-minded individuals.



EPIC-Engineering Possibilities in College summer camp began in 2007 with 20 middle/high school female students as a Cal Poly student half day camp project.  Since then, EPIC has expanded to include four annual sessions accommodating over 640 participants each year.  One session is for middle school students and three for high school students.  All sessions are residential offering participants a more full experience of campus life and ability to envision themselves as college students.


HANDS-ON LABS                            

At EPIC, participants explore the world of engineering in hands-on labs introducing them to the many different fields of engineering:

  • Aerospace           • Civil                    • Environmental               • Materials           
  • Architectural        • Computer           • Industrial                        • Mechanical
  •  Biomedical          • Electrical            • Manufacturing               • Software

The EPIC experience includes designing, building, and testing their own engineering projects!  Projects include solar cars, rockets, programming robots, welding, creating phone apps, building bridges, and more.

Participants learn about real-world projects when they hear and learn from professional engineers during labs and speaker series. Past engineering professionals have been from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Raytheon, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Trust Automation, Melfred Borzall, and Next Intent.

In addition, participants see Learn by Doing in action in campus engineering labs when Cal Poly students show them their projects, such as satellites, prosthetic hands, race cars, concrete canoes, and other products they’ve developed.  Participants also learn a lot from their Counselors.  All counselors are Cal Poly Engineering students!   

To view lab descriptions click on the session you are interested in the EPIC 2019 tab.


CAMPUS FUN              

EPIC isn’t all work and no play. Participants experience life on a university campus and meet new friends during activities that may include rock climbing, bowling, lawn games, swimming, and hikes. EPIC staff also raffles fun items, and hands out free gifts. 



Participants currently in grades 6-11th, are eligible to apply for the EPIC 2019 summer camp. All sessions in 2019 are residential programs only.  Students who graduate in June are not eligible to attend EPIC.

July 7-12:                    Session 1        Grades 6-8

July 14-19:                  Session 2        Grades 9-11

July 21-26:                  Session 3        Grades 9-11

July 28- August 2:      Session 4         Grades 9-11

All sessions check in time is 3-4pm on Sunday of each session.  Check out is 4-5pm on Friday of each session. To view the schedule for each session click on the sessions above.



Online application Opens: February 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM (PST)

Online application Closes: April 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PST)

To submit an application you will need to sign up for a login on the Home page.  Once logged in, you will be able to add a camper and submit an application.  Although the application requires and adult to log in, the participant will need to complete a portion of the application.  This will include submitting an essay answering why they would like to attend EPIC.  A parent/guardian/teacher is able to submit more than one application if they have several students.  Each student will have its own application and will be able to save it and continue at a later time to complete.  However, please make sure that all applications are finalized and submitted by the April 15, 2019 deadline.  This includes the scholarship application.

Applicants do not need to submit a letter of recommendation or send in transcripts. There is also no fee to submit an application.



$1,620 each session 

Registration Fees Cover:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • snacks
  • week-long stay in the campus dorms
  • activities
  • project materials
  • camp t-shirt
  • transportation-(Oakland, San Jose, Hawthorne) 



We strongly encourage participants to apply for a scholarship.  EPIC offers partial and full scholarships to campers based on need.

Scholarship applications are due along with the EPIC application April 15 at 5:00 PM (PST).



A shuttle bus is available for campers to sign up for pick up and drop off from Oakland, San Jose, and Hawthorne areas.  This is free of charge.  However, you MUST sign up for the bus at the time of registration to secure a spot. For additional information on transportation click here.



Admission decisions are sent via email to all applicants on April 27, 2019 after 5pm (PDT).

Decisions are made based on the essay written, interest to learn about engineering, and indication student has applied themselves to their studies based on g.p.a., classes taken, and extracurricular activities. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program. 

For summer 2018, over 1,200 applications were received for 640 spots. Although the majority of participants are from within California, EPIC also has participants from out of state.  2018 had participants from Washington, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, Montana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Iowa, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona.  Some participants were even from out of the country for example, Mexico, India, England, and Costa Rica!



Admitted students must accept by finalizing the registration process stated in the acceptance email by May 18th, 2019 by 5:00 PM (PDT).  All required forms listed here must be post marked by May 25th, 2019 and mail to:

Cal Poly Engineering
1 Grand Ave., Bldg. 192, Rm. 301
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Participants who are admitted from the waitlist after May 18, 2019 will have a week from the admitted date to accept and complete registration and payment.



Full payment must be made by the registration deadline of May 18, 2019.  Participants admitted from the waitlist will be given a one week grace period to complete payment. Participants who are awarded a scholarship will be emailed a special discount code.  The discount will be applied to the registration fee. All payments must be made online using a credit card.  Checks are not accepted. Participants who fail to pay by the deadline will be dropped.

Participants who wish to cancel their registration must follow the cancellation policy. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 15 days prior to the event start date in order to receive a refund. $100 minimum registration fee and 3% credit processing fee is non-refundable.  



Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information. If you still have questions, email us at epic@calpoly.edu or complete the form on the Contact Us page.