Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How much does EPIC camp cost?

Virtual Program $550

  • Fee includes all programming and engineering kit
  • Live two-hour Monday-Friday Virtual Engineering class 
  • Daily live virtual office hours to help with engineering project 
  • Live virtual speakers: Cal Poly Admissions, Industry Speaker, College Life, Engineering Majors, Engineering Student Panels 
  • Live virtual Social Events: Scavenger hunt, talent show, and more 
  • Virtual Tours: Cal Poly, College of Engineering, and Housing 


Residential Program $1,850

  • In-person two-hour Engineering class 
  • Sunday-Friday programming
  • Daily office hours to help with engineering project 
  • Speaker Series: Cal Poly Admissions, Industry Speaker, College Life, Engineering Majors, Engineering Student Panels 
  • Social Events: Scavenger hunt, talent show, hiking, bowling, swimming, recreation center, movie nights, and more.
  • Cal Poly University and Housing Tours
  • Housing on-campus dorms
  • All meals/snacks

When can I apply?

The application process opens on February 2, 2022, and closes on April 15. Because EPIC is an outreach program, acceptance is not based on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we do start processing applications as they come in so it is best to apply early if you are interested in a financial need-based scholarship.

How to Apply

Can I attend a session for a different grade level?

No.  Please apply only apply to the week in which you are eligible based on your rising (fall) grade.  

Can I apply if I am an out-of-state or international student?

Unfortunately, at the moment we are not accepting international students for either the virtual or residential programs due to COVID.  Out of state students must show proof of both COVID and booster vaccine before attending. 

Are Non-Citizens eligible to attend EPIC?

US citizenship is not required for EPIC eligibility.

Can I stay off-campus rather than in the dorms?

Housing is only for the residential program. The residential program option is designed to offer campers an around-the-clock university experience. Scholarships will be available if affordability is a concern.  Please contact us if you have a medical condition making a campus stay difficult.

Is there a residential option if I live out of town?

If a residential summer program is offered we will have on-campus housing for all students.  However, we will not offer on-campus housing for students registered in the virtual programs.


The residential program is designed to offer campers an around-the-clock university experience. Scholarships will be available if affordability is a concern. Please contact us if you have a medical condition that would make a campus stay difficult. 

I would like to attend, but I cannot afford the cost of the camp. Is financial assistance available?

Thanks to donations from EPIC’s industry sponsors, need-based scholarship funds are available. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship if you need assistance.

How to Apply

What are the camp hours?

Virtual Program

8:30-9:00 am             Hangout Social Activities

9:10am-11:00am        Engineering Class

11:10am-12:00pm      Programming Class

1:10pm-2:00pm          Engineering Fields Presentations / Virtual Tours

2:10pm-3:00pm          Office Hours

Residential Program 

Residential: Check In Sunday 3:00 pm  / Check Out Friday 3:00 p.m.

Please check back again in December for program schedules.

Why are sessions limited to only some grade levels?

Each session has grade-appropriate content and activities designed for student development and focus.

What are the qualifications for acceptance?

EPIC is open to all rising 6th-12th graders. The program’s primary goals are to attract more female, first-generation and low-income students to the field of engineering and inspire them to choose it as a career path. However, ALL students are welcome to apply regardless of background. Acceptance into EPIC is based on the essay you write and an indication (from your GPA, the classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, etc.) that you have applied yourself to your studies. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program.

Requirements for virtual program: Students must have access to a computer, reliable internet, and a non-school district-issued email address.

My child is not female or a first-generation college student. Can he/they still attend?

Yes. EPIC is open to all students.

Will attending EPIC increase my chances of getting into Cal Poly?

Attending EPIC has no bearing on acceptance to Cal Poly. In addition, it does not reflect on the chances of getting accepted to Cal Poly.

We recommend students report on their CSU admission application that they did EPIC the summer heading into their senior year as Cal Poly only looks at a student’s last 36 months of extra-curricular. Students should also report the number of hours spent involved in engineering-related activities from EPIC in addition to any other experience in clubs, sports, community volunteering, etc. on the application.

When will I know if I've been accepted?

Notifications will be sent out within two weeks of the closing of the application deadline.

Can I drive to the camp?

If the student is legally eligible to drive, they may choose to drive themselves. Campus parking permits can be purchased at the kiosk located at Cal Poly’s Grand Avenue entrance. We recommend purchasing a weekly parking permit before parking.  Parking permits are strictly enforced and cars without a permit will be cited.

I've been accepted. How long do I have to register?

Please check your admission email for registration deadlines.

What is 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. $200 minimum registration fee and the 3% credit card charges are not refundable. Refunds to credit cards will be assessed an additional 3% transaction fee.

What transportation is provided?


If needed, transportation to and from the San Luis Obispo airport can be arranged only on Sunday of check-in and Friday after check out.

If I'm on the waiting list, when will I know if I've been accepted?

The first round of students accepted to the program has until May 15th to register. After this date, we will begin accepting students off the waiting list. You may be notified up to a week before camp begins if an accepted camper cancels.

Will meals be provided?

Yes, meals are provided ONLY for the residential program. EPIC will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. If you have any dietary restrictions, please make sure you state that during the online registration process. We recommend packing daytime and nighttime snacks. The dorms do have a mini fridge, vending machines, and microwaves.

What should I bring to camp?

Linens (sheets, blankets and pillow case) and a pillow will be provided. Students are welcome (and encouraged) to bring their own towel (towels are small), sheets, blankets & pillow if they prefer.

Please be sure to pack the following items along with your clothes. See the EPIC Dress Code below for specifications on appropriate camp clothing.

  • N95 mask (Must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Other masks that may be used are: KF94, KN95, Double mask, and Fitted surgical mask)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sneakers for hiking
  • Socks for bowling
  • Long pants (some labs require long pants)
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for night activities (it gets cold at night in SLO)
  • Bathing Suit (please see dress code) and Beach Towel 
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.


Optional Items

  • Shower Shoes
  • Snacks (Rooms have refrigerators in them and all items must fit in the mini-fridge. Keep in mind you will be sharing the room with at least one camper. DO NOT BRING CANDY OR SUGARY SNACKS AS THEY ATTRACT ANTS!)
  • Phones are allowed but may not be used during camp activities.
  • Camera
  • Spending money for snacks, Starbucks, arcade, and University Bookstore.
  • Earplugs
  • Small fan for dorm
  • Flashlight for a night hike

Please see our residential page for information about what to bring.

What are the COVID-19 regulations?

A negative PCR test or COVID vaccination proof is NO longer required. However, we recommend you take an at-home test before check-in on Sunday. We will be offering testing at check in as well.  Participants who are COVID positive will not be allowed to stay. 

Participants who show signs of COVID-19 will be given a test to self-administer. If a participant becomes COVID-19 positive during EPIC, they will be required to isolate and guardians will need to pick up within 24 hours of being notified. 

How will roommates be assigned?

Roommates are randomly assigned based on gender, age, and grade level.  We try to accommodate roommate requests but make no guarantees. Once you are accepted and make payment, please send any roommate requests.

Can parents volunteer to help?

Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to take parent volunteers for the residential program.  However, if you are a parent who is an engineer and would like to be a guest speaker for our virtual program, please email

What is your mailing address?

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

Please do not mail items to camp participants as we do not guarantee they will arrive on time.

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