Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does EPIC camp cost?
Camp Fee: $400
This year's sessions are 100% virtual.
Highlights of the camp:
- 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
When can I apply?
Can I attend a session for a different grade level?
We have expanded the sessions to include different grade levels to best serve the camper’s needs. Students currently in grades 6-8th can only attend the first session. Students currently in grades 9-11 may attend sessions 2-4.
Can I apply if I am an out-of-state or international student?
Yes, we accept both out-of-state and International students. However, the EPIC program is not able to provide visas for International students.
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?
Is there a residential option if I live out of town?
EPIC 2020 will be fully residential.
We hope to have residential program again in 2021. All sessions in 2021 will have residential program options. They will be 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.
What are the camp hours?
EPIC 2020 will only be a virtual camp held Monday-Friday. Required live virtual Engineering lab/class meetings will be 9a.m.-11a.m. followed by office hours, speakers, daily social activity, engineering field student panels, and more. Programming will end at 3pm daily except for on Friday when it will end at 11am. Some of the afternoon scheduled activities will be optional.
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 students currently in grades 6-11 or rising 7th-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: 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 your acceptance to Cal Poly. Also, if you do not get accepted to EPIC, it does not reflect on your chances of getting accepted to Cal Poly. A small percentage of EPIC attendees receive acceptance to Cal Poly.
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?
EPIC 2020 will be a completely virtual camp. Due to COVID-19 most offices and departments will be closed. We do not recommend visiting the camp during the summer.
However, in 2021 we hope to be able to offer a residential program in which if you are legally eligible to drive, you may choose to drive to Cal Poly. Campus parking permits can be purchased at the kiosk located at Cal Poly’s Grand Avenue entrance.
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. $100 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?
EPIC 2020 will be a fully virtual program. Therefore, transportation will not be provided.
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 have until May 18h 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 food be provided?
EPIC 2020 will be a fully virtual program. Therefore, meals will not be provided.
What should I bring to camp?
EPIC 2020 will be a fully virtual program.
How will I be assigned to a group?
You will be assigned to a group based on your track preferences and grade level. After your registration is complete, you will be given information on how to select your track preferences. You will be able to review the lab offerings and select your top three choices for track placement. Each group will include 10 campers and a Cal Poly student counselor. We try our best to match you with your preference but make no guarantees.
How will roommates be assigned?
EPIC 2020 will ONLY be a virtual camp.
We hope to have a residential camp next year in which case roommates are randomly assigned. We try our best to accommodate roommate requests made during the registration process but it is not guaranteed.
Can parents volunteer to help?
EPIC 2020 will ONLY be a virtual camp and we are not taking parent volunteers at the time.
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 it will arrive on time.