Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does EPIC camp cost?
- $450: 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
- Fee Amount TBD (Due to COVID-19 a residential program will not be offered in 2021)
- 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
When can I apply?
The application process opens on January 2, 2021 and closes 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.
Can I attend a session for a different grade level?
We have expanded the sessions to include different grade levels to best serve the students’ needs. Students who will be in 7th-8th grade in the fall of 2021 should apply for the first session only. Students who will be in 9th-12th grade in the fall of 2021 may apply for sessions 2-5.
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?
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.
What are the camp hours?
8:10-9:00 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 (2021 will NOT have a residential program)
Camp check in begins on Sunday afternoon. Daily programming begins at 7:30 a.m. and lights out are at 11:00pm. Camp check out is Friday afternoon.
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 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 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 12 months of extra-curriculars. 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 the 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. $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?
ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM.
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.
A charter bus is also available for pick up and drop off from pre-designated areas in El Segundo, San Jose, and Oakland, CA.
Check again later for specific times and locations and information on how to sign up.
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 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.
- 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 (We will not be going to the pool since it is under construction. However, we may be doing some water games.)
- Toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
- 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.)
- Phones are allowed but may not be used during camp activities.
- Spending money for snacks, Starbucks, arcade, and University Bookstore.
- Ear plugs
- Small fan for dorm
- Flashlight for night hike
Please see our residential page for information about what to bring.
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?
Roommates are randomly assigned only for the residential program. We try to pair up students based on age and grade level. We try to accommodate roommate requests made during registration but make no guarantees.
Can parents volunteer to help?
We can use parent/supporter volunteers during student check in and check out for the residential program.
In addition, if a parent/support is an engineer and would like to serve as a speaker we can always use your help for both the virtual and residential program.
Please notify us as soon as your student is register if you would like to volunteer by emailing us at email@example.com
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.