Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the camp cost?

The registration fees for the 2017 EPIC summer programs are as follows:
     Residential Programs:  $1,620

     Middle School Day Camp: $620 (Add $1000 for residential)

When can I apply?

The application process opens in February. Your application is due by April 15. Because EPIC is an outreach program, acceptance is not based on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we do start accepting students during the first week of April, 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 camper’s needs. Students currently in grades 6-8th can only attend the first session.  Students currenlty 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. 

Can Non-Citizen's attend EPIC?

You do not have to be a US citizen to attend EPIC.

Can I stay off campus rather than in the dorms?

Session 1 Day Camp for middle school students is the only session that allows campers to stay off campus. The other sessions — all residential programs — are designed to offer campers an around-the-clock university experience. Scholarships are available if affordability is your concern. Please contact us if you have a medical condition that would make a campus stay difficult.

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

Yes! The EPIC program for high school students is residential only. There is also a residential option for middle school students.

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

Thanks to donations from EPIC’s industry sponsors, scholarship funds are available. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship if you need full or partial financial assistance. Your scholarship application is due by April 15 with your EPIC application. Click here to get started.

What are the camp hours?

Session 1 Middle School Day Camp: Check in at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.  Programing is 8:30 a.m. to 5pm.   (Residential Program check in is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Session 2, 3 and 4 High School Residential Programs: Check in on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Check out is 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

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.  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 regardles 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 it's best to determine which students will gain the most from the program.

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

Yes. EPIC is open to all students. Although our main goal is to draw those students who are underserved in engineering, the program is open to all students. 

Does being an employee of Cal Poly increase my dependents chances of being admitted to EPIC?

When filling out your dependents EPIC application, make sure to state your name and relationship to the dependent.  You will list it under the field "List the names of any relatives that have ever worked at Cal Poly".  Five percent of the camper spots are reserved per session for Cal Poly employee dependents.  However, a partial or full scholarship is not guaranteed.

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?

We begin accepting camp applicants during the first week of April, so while acceptance is not based on a first-come, first-served basis, it is best to apply early. Your essay and application information are used to determine acceptance.

You will receive an email notification of your application’s status by April 30th.

Can I drive to the camp?

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?

You have until May 19 to complete the online registration and pay the program fee. Liability forms must be mailed by May 30.

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?

A daily shuttle bus will pick up and drop off Session 1 (Middle School) Day Camp participants at Righetti High School, Fesler Junior High and Arroyo Grande High School at no extra charge. If we have at least 10 campers from North County, we will add a North County shuttle to the schedule. For Session 1, there will not be any transportation provided outside the daily shuttle bus from Santa Maria.

For residential Sessions 2, 3 and 4, shuttle buses from Los Angeles and the Bay Area will transport campers to Cal Poly on Sunday and return them on Friday at no extra charge. At camp’s end on Friday, a shuttle bus will take campers to Arroyo Grande High School and Santa Maria High School. (A bus will not be available on Sunday for camp check-in.)

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 30th to submit their registration paperwork. 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?

Session 1, 2, 3, and 4 residential programs include breakfast, lunch and dinner. We recommend packing daytime and nighttime snacks. The dorms do have vending machines and microwaves.

The Day Camp will include lunch daily, along with water and afternoon snacks. We encourage you to eat a substantial breakfast at home to sustain you until lunchtime.

What is your mailing address?

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

What should I bring to camp?

Day Camp students should bring a water bottle each day. On the first day, each camper will receive a bag that includes a notebook, pens and pencils. Campers will be asked to write their names on the bags and bring them every day to carry their things.

For the residential programs, 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 guaratees.

How will roommates be assigned?

During the registration process, you will give us your preferences for the type of roommate you would like (social, quiet, athlete, morning bird, night owl, same ethnicity). We do our best to place you with similar individuals to give you the best experience as possible.


Can parents volunteer to help?

Yes! Parents or guardians interested can offer to volunteer by emailing us at epic@calpoly.edu. Please note that Cal Poly requires all staff members and volunteers working with minors to have background checks and fingerprint scans on file. Background checks can take up to a month to complete so let us know soon.