Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the camp cost?

The registration fee for 2019 is $1,620. All sessions are residential only camps.

When can I apply?

The application process opens on February 1, 2019. 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 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. 

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?

All sessions are residential programs only.  They 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! All EPIC sessions are residential programs. 

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?

Check in for all sessions is on Sunday at 3:00pm.  Check out is on Friday at 4:15pm.  Camp activities begin soon after camp check in on Sunday. To view a sample of the camp schedule click here

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 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 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. 

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 18 to complete the online registration and pay the program fee. Liability forms must be mailed by May 17.

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?

Free transportation from Hawthorne, San Jose, and Oakland is available for pickup on Sunday and drop off on Friday.  However, you must sign up during the registration process in order to secure a spot.

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?

Yes. 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 vending machines and microwaves.

What should I bring to camp?

On the first day, each camper will receive a bag that includes a notebook, waterbottle, pen, and pencils. Campers will be asked to write their names on the bags and bring them every day to carry their things.  Summers in San Luis Obispo are generally cool.  However, we have had some heat waves during EPIC.  Therefore, we recommend you pack a small fan.

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?

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.

What is your mailing address?

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