Become a Local Sponsor!

Locals that participate in the Local Connections Program get the opportunity to connect with an incoming out-of-state student and be a resource for them as they transition into college at Cal Poly from different areas all over the United States. It is a great way for residents of the San Luis Obispo to stay involved and connected to Cal Poly as well as for faculty & staff at Cal Poly to have a long-term connection to a student.


Get Involved

Have more questions?  Visit the "Contact Us" tab to connect with staff or current students on our advisory board.


Sponsors - Apply Now


Looking to get a better sense of how the application and Sponsorship process works? See below for a brief overview of key dates and expected commitments.


2018-19 Application Opens

From this point until the application closes, you'll be able to access the application to become a Sponsor during the 2018-19 school year online through our website. Make sure to turn in your application by the deadline below, and if you have questions, stay on the lookout for Info Sessions!


2018-19 Applications Due

Make sure you submit your Sponsor application for the 2018-19 school year by today in order for you to be matched to an out-of-state student! You can submit your applications online through our website. If you have additional questions, please Contact Us as soon as possible.


Get a chance to mingle and meet other sponsored students and local sponsors at this fun meet and greet event!


Group Socials


Recruitment/Interest List sign ups


“A tremendous opportunity for out-of-state students to experience the broader community and for locals to share their knowledge and love of SLO County.”- Cindy Marie Absey, 2016 sponsor participant
“Awesome program. So great to connect with young minds and support them while they find their way in the world.” - Christopher Barnickel, 2016 sponsor participant
“We have enjoyed our growing relationships with our students and have loved getting to know every one of them!” - Julia and Scott

Advice for Locals

“Most freshman do not have a car, so just be there for them when and if they need a ride, or have an errand to do. From time to time, just pause and evaluate the relationship to see how it is going, if it needs to be changed. Call your student occasionally to see how he is doing or if needs anything. There are no guidelines on how to develop the relationship, so you have to create it yourselves.” - Harry & Melanie
“Be available and responsive, offer various activity options, be a good listener (ask questions without prying), and be yourself. Introduce the student to your family and/or friends and colleagues to enhance the community’ experience.” - Cindy Marie
“Let your student know that you are there whenever they need you... reach out to the student when you haven't heard from him/her in a while... give offers of airport pick-up or drop off around holiday breaks.” - Garret

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