At SOAR, new students become a part of UNCG by interacting with other students, faculty, and staff in small, informal groups. Students will plan an academic program with an academic advisor, complete all registration procedures, and experience the unique culture and spirit of UNCG.

SOAR Dates

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Online reservations will open Monday, October 16th.

The January Freshman SOAR is a one-day program and all newly admitted students are required to attend.

Make Your SOAR Reservation

  1. Log in to your SpartanLink account
  2. Click Steps to Enrolling
  3. Confirm your acceptance to UNCG
  4. Click Make your SOAR Reservation and select the session you will be attending
  5. Be sure to register any parents or family members attending SOAR

Spartan Link

SOAR Schedules

Please print and bring the SOAR schedule to your SOAR session:

Download the PDF here

  • 7:30-8:00am: Check-in, EUC Auditorium
  • 8:00-8:25am: SOAR Welcome
  • 8:25-9:35am: Self-Guided Time (Spartan EXPO, Financial Aid Q&A, Tours, SpartanCard photos, etc.)
  • 9:40-10:20am: Student Support Resources
  • 10:25-11:25am: Academic Welcome
  • 11:30am-12:00pm: Block Session A
  • 12:05-12:35pm: Block Session B
  • 12:40-1:40pm: Parent & Family Lunch
  • 12:40-1:40pm: Lunch & Student Small Groups
  • 1:45-2:15pm: Parent & Family Resources
  • 1:45pm: Academic Advising & Course Registration
  • 2:20-3:00pm: Coffee & Questions

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New Student Fee : $172

The cost of a SOAR reservation for one (1) parent or family member is included in your student’s New Student fee. The New Student fee covers your student’s SOAR program. The New Student Fee is part of the UNCG student account and is not paid in advance. Advance reservations are required for both student and parent.

Additional parents or adult family members may be added to the SOAR reservation for an additional $40 per person (if paid by January 2nd-last day to register online)or $50 for on-site payment on your SOAR Day.

The New Student Fee includes:
Lunch for both both student and 1 guest
Parking and materials
Additional Parent & Family SOAR reservation fee includes:
Parking and materials

Making payments and cancellations

Payments for additional Parent & Family SOAR guests is due at the time of the SOAR reservation by credit card online through SpartanLink. We do not accept personal checks or money orders. Please have your student log into their SpartanLink account to register you for the Parent & Family SOAR program. You will be prompted to pay for the Parent & Family SOAR program at the time you make your reservation. Reservations for the Parent & Family SOAR program not paid by the deadlines will be canceled. Students do not pay for SOAR in advance, their fee is included in the UNCG bill.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your reservation, please have your student log-in to their SpartanLink account and cancel your reservation. Once you have cancelled your reservation through the online reservation system, please contact our office at 336-334-5231 to complete your refund request. Partial refunds cannot be made. If a partial refund is needed, your entire reservation will be refunded and a new reservation will need to be made. Changes in rates may apply. SOAR is designed to cover materials presented over a two day period. As a guest you may choose to leave if necessary, however, you may miss presentations and the fees for SOAR will be the full price. Please note that students are required to stay for the entire SOAR program.

Young Children and Friends

The transition to college is an exciting time for the entire family; however, we recommend that young children do not attend. Our program is not designed to accommodate the unique needs and interests of younger people. If children must accompany family members during SOAR, please note that each guest must pay a guest fee, regardless of age.

Before You SOAR

Overnight Accommodations

We do not provide overnight accommodations during the January SOAR program. Parents and Family may choose one of our local area hotels.  We highly recommend one of our SOAR sponsors. Please ask for the “SOAR Rate” when making reservations to the local hotel.

O’Henry & Proximity* Discounted rates at the beautiful O.Henry & Proximity hotels are available during SOAR.  Use the code “SPARTANS” in the Special Offers/Corporate Code section OR book directly below.

Proximity Hotel logo

Click here to book Proximity

Located just 10 minutes from campus. Book Proximity online now or reference “UNCG University Rate” when calling 336-379-8200

OHenry Hotel logo

Click here to book O.Henry

Located just 10 minutes from campus. Book O. Henry online now or reference “UNCG University Rate” when calling 336-854-2000

Drury Inn and Suites

“The Extras Aren’t Extra”

For reservations call: 800-DRURYINN (800-378-7946) and ask for the UNCG rate. You may also book online.

Fairfield Inn and Suites

4308 Big Tree Way Greensboro, NC 27409
Book Fairfield Inn & Suites online
Located just 10 minutes from campus. Book Fairfield Inn & Suites online now or reference “UNCG” rate when calling (336) 369-1300.

Other Area Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn
Sheraton Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center
Best Western Plus Greensboro Coliseum Area

Freshman living on-campus and attending the January SOAR session should contact Housing and Residence Life for details about moving in before your SOAR session. If you have other questions or concerns about your move-in date, please contact Housing and Residence Life.

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Directions & Parking


Spartan Directions is designed to provide quick driving and walking directions to all UNCG campus buildings.


Walker Avenue Parking Deck
1360 Walker Avenue
Greensboro, NC

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Once You Arrive at SOAR