SOAR is UNCG’s required new student orientation. Your student will meet other new students and learn about campus resources to help them feel prepared to make a successful transition to college. Parents and family members will meet other Spartan families and learn about UNCG.

Each student is permitted to bring two parents or adult family members to SOAR. To make a reservation for a parent or adult family member, students will need to log in to The New Student Portal. Parents and family members will have access to all of the SOAR materials listed here:


June 2023 SOAR info will be posted soon.





Make Your SOAR Reservations


  1. Log in to the New Student Portal and be sure to use your UNCG username and password. Your UNCG username and email address are very similar so they are easy to mix up:
    Username: smith
  2. Complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey in the New Student Portal.
  3. Make your SOAR reservation and select the session you’d like to attend from the available options. Students attend SOAR based on their major’s corresponding School. Not sure which School your major falls under? Click here to view a complete list.
  • Students will need to confirm their intent to enroll by May 1st, 2023 to avoid their SOAR reservation being cancelled.
  • Students must make reservations for all guests.  There is a maximum of two adult family member guests; the first guest is free and the second guest is charged the guest fee.  Guests who do not have a reservation must make one on-site and, if the second guest, must pay on-site.

Take Care of These Items


All official communication about UNCG to the student is in the UNCG email - be sure you are checking your UNCG email

For more information about the types of accounts required and other IT information, visit The Information Technology and Services (ITS) website.

Apply for financial aid by filing your FAFSA. Our Financial Aid Office can provide more information about our process.

Get familiar with our housing options and review the housing application process through Housing and Residence Life.

Submit your SpartanCard Photo on-line using the SpartanCard Center website.

The UNCG Immunizations office is open Monday – Friday 8 am until 5 pm. The office is located on the second floor of the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center. Find Immunization Forms on the Student Health Center website.

Every student is required to complete a W9S Tax Form and submit to the Cashiers Office.

Verify with your high school and/or current college to confirm that an official copy of your academic transcript(s) has been sent to the UNCG Registrar’s Office.

If you are taking 6 or more campus credit hours, you must submit proof of creditable health insurance at:

OARS ensures students have the necessary accommodations for equitable access.

OARS Information

SOAR Guest Fees

SOAR Guest #1 - Free

SOAR Guest #2 - $30/$40

Your guest reservation includes SOAR programming, materials, meals, and parking. There is no cost for the student reservation and each student can bring one parent or adult family member for free. You have the option to make an online reservation for one additional parent or adult family member for a fee of $30, or pay on-site for $40.

Guests must be adult family members and there are no overnight accommodations on campus for guests.

The New Student Fee and SOAR guest fee is still applicable if  your students and their guest attends SOAR, yet decide not to attend UNCG.

Refund Policy

The guest fee(s) is fully refundable only if the SOAR guest reservation is canceled no fewer than 5 (five) business days (M-F, 8 am-5 pm) in advance of the reserved SOAR session start date. No partial refunds.


Spring SOAR For First Year Students 

Spring SOAR first year students will be a one-day in-person program hosted on January 6, 2023!

All students living on campus in the spring need to be fully moved in prior to the start of your SOAR session.  All first-year students should take advantage of Stop Drop and Roll – more info here!

January SOAR Inclement Weather Plan

In case of a University delay or closure due to inclement weather, Spartan Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) will be cancelled. In place of in-person SOAR, we will host live information sessions via Zoom. Each session will feature representatives from across campus to share important information and answer questions to guide you to appropriate resources.

As soon as the University makes a call, we will send all SOAR participants an email announcement and Zoom links. We encourage you to stay tuned to Greensboro weather and your email.


Click here to view the First Year Parent and Family schedule

Parking, Meals, and Overnight Accommodations

  • FREE parking will be available in the Walker Avenue parking deck.
  • 3 meals are provided during SOAR for First-Year students: lunch and dinner on day one, and breakfast on day two.
  • All first-year students are required to stay on campus overnight in SOAR housing.  There are no overnight accommodations for parent and family members.  Need overnight accommodations prior to SOAR?  See our local hotel list here.
  • More information about parking, meals, and accommodations will be emailed to students and guests with reservations closer to your session date.

Day of SOAR


Foreign Language Placement Evaluations

If you have studied French, German, or Spanish in high school, please register for and complete the Additional Language Placement Diagnostic before your SOAR session.

After clicking on the link, you will need to:

  • Set up an account using your new UNCG student ID number, email address (preferably your UNCG email), and a password of your choosing
  • Select the language you plan to study
  • Complete the pre-test survey
  • Then begin the test

The diagnostic is fully online, will take 15-30 minutes to complete, and is multiple choice (no listening or speaking involved).

Your advisor will help you understand what your score means, and how to use that information in shaping your Fall 2023 schedule. For more information on the value of studying a language and the purpose of the diagnostic, visit the webpage for Languages, Literature and Cultures.

Math Placement Evaluations

Depending on your major, you may need to take the UNCG Calculus Readiness Diagnostic. You have two attempts to complete the Diagnostic. You should take your first attempt as soon as possible (ideally before your SOAR session).

The deadline to complete your second attempt is July 15, 2023.

To access the Diagnostic:

  1. Visit the MathStats website.
  2. Click the “Registration for the Calculus Readiness Diagnostic” link on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. The diagnostic will be added as a course to your Canvas Page.  You will need your iSpartan username and password to log in.

Once you are logged into Canvas, click on the Calculus Readiness Diagnostic, where you’ll find resources to help you prepare as well as the link to take the Diagnostic.

After SOAR

Resources for Academic Success

UNCG is committed to student success and provides programs and services that will support students as they grow personally and academically. It is important that students be aware and take advantage of the services that UNCG has to offer. Some of the programs and services designed to assist students are listed below.