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: newstudents.uncg.edu/soar/soar-resources/soar-resources
June 2023 SOAR info will be posted soon.
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.
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.
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: http://www.uncg.edu/shs/student-insurance.
OARS ensures students have the necessary accommodations for equitable access.
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.
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.
Day of 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.
Few experiences in students’ academic careers have as much potential for influencing their development as academic advising. Advisors help students understand how to develop sound academic and career goals, become successful learners, and understand their role in the academic community. Advising at UNCG may feel very different from advising in high school. In comparison, choosing classes in high school is relatively simple because there are fewer choices. At UNCG, there are over 100 different majors, providing students with a variety of choices when selecting courses.
In the New Student Portal, students will complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey. Students' academic advisor will use this information to register students for classes, and they will have an opportunity to finalize their schedule prior to the start of the Spring semester. Students' must complete this survey to sign up for an orientation session, so they should complete the survey as soon as possible.
At UNCG, academic programs are organized under seven areas: College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Bryan School of Business and Economics, School of Education, School of Health and Human Sciences, College of Visual & Performing Arts, and School of Nursing and, for Exploratory Students, the Students First Office will serve as your advising location. Each academic department provides academic advising to meet the needs of its students. Advising during the first year is much different from the SOAR advising experience. Students are assigned to advisors or advising centers based on their majors during the first semester as advising models vary by department.
College of Arts and Sciences
Lloyd International Honors College
Bryan School of Business and Economics
School of Education
School of Health and Human Sciences
College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Nursing
Exploratory (Undecided) Majors
Students First Office (SFO)
First-Year Transition Courses
Academic Achievement Center
Office of Accessibility Resources & Services (OARS)
University Writing Center
University Speaking Center
Career & Professional Development
What are Freshman Seminar courses?