SOAR is UNCG’s required new student orientation. You will meet other new students and learn about campus resources to help you feel prepared to make a successful transition to college. All students participating in the SOAR program must follow UNCG’s Covid-19 protocols: https://covid.uncg.edu/
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
Before You SOAR
SOAR Dates for Transfer Students Beginning Fall 2022
- Options for choice of SOAR format:
- August 10 – express (in-person) 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All students living on campus in the fall 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!
All first-year students attending August SOAR can fully move into their room on Wednesday, August 10, regardless of hall move in time assignments. This is only for students attending August SOAR.
New Student Fee: $112
The New Student Fee is a standalone fee which covers all SOAR student program costs, accommodations, and materials. The New Student Fee also covers NAV1GATE new student convocation, Rawkin’ Welcome Week, and many other first-year Programs. Students do not pay their New Student Fee at SOAR. The new student fee is applied directly to the student account, and cannot be waived.
The New Student Fee is still applicable if you attend SOAR, yet decide not to attend UNCG.
The New Student Fee is still applicable if you don’t attend SOAR but do attend UNCG for the respective semester.
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.
Make Your SOAR Reservation
SOAR reservations are open now
- Sign in to the New Student Portal – 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 –
- Make your SOAR reservation and select the session you will be attending – you can add your guest reservation at this time
- Are you ready to make your reservation? Click here
*As a reminder, students must have officially confirmed their intent to enroll at UNCG in order to save their SOAR reservation. To confirm your intent to enroll please visit your Student Portal account.
Take Care of These Items
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.
Day of SOAR
Directions & Parking
Spartan Directions is designed to provide quick driving and walking directions to all UNCG campus buildings. The parking offices also provide a map that may help you navigate campus.
Walker Avenue Parking Deck
1360 Walker Avenue
Check-in Time: 7:30am
Check-in Location: EUC Auditorium
Because you are being joined by more than 300 other students and their families during your SOAR session, check-in can be very busy and will require you to be here on-time in order to not miss our welcome session. It’s very important to leave plenty of time for traffic around campus and to get checked-in.
Please print and bring the SOAR schedule to your SOAR session:
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 2020 schedule. For more information on the value of studying a language and the purpose of the diagnostic, visit https://casa.uncg.edu/why-is-it-important-to-study-languages/.
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, 2020.
You will need your iSpartan username and password to log into Canvas.uncg.edu. Once you are logged in, click on the Calculus Readiness Diagnostic, where you’ll find access resources to help you prepare as well as the link to take the Diagnostic.
For more information visit: https://mathstats.uncg.edu/undergraduate/placement/calculus-diagnostic-test/
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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
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Do you have any tips for first-year success that I can share with my student?
SOAR Resource Guide