At SOAR, new students become a part of UNC Greensboro 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 UNC Greensboro.
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.
Make Your SOAR Reservation
- Log in to your SpartanLink account
- Click Steps to Enrolling
- Confirm your acceptance to UNCG
- Click Make your SOAR Reservation and select the session you will be attending
- Be sure to register any parents or family members attending SOAR
Before You SOAR
August SOAR is a two-day program, however, overnight accommodations are not provided. If you are a residential student you will need to contact Housing and Residence Life to move into your residence hall the day prior to SOAR. If you are a commuter student you will need to contact Parking to obtain your parking pass prior to SOAR.
Take Care of These Items
W9S Tax Form
Once You Arrive at SOAR
Check-in time: 7:30am
Elliott University Center
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.
We have gathered together the most frequently asked questions about SOAR and answered them all in one place.
Reserving Your Spot at SOAR
- Where do I go to reserve a place at SOAR?
- You will register for SOAR through your SpartanLink account at https://spartanlink.uncg.edu/default.asp
- Why can’t I see a specific date for SOAR?
- Sessions are divided by College or School. You will only see SOAR dates that pertain to your major.
- If you see no dates for SOAR and Reservations are open you may need to check your steps to enrollment and confirm your intent to enroll. Or you may not need to attend SOAR, only new first-time transfers and new first-time freshman including international students are required to attend SOAR.
- If a SOAR session is full it will disappear from the list.
- Is it better to register for earlier SOAR sessions?
- It is best to register for the earliest SOAR session you can attend so that you will have time to prepare for classes and look into getting involved on campus.
- Getting an earlier SOAR session will help with getting the class times you want. However, you will still get the classes you need regardless of which SOAR session you attend.
- Can I bring guests to SOAR?
- Yes, the cost of one guest to attend is included in the freshmen new student fee.
- You will need to register all guests through your SpartanLink account. Space is limited, register guests as soon as possible.
- Additional guests require an additional fee. Additional fees must be paid before the deadline through SpartanLink. Fees can be paid on-site during SOAR check-in but at an increased rate.
- Can I change my SOAR reservation?
- Yes, you can make changes to your SOAR session through your SpartanLink account up to the day before your reservation. If you missed your scheduled session you will have to cancel your session and register for a new session as the SpartanLink system will not allow you to change a session that has passed.
- Can I change my major before SOAR?
- Yes, when you are choosing your SOAR session in SpartanLink it will ask if you would like to change your major. Once you indicate that you would like to change you will be able to select your new major from a drop-down list.
Before You SOAR
- I’ve made my SOAR reservation, now what?
- Fill out your immunization forms, which can be found on the student health center website. You will have an opportunity to drop off completed forms during your SOAR session.
- You will need to activate your computer accounts to get your UNC Greensboro username and email. you can find more information on activating your computer accounts on the information technology services website
- You will need your official transcripts sent to the registrar’s office before you register for classes.
- Schedule a Campus Tour so you’ll know your way around campus.
- Complete your Academic Advising Inventory or AAI on your SpartanLink Account so your advisors can better help you register for classes.
- Send in a photo to SpartanCard to speed up getting your ID. You will have time to pick up your SpartanCard during SOAR.
- I’m a freshman attending SOAR, do I have to stay overnight?
- Yes, the freshman SOAR is a two-day program and it is required to stay overnight in the residence halls.
- you’ll also want to bring some things for staying overnight such as clothes, toiletries, bed sheets and a pillow.
- Where am I going for SOAR?
- You can print out a paper copy of the PDFs available on the website.
- Check out the Check-in section of our website for specific detals about parking and check-in
Paying for SOAR
- When do I pay my new student fee?
- The new student fee is assessed on your student bill with your first semester’s tuition.
- If you bring additional guests there is an additional fee for their attendance which is not included in the new student fee. The additional fee for guests can be paid prior to the deadline to register for SOAR or on-site during check-in at an increased rate.
- What does the new student fee include?
- The new student fee covers all of the cost of SOAR. This includes two days of programming, four meals, overnight accommodations, and the cost of one guest to attend excluding guests overnight accommodations. It also covers all first-year events such as Rawkin’ Welcome Week, NAV1GATE, and more.
- I want to bring a guest will there be a charge for them to attend?
- The freshmen new student fee includes the cost of one guest to attend.
- Additional guests can be added for a small fee that covers the cost of the guests’ meals, materials, and guest specific programming.
- Space is limited and guests must be registered through your SpartanLink account as soon as possible.
- I paid for a guest but now they cannot come, what do I do?
- Requests for refunds must be made prior to the deadline to register for SOAR.
- To receive a refund you will need to call the office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at 336-334-5231
What Happens at SOAR
- Freshmen Students will spend two days learning about what campus has to offer. This includes taking placement evaluations and registering for classes.
- All students will have the opportunity to:
- Meet with student health services, and drop off immunization records.
- Get your photo taken for your spartan card and obtain your card.
- Meet with your academic college along with other students in your college.
- Hear from Financial aid on how to pay for college.
- and much more.
- Do I need to stay for the entire duration of SOAR?
- Students are required to stay for the entire program.
- If an emergency occurs that prevents you from finishing your SOAR session please notify a member of SOAR staff.
- Parents/family are not required to stay for the entire duration; however, it is strongly encouraged.
- Are freshmen students required to stay overnight on campus during SOAR?
- Yes, even if you do not intend to stay on campus during the year we require all freshmen to stay overnight in the residence halls.
- Parents/family have the option to stay on campus in separate residence halls for a small fee but are not required to do so. We also have discount rates with several local hotels should parents/family choose to stay overnight off campus.
Will Students and Parents/Family be Together Throughout the Duration of SOAR?
- Students and parents/family have separate programs throughout SOAR.
- This gives parents/family the information they need while giving students the opportunity to experience campus on their own.
- Students and parents/family will have to opportunity to reconnect throughout SOAR during a few programs and during meals.
Who Do I Call if…
- …I have questions about on-campus housing?
- 336.334.5636 | https://hrl.uncg.edu/
- …I need to submit my immunization records?
- 336.334.5340 | https://shs.uncg.edu/
- …I need information on parking passes or where to park?
- 336.334.5681 | https://parking.uncg.edu/
- …I need to sign-up for or change a meal plan?
- …I have questions about financial aid?
- 336.334.5702 | https://fia.uncg.edu/
- …I need a payment plan for tuition?
- 336.334.5831 | https://csh.uncg.edu/payment-plan-information/
- …I need to order books?
- 336.334.5563 | https://bookstore.uncg.edu/
- …I have questions about or need to get my student ID?
- 336.334.5651 | https://spartancard.uncg.edu/
- …I have questions about my admission to the University?
- 336.334.5243 | https://admissions.uncg.edu/
I Completed My Days of SOAR, Now What?
SOAR Students or their guests requesting SOAR housing accommodations or interpreting services under the ADA act DURING SOAR must contact New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at 336-334-5231 at least 2 weeks before attending SOAR. Please note that all services and/or equipment considered of a personal nature are the responsibility of the guest. Examples of this: transportation to and from cars/buses and/or the supply and use of a wheelchair.
After SOAR, UNCG students requesting accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the academic year must contact Office of Accessibility Resources & Services at 336-334-5440. You may visit the Office of Accessibility Resources & Services website for more details.
The following languages are required: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. All other language exams are offered in the fall through the corresponding academic department.
If your major appears below, you have a foreign language requirement. If your major does not appear, you can still choose to study a foreign language; talk with your advisor about your interest.
- African American and African-Diaspora Studies BA
- Anthropology BA
- Archaeology BA
- Biochemistry BS
- Biology BA/BS
- Chemistry BA/BS
- Classical Archaeology BA
- Classical Civilization BA
- Communication Studies BA
- Computer Science BS
- English BA
- Environmental Studies BA
- Geography BA
- Greek Language & Literature BA
- History BA
- Integrated Science BA
- International and Global Studies BA
- Languages, Literatures, and Cultures BA
- Latin Language & Literature BA
- Mathematics BA/BS
- Media Studies BA
- Philosophy BA
- Physics BA/BS
- Political Science BA
- Psychology BA/BS
- Religious Studies BA
- Spanish BA
- Sociology BA
- Women’s & Gender Studies BA
- Global Apparel and Retail Studies BS
- International Business Studies BS
School of Health and Human Sciences
- Speech Language Pathology & Audiology BS
College of Visual & Performing Arts
- Art BA
- Choral/General Music Education BM
- Drama BA
- Music BA
- Vocal Performance BM
Resources for Academic Success
Regardless of which SOAR you attend, you will need to prepare for Academic Success. UNCG has a strong commitment 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.
ACADEMIC ADVISING AT UNCG
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.
SOAR ACADEMIC ADVISING AND REGISTRATION
During SOAR, students receive advising and register for classes individually or in small groups in a campus classroom computer lab. Experienced academic advisors assist students throughout the advising and registration process. Students are encouraged to contact their advisors or advising centers before making any schedule changes.
ACADEMIC ADVISING AFTER SOAR
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
The College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center (CASA) advises most first-year majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Only Biochemistry, Interior Architecture, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics majors are assigned to faculty advisors during their first year, rather than CASA. When CASA advisees have earned at least 24 credit hours, they are assigned to faculty advisors in their majors.
Lloyd International Honors College
Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) advises incoming first-year students at SOAR and during a dedicated Honors College orientation prior to the start of classes in August for the International Honors Program. After SOAR, LIHC has two full-time Academic Advisors available to help students complete the International and Disciplinary Honors Program. Additionally, LIHC provides advising for major national and international scholarships and fellowships, such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Goldwater.
Bryan School of Business and Economics
The Undergraduate Student Services Office coordinates advising for all business majors in the Bryan School. Majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business and Marketing are advised by a professional advisor in the Student Services Office whereas Economics, Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies, and Hospitality and Tourism Management majors are advised in the department by faculty members.
School of Education
The School of Education’s Office of Student Services advises all students majoring in professions in deafness, elementary, middle grades, special education, and dual majors’ combination of elementary education and special education during SOAR. Students who are education majors in specific content areas (such as English, biology, music, etc.) receive advising from that content area during SOAR.
After SOAR each student will be assigned an SOE advisor based on their last name. Students work with their advisor each semester to meet degree & licensure requirements, understand academic options & resources available to them and make educational plans to meet their goals and interests.
School of Health and Human Sciences
A team of faculty members and professional advisors in the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) advise undergraduate students during SOAR. Once registered, students are then assigned to the faculty member, professional advisor, or advising center based on their major.
Secondary admission application procedures are required for the Departments of (1) Communication Sciences and Disorders, (2) Human Development and Family Studies, (3) Kinesiology, (4) Public Health Education, and (5) Social Work. In these respective departments, students are prevented from progressing in their advanced curricula until formal acceptance into the department occurs.
College of Visual & Performing Arts
All undergraduate music majors are advised by the Director of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Music. Advising in the School of Theatre, the School of Dance, the School of Art and Arts Administration will be with faculty advisors.
School of Nursing
The School of Nursing’s Office of Undergraduate Advising provides academic advising to all freshmen pre-nursing majors during the first year. In the second year, students are assigned a dedicated faculty advisor.
Admission to the upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing major is by application only (near the end of the sophomore year.) Students must maintain minimum academic requirements to progress in this particular major. Admission to the program is academically competitive and students are encouraged to understand the academic requirements to be competitive for admission to the program. For more information please visit http://nursing.uncg.edu/Undergraduate/advising/.
Exploratory (Undecided) Majors
The Students First Office provides academic advising for all Exploratory (Undecided) Majors until they have declared and been officially admitted to a major. In SFO, academic advising is an educational process in which you and your advisor partner together in meeting established learning outcomes, working toward your academic success, and outlining steps you will take in achieving your personal, educational, and career goals. Students meet with their SFO advisor two times each semester, once during the first 6-8 weeks of the term and then again during the traditional advising & registration period. For more information on academic advising for Exploratory Majors, visit the “Exploratory Majors” information page on the Students First website or call (336) 334-5730.
Students First Office (SFO) The Students First Office coordinates intervention processes across different academic and administrative units in order to determine the best possible success strategies for students facing academic, social, or financial setbacks. In collaboration with other support services across campus, the office serves as an Academic One-Stop-Shop for assisting students with academic advising, academic appeals, course overload requests, and graduation plan completion. In addition, SFO also serves as the centralized academic advising center for all Exploratory (Undecided) Majors at UNCG. For more information, visit the Students First website or call or call (336) 334-5730.
First-Year Transition Courses (FYE 101, BUS 105, NUR 110, HHS125)
These courses, designed to help ensure a successful transition to UNCG, expose new students to academic tools, campus resources, and opportunities for campus and community involvement. FYE 101: Succeed at the G is open to all first-year students. BUS 105 is specifically for freshmen with majors in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. NUR 110 is specifically designed for students planning to major in Nursing. HHS125 is designed for students exploring health majors.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center (SSC) offers 4 academic support programs for UNCG students: the Learning Assistance Center (LAC), Special Support Services (SSS), Supplemental Instruction Program (SIP), and Student Study Program (SSP).
- The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) serves the entire undergraduate student body. Support services include: small group and individual tutoring, academic skills assessments, computer-assisted academic skills enhancement, and academic skills workshops.
- Special Support Services (SSS) is available to students who are first-generation, from modest income backgrounds, or who have a disability, and who also demonstrate academic need for services. Services include writing and research instruction, graduate/professional school guidance, tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and use of a learning lab.
· The Supplemental Instruction Program (SIP) provides discussion and review forums designed to help you achieve success in a course that has been designated as historically difficult.
- Student Study Program (SSP) connects students enrolled in the same course & section number to engage in a collaborative study process. This collaborative group concept fosters greater study habits and positive relationships among peers.
Each program serves the individual needs of students as they work toward undergraduate degrees and develop into lifelong learners. All of the academic support services offered are FREE! Additionally, students using our services achieve higher course grades and GPAs. More information about the Student Success Center programs can be found at http://success.uncg.edu/.
Office of Accessibility Resources & Services (OARS)
The Office of Accessibility Resources (OARS) provides support for students with a variety of disabilities and diagnosed learning differences. Students should contact this office to determine if they qualify for assistance. For more information, please refer to the OARS section of this publication or to their webpage: http://ods.uncg.edu/.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center strives to enhance the confidence and competence of student writers by providing free, individual assistance at any stage of a writing project. Staff consultants are experienced writers and alert readers, prepared to offer feedback and suggestions on drafts of papers, help students find answers to their questions about writing, and provide one-on-one instruction as needed. More information about the University Writing Center is available at http://writingcenter.uncg.edu/.
University Speaking Center
The University Speaking Center provides consultation support and instructional workshop services for UNCG students, faculty, employees, and members of the Greensboro community. Our support is designed to help speakers further develop their own oral communication confidence and competence. We provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, interpersonal communication, and group or team communication.
The Speaking Center is located along with the Writing Center in 3211 MHRA. We are on the third floor. MHRA is on the corner of Forest and Spring Garden – diagonally across the street from the Mossman Building. http://speakingcenter.uncg.edu/
Career Services Center
The Career Services Center (CSC) provides individual and group support to all levels of students in their career development process. Whether it is career and self-exploration, identifying and participating in experiential learning opportunities, the graduate school decision-making and application process, developing and maintaining professional networks, or preparing for the professional employment process, the CSC can equip students with the information and tools needed to make well-informed career decisions. To learn more about the CSC and its services go to https://csc.uncg.edu/
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should my student register for a first-year experience course?
We encourage all new students to take a first-year experience course such as FYE 101, BUS 105A, NUR 110, or HES 110 to maximize their success while transitioning to a new learning environment. These courses equip and empower new students to develop and achieve their academic and personal goals. Research indicates that UNCG students who take these courses achieve higher GPAs and are generally more successful than students who do not take a first-year experience course. Encourage your student to register for one of these courses.
When does a student need to declare a major?
New students often arrive without having declared a specific major. With assistance from their advisor in the Students First Office, many students use their first two or three semesters to explore majors by sampling courses across the curriculum that meet their General Education Core (GEC) requirements. For many students, choosing a major is a learning and exploration process. It is important to encourage students to reflect on their interests and strengths while searching for a major. The Students First Office and the CSC can help students uncover and build upon their interests and strengths to help narrow their search. While there is not a designated semester in which a student must declare a major, a selection is recommended by the time he or she has accumulated 45 hours of course credit. In addition, certain majors do require an early commitment by students who plan to graduate in four years. Special admission requirements for specific majors such as GPA, course prerequisites, auditions, applications, and/or interviews are described in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
What are Freshman Seminar courses?
Freshman Seminar courses give students the opportunity to study a topic in depth while earning credit in the General Education Core (GEC) or to fulfill the College Additional Requirements (CAR). The seminars are small discussion classes taught by faculty selected for their commitment and interest in undergraduate teaching and are available for freshmen only. The seminars have no prerequisites and do not presume any special knowledge about the topics to be covered.
Do you have any tips for first-year success that I can share with my student?
We encourage students to:
- Vist Your First Year website for tips and resources at newstudents.uncg.edu/yfy.
- Create a balanced schedule with a variety of courses planned for every day of the week.
- Register for a first-year experience course.
- Maintain balance between academics and employment.
- Get involved on campus through Campus Activities & Programs.
- Go to class.
- Build relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
- Take advantage of campus resources.
- Explore different majors, especially if you are an Exploratory (Undecided) Major.
- Ask for help at any time!