We are excited to offer a required in-person program for all new Freshmen, Transfer & Adult Students called SOAR: The Campus Edition. These plans are dependent on our ability to follow and adhere to all mandated guidelines in place this August.

If you’re commuting to campus or living off-campus, you will attend one 3 hour block on either August 11 or 12. If you’re a residential student living on campus, you will attend one 3-hour block on either August 13 or 14. Spaces will be first-come so be sure to make your reservation via your SpartanLink account as soon as possible.

SOAR: The Campus Edition Sessions

Commuter days (freshmen, transfer & adult)

August 11

Wave 1: 8:30am-11:30am
Wave 2: 9:00am-12:00pm
Wave 3: 9:30am-12:30pm

Wave 1: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wave 2: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Wave 3: 2:30pm-5:30pm

August 12

Wave 1: 8:30am-11:30am
Wave 2: 9:00am-12:00pm
Wave 3: 9:30am-12:30pm

Wave 1: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wave 2: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Wave 3: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Residential days (freshmen, transfer & adult)
August 13

Wave 1: 8:30am-11:30am
Wave 2: 9:00am-12:00pm
Wave 3: 9:30am-12:30pm

Wave 1: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wave 2: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Wave 3: 2:30pm-5:30pm

August 14

Wave 1: 8:30am-11:30am
Wave 2: 9:00am-12:00pm
Wave 3: 9:30am-12:30pm

Wave 1: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wave 2: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Wave 3: 2:30pm-5:30pm

For the commuter days, parking will be available in the Walker Parking Deck

For those that attended June Virtual SOAR make your SOAR: the campus edition reservation by following these steps

  1. Log in to your SpartanLink account
  2. Click the top yellow bar that says, “Click here to view your registration and make any changes.”
  3. Click the “Change Session” button.
  4. Select the session you will be attending

For those who haven’t attended June Virtual SOAR make Your SOAR reservation

  1. Log in to your SpartanLink account
  2. Click Steps to Enrolling
  3. Confirm your acceptance to UNCG
  4. Complete the Academic Advising Inventory in SpartanLink
  5. Click Make your SOAR Reservation and select the session you will be attending

Spartan Link

Take Care of These Items


You need to access and be 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. Immunization forms need to be submitted at or before your soar session.

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: http://www.uncg.edu/shs/student-insurance.


New Student Fee: $254

The cost of a SOAR reservation is included in your student’s New Student fee. The New Student Fee covers many programs for new students, including SOAR, NAV1GATE, Rawkin' Welcome Week, Your First Year and more! 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.

Day of SOAR


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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Virtual SOAR Frequently Asked Questions

UNC Greensboro’s orientation program was postponed and moved to a virtual format in June.
Explore our frequently asked questions below.  Feel free to contact us at soar@uncg.edu

What is June virtual SOAR?

  • June Virtual SOAR is the orientation program that will be conducted online that consists of required welcome sessions, student small groups, and panels for both students and families.  

How do I sign-up for June virtual SOAR?

  • You will sign up for June virtual SOAR at spartanlink.uncg.edu. 

If I’ve already signed up for a June SOAR in-person session, do I need to sign-up for a June virtual SOAR session?

  • Nope! If you’ve already signed up for a SOAR session, that is the date of your virtual SOAR session.  

What is the June virtual SOAR schedule for the day?

  • The June virtual SOAR schedule is as follows:

Is June virtual SOAR required?

  • Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to attend their June virtual SOAR session and complete their Canvas course.  You must complete these two items to receive access to your course schedule.

How do I access the June virtual SOAR sessions? 

  • Students and families will receive URLs via email to access the YouTube Live Stream and student small groups on Zoom.

Is there a June virtual SOAR option for parents and families of incoming students?

  • On the June virtual SOAR date, parents and families will attend the Welcome Session and the Get Involved panel with their students.  We will host a Parent & Family only session at 1pm (EST) on the June virtual SOAR date.  

If I already paid for my guest, will I get a refund?

  • Yes, we are processing all of the guest refunds including additional guests and/or overnight accommodations.  

What equipment do I need for June virtual SOAR?

  • You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the June virtual SOAR sessions and the Canvas course. 

What will June virtual SOAR cost? 

  • There is no additional cost to June virtual SOAR.  The cost of SOAR is included in the New Student Fee.  The New Student Fee is a one-time fee assessed to all new undergraduate students and is used to fund a series of services and programs to support students in the transition to and through the first year of college, such as SOAR, NAV1GATE, Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks, Your First Year, and peer mentor programs.  The New Student Fee is applied to the student bill.

When is my Canvas course due?

  • Your Canvas course is due two weeks after your June virtual SOAR date.  

How do I get my class schedule?

  • After attending your June virtual SOAR date and completing your Canvas course, you will receive an email to your UNCG account in late June or early July to access your course schedule and meet with your advisor if you would like to make changes.  

Who are the Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS)?

  • The Spartan Orientation Staff or SOS are current UNCG students that serve as orientation leaders.  They will lead the small group sessions during June virtual SOAR and as a resource to answer questions as students transition to UNCG.  

Will there be-in person sessions in August?

  • If we are able to gather, we are planning to host in-person orientation programs prior to the first day of classes.  We will follow CDC and mandated guidelines to ensure the safety of all students.  

After SOAR

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.

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.

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.

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.

SOAR Sponsors